HEGIS Code - 5402, CIP Code - 51.0808

Program Learning Outcomes Curriculum Code: VETSD-AAS

     Veterinary Science Technology is a growing field that offers a variety of careers to individuals interested in working with animals either as technicians or as members of a scientific community. For many people, the study of veterinary technology serves as a starting point for entry into various animal and health-related careers.

     A veterinary technician is described by the American Veterinary Medical Association as "a person knowledgeable in the care and handling of animals, in the basic principles of normal and abnormal life processes, and in routine laboratory and clinical procedures. A technician is primarily an assistant to veterinarians, biological research workers and other scientists."

     The demand for personnel trained in the area of animal care and management is strong. The large pet animal population requires technical support personnel to assist veterinarians in the clinical practices. The growth of biomedical research and the concern for the humane care of animals used in research require qualified assistants. The expansion of the biotechnology industry has increased the need for qualified technical support.

     The Veterinary Science Technology program has been designed to graduate well-trained and competent technicians for the veterinary and biomedical research fields. Practical experience with live animals and field experience under typical working conditions form an integral part of the program. The practical experience is achieved by internships with affiliated veterinary clinics, biomedical research centers and the College's animal facilities.

     The Veterinary Science Technology program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Upon completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the New York State Education Department licensure examination for certification as a veterinary technician.

     An articulation agreement exists between Suffolk County Community College and Cornell University. Students have the opportunity to be accepted into the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University after completing their A.A.S. degree at Suffolk County Community College.

Animal Use

     Animal use in the Veterinary Science Technology program falls under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the New York State Department of Health. Although animal alternatives to animal use are employed, a minimum of hands-on animal training is required to meet the standards set forth by the American Veterinary Medical Association's Committee on Veterinary Technician Activities.

Typical Employment Opportunities

Job opportunities exist as licensed veterinary technicians in the following areas:

      Small animal hospitals and clinics       City, state and federal government agencies
      Research laboratories       Universities
      Pharmaceutical companies       Medical and dental schools
      Pet Industry / Sales       Zoological gardens
      Public health agencies       Laboratory animal products / sales
Admission Procedures and Requirements

Minimum requirements to be considered for admission into the VST Program:

High School Applicants

  • High school math and science (biology and chemistry with laboratories) average of 75.
  • Minimum grade of 70% on both Biology and Chemistry Regents.
  • Mathematics sequence through Algebra2/Trig or equivalent successfully completed.
  • Applicants requiring placement testing must place out of all remedial courses.
  • All requirements for admission should be completed within five years.

College Applicants

  • Minimum grade of C in each of the prerequisite courses (CHE100, BIO101 and MAT007)
  • Applicants requiring placement testing must place out of all remedial courses.
  • All requirements for admission should be completed within ten years.

Deadline for Applications

January 15, of the year of entry. Complete applications (inclusive of supportive documentation e.g. high school and/or college transcripts) will be given priority consideration.

     Admission to the full-time day program occurs every fall. However, many students take general education (non-VST) courses that would apply to the curriculum before being accepted into the program. The Veterinary Science Technology curriculum is a restricted program and highly competitive. Meeting minimum criteria does not guarantee acceptance to the program. The College reserves the right to make final decisions based upon the applicant pool each year.

Minimum Grade Requirements and Program Completion

     Students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all VST courses. Only one repeat of a VST course is permitted. For optimal student performance, students will take courses in the sequences indicated below.

FIRST SEMESTER: 17 credits Credits
  CHE120: Introduction to General, Organic and Biochemistry 4
  ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3
  MAT111: Algebra II or higher 4
  VST100: College Seminar for Veterinary Science Technology 1
*♦ VST101: Introduction to Animal Technology 2
VST102: Comparative Anatomy of Domesticated Animals 3

SECOND SEMESTER: 15 credits Credits
  ENG102: Introduction to Literature 3
  Social Sciences Elective 3
*♦ VST111: Farm Animal Nursing 3
VST112: Comparative Physiology of Domesticated Animals 4
VST114: Veterinary Practice Management 2

THIRD SEMESTER: 16 credits Credits
VST201: Laboratory Animal Technology 3
VST202: Clinical Laboratory Techniques I 3
*♦ VST203: Animal Clinic Internship I 3
VST205: Pharmacy and Pharmacology 3
VST206: Veterinary Cardiology and Radiology 4

FOURTH SEMESTER: 16 credits Credits
  Humanities Elective 3
  Social Sciences Elective 3
VST212: Clinical Laboratory Techniques II 3
*♦ VST213: Animal Clinic Internship II 3
VST216: Surgical Nursing and Anesthesiology 4


* Students are required to provide their own transportation to off-campus field experiences.
♦ These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.
NOTE: While students will not be prohibited from pursuing the program, students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal conviction may impede their ability to complete requirements of the program. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the program coordinator or academic chair. Please refer to the following procedure for additional information.