Turn your love of animals and their care into a career as a veterinary technician with an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Vermont State University. Veterinary technicians are the link between clients, their animals (from pets to livestock), and the veterinarian. You will start working hands-on with animals right away as you learn all you need to perform laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, and surgical care roles, as well as patient diagnosis and client education. All of your courses will be taught by veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians.
Why Study Veterinary Technology at Vermont State?
- Work with animals on day one: You’ll work with dairy cattle, horses, dogs, cats, rodents, reptiles, and birds. You’ll also learn basic restraint and handling of sheep, chickens, and rabbits.
- Extensive equipment for training: Facilities and equipment on campus include an operating room for spays and neuters, a brand-new digital radiograph system including a dental x-ray machine, and a portable x-ray machine for large animals. Tour our Veterinary Technology Lab here.
- 100% placement rate: Program graduates were employed or enrolled in further education within six months of graduation. Vermont State vet techs work in veterinary practices, universities, pharmaceutical/biological research companies, diagnostic labs, feed companies, zoos, and government veterinary facilities.
- Qualify to take the VTNE: Passing the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) gives you a license to practice in nearly every state. See our student pass rates. In Vermont, you can also apply to become a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT).
- Easy transition to a bachelor’s: Continue your education in one of our bachelor’s programs, such as a B.S. in Business from Vermont State. You can also earn a B. S. in Animal Science at the University of Vermont through a cooperative agreement.
- Good earning potential: Veterinary technicians earn a median annual salary of $36,850, and jobs in this field are expected to grow 15% between 2020-2030.*
Financial Aid for Veterinary Technology Students
Vermont State University is providing a high-quality, affordable degree in Veterinary Technology to students across Vermont and Beyond. More than 80 percent of Vermont State students are awarded financial aid, including new students, transfer students, international students, out-of-state students, and first-generation students. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options.
Internships & Jobs in Veterinary Technology
Vermont State Veterinary Technology students gain hands-on experience working with a variety of species including dogs, cats, horses, cows, goats, rabbits, rats, birds, and reptiles.
In addition, students are required to complete a 300-hour externship between the first and second year of the degree program, at least half of which is at a primary care small animal practice. Students may spend the other half at a specialty practice. Many Vermont State veterinary technician students are hired by their externship placements immediately upon graduation.
Graduates of the program have held positions at:
- Angell Animal Medical Center
- At-Home Veterinary Care
- Country Animal Hospital
- Essex Veterinary Center
- Fitzgerald Veterinary Hospital
- Hudson Animal Hospital
- Kedron Valley Clinic
- Lamoille Valley Veterinary
- Littleton Area Veterinary
- Emergency Services
This program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
“The veterinary science field will provide me with a hands-on career where I can work with animals of all types.”Greta Kuhnly, ’20