Veterinary technicians work under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to provide health care for animals in various settings. Career options for graduate technicians include private practices, emergency clinics, specialty clinics, educational institutions, research facilities, government agencies and zoological parks. Students work with companion animals, food animals, horses, laboratory animals and exotic species throughout this program.

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Program Admissions Requirements

Application may be submitted to the Health Careers Enrollment Center after meeting the following requirements:

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • GPA required: 2.75 in program admission required courses, 2.25 in other college courses. 
  • Written verification of 10 hours of recent (within one calendar year prior to Program application) observation/shadowing or employment in a veterinary facility.
  • Complete the following admissions requirement courses with a grade of "C" or higher.  Admission requirement courses may be repeated only once to improve a grade below "C".  Only two withdrawals total from any of these courses for academic reasons will be accepted.
VT-1120Introduction to Veterinary Technology2
MATH-1240Contemporary Mathematics (or higher)3
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Biological Chemistry
Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
Select one of the following:3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I

Other Information

  • 24 students per year are accepted into the program.
  • Upon acceptance to the program and prior to matriculation, the applicant will be required to complete the health requirements and criminal background check for the veterinary technology program.
  • Accepted candidates will be required to attend a group information session prior to their first fall semester in the program.
  • Criminal background check required.
  • Applicants must establish and use an account with a recordkeeping service designated by the College for Health Careers for the background check and health information.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Utilize knowledge and interpersonal skills to educate clients and communicate with colleagues.
  2. Obtain, process, analyze, and record accurate multi-modal diagnostic information.
  3. Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations and act in a professional and ethical manner in accordance with AVMA and NAVTA Guidelines.
  4. Identify and understand the pharmacology and effects of drugs and therapeutic substances in various animal species.
  5. Operate and maintain veterinary equipment and facilities.
  6. Provide proficient animal husbandry, medical, and surgical care.
  7. Apply organizational principles and practices that permit a facility to provide quality patient care and client service.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Program Admissions Requirements SemesterCredit Hours
BIO-1100 Introduction to Biological Chemistry 3 3
MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics (or higher) 2 3
VT-1120 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 2
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I 1
Honors College Composition I
 Credit Hours11
First Semester
BIO-1410 Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals I 4
VT-1325 Veterinary Office Applications 2
VT-1401 Veterinary Science I 4
VT-1521 Veterinary Pathology I 2
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
BIO-1420 Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals II 3
VT-1530 Veterinary Pathology II 2
VT-1600 Veterinary Surgical Nursing and Assisting 3
VT-1700 Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging 3
VT-2300 Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians 2
 Credit Hours13
Summer Session
VT-2200 Dentistry for Veterinary Technicians 1
VT-2402 Veterinary Pathology III 2
VT-2851 Veterinary Practicum and Seminar I 1
VT-1410 Veterinary Science II 3
 Credit Hours7
Third Semester
VT-2412 Veterinary Pathology IV 2
VT-2520 Animal Health and Disease 3
VT-2610 Veterinary Anesthesia, Analgesia, & Dental Techniques 3
VT-2860 Veterinary Practicum and Seminar II 2
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Honors Speech Communication
 Credit Hours13
Fourth Semester
VT-2650 Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care 1
VT-2700 Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine 2
VT-2940 Veterinary Field Experience 2
Arts and Humanities/Social and Behavioral Science requirement 3
 Credit Hours8
 Total Credit Hours64

Must complete ENG-1010 College Composition I with a grade of "C" or higher for Veterinary Technology program admission.


Must complete MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics or higher with a grade of "C" or higher for Veterinary Technology program admission.


CHEM-1010 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry will be accepted in place of BIO-1100 Introduction to Biological Chemistry.  Must complete BIO-1100 Introduction to Biological Chemistry (or CHEM-1010 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry) with a grade of "C" or higher for admission to the Veterinary Technology program.

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.