Get the academic foundation in Veterinary Technology essential to becoming a member of a veterinary health care team. Laboratory and clinical experiences expand on classroom knowledge to equip you with the necessary skills of an entry-level veterinary technician. Graduates pursue careers in private veterinary practices, biomedical research, academia, and other health-related fields.Read More
The Associate in Science in Veterinary Technology prepares students as entry-level veterinary technicians. These students are provided with the educational foundation necessary to develop the required critical thinking, managerial, and clinical professional skills necessary to perform as effective members of the veterinary healthcare team.
Veterinary technology is the science and art of providing professional support to veterinarians. Veterinary technicians provide professional health care for animals under the supervision of a veterinarian. Examples of areas of responsibility for veterinary technicians include surgical assisting, anesthesiology, radiology, caring for hospitalized patients, administering vaccines and medications, dental prophylaxis, collecting specimens and performing clinical laboratory procedures, client education, physical examination and patient history, and office/hospital management. Veterinary technicians cannot diagnose, prescribe, or perform surgery.
Throughout the curriculum, students are exposed to veterinary team concepts and appropriate modeling of professional and ethical conduct. There are planned laboratory and clinical practice experiences that expand student knowledge and lead to proficiency in task-specific essential and recommended skills for the entry-level veterinary technician.
The Veterinary Technology program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as a program for educating veterinary technicians.
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA)
Education and Research Division
1931 N. Meacham Rd., Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4630
800/248-2862 ext. 6624
Veterinary Technician National Exam Three-Year Pass Rate
|The three-year pass percentage on VTNE is calculated as follows: X/Y x 100 = Three-year pass percentage whereby X is the number of first-time candidates that passed the VTNE and Y is the number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE||Period from
July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020
|Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE||67|
|Three-year VTNE pass percentage||73.13%|
Rhode Island does not require certification to work as a veterinary technician. Therefore, all New England Institute of Technology veterinary technology graduates though eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination may not sit for the exam.
In accordance with the 2019 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, New England Institute of Technology hereby discloses only that the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure as Veterinary Technicians in the State of Rhode Island. The applicable licensing board in Rhode Island may impose additional requirements on candidates prior to granting a license, we encourage you to investigate those requirements. NEIT has not determined whether the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure in any other states or territories and we encourage you to investigate the requirements in your state or territory prior to accepting an offer of admission at NEIT.
Potential Career Opportunities
Graduates of our AVMA Accredited vet tech program will acquire the skill set needed to pursue different employment opportunities at animal hospitals or research institutions including:
Animal Care and Service Worker
Veterinary Technician Specialist
Can I be a vet tech with an associate degree?
Graduates of an associate degree program can find work as a veterinary technician.
Can vet techs become veterinarians?
The experience gained as a veterinary technician is a great way to prepare for a career as a veterinarian. Individuals must gain a bachelor’s degree and then earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine. This process typically takes around six years.
Is it worth becoming a vet tech?
Becoming a veterinary technician is a great choice for animal-lovers who want to begin work quickly. The job will also provide important experience to individuals who wish to continue their education to advance in the field.
What are the benefits of being a vet tech?
Benefits surrounding life as a veterinary technician revolve around the unique work environment, opportunities for growth, and the ability to enter the workforce quickly.