Veterinary Technology

Associate in Applied Science Degree Program

Hegis Code: 5402 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 28134


Program Description

The Veterinary Technology program is designed to meet the training needs of the veterinary community. The program provides students with field and classroom instruction and advisement and meets current standards for veterinary technicians. The 64‐credit program consists of general education; foundation courses in animal nutrition, animal anatomy and physiology; and courses that develop practical computer, communication, and human relations skills. It also provides practice‐based courses in radiology, anesthesia, large and small animal handling, pathology, pharmacology, microbiology, parasitology, and behavioral medicine. In addition, the program provides laboratory experience in a clinical setting.

Combining theory with practical skills, the Veterinary Technology program will prepare students for careers as veterinary technicians by completing courses that have been developed according to nationally recognized skill standards. Students will develop technical skills that will allow them to work in large or small animal veterinary practices as well as in research facilities.

Dr. Beth Alden with Students

Students in this program must attend a 6‐day Farm Camp at SUNY Delhi as their Large Animal laboratory experience. Students must also attend a 2 day Research Animal Technology (RAT) Camp at SUNY Delhi as their laboratory animal experience.

This program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and graduates are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).

For the period of Jan 1, 2020- June 30, 2023
  • Number of first time candidates that have taken the VTNE:  65
  • Three year Pass Rate on VTNE: 64.62%

NOTE: Those interested in pursuing the Animal Science Office Assistant Certificate should inquire about the 27‐credit certificate program.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the AAS in Veterinary Technology Degree program, a student will be able to

  • Take the Veterinary Technician National Exam;
  • Perform animal nursing and critical care for all common domestic animals including: restraint, administering medications, diagnostic sampling for laboratory evaluation, maintaining fluid therapy, applying and removing bandages and splints, and applying emergency protocols;
  • Assist with animal surgery including knowledge of routine procedures and operating room equipment; prepare the patient, veterinary personnel, and equipment for sterile surgical procedures; function effectively as a surgical assistant to the veterinary surgeon during surgical procedures;
  • Induce, stabilize, monitor and maintain anesthesia under the supervision of the veterinarian; recognize and report anesthetic emergencies; apply resuscitation techniques and CPR;
  • Provide competent assistance with office procedures; telephone contacts, making appointments, admitting and discharging patients, maintaining medical and financial records, and establishing/maintaining a clean and orderly veterinary facility;
  • Communicate with the public, clients, and colleagues through both verbal and written communication skills, including effective listening;
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge associated with cleaning, sanitizing, and sterilizing equipment and facilities, including knowledge of products, equipment, procedures, and techniques routinely used in reducing, eliminating or preventing contamination of the animal‐care institutions;
  • Complete all required AVMA essential clinical skills for Veterinary Technicians.  

Employment Potential 

In response to a survey of veterinarians in Ulster County and surrounding counties, a large majority of respondents indicated a strong desire and need for highly trained veterinary technicians. Many responded that they currently experience or might possibly experience a shortage of licensed veterinary technicians and stated that this program will help them fill their future employment needs.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment

Developmental Assistance Available

For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements, or who need other learning assistance, extra help is readily available through SUNY Ulster's Learning Center, The Gary and Janaki Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

NOTE: Veterinary Technology students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all required Veterinary Technology Science (VTS), Biology (BIO), Mathematics (MAT), and Science (SCI) courses in order to progress in the Veterinary Technology program or to be eligible for graduation.  Students may only attempt a Veterinary Technology Science (VTS), Biology (BIO), or Science (SCI) course twice.  If unsuccessful the second time, they may not continue in the Veterinary Technology program.  Withdrawal from a course with a grade below C is considered an “attempt.” Students must supply their own transportation to off campus labs and learning sites

For More Information

For more information contact Admissions or the Department.





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