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. 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 (CHE 100, BIO 101 and MAT 007). Applicants requiring placement testing must place out of all remedial courses. All requirements for admission should be completed within ten years.
Statistics for the three year reporting period of July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018:
Number of eligible first-time candidates = 115
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE = 115
Three-year pass percentage on VTNE = 70.6%
The animal care industry (retail and product development), education, practice management, and similar careers commonly require additional education (B.S., M.S., etc.).
Additional training/certification is available for licensed veterinary technicians in the area of dentistry, anesthesia, internal medicine, rehabilitation, and other areas; such training usually involves a number of training hours and another certificate/certification exam.
Benefits also vary widely depending on the employer type and location. Those working in specialty/referral practices, research laboratories, and the animal care industry are paid higher salaries and given more benefits.
Regarding Transfers to a 4-year school (Undergraduate)
Students that have an interest in transferring to a four-year college must take additional courses at SCCC (in addition to the Vet Science Curriculum) to meet the transfer requirements. Students in the VST program may need up to one additional year to meet transfer requirements and up to an additional year or so to meet the prerequisites for veterinary schools. Students interested in transferring to Cornell or any other 4-year college/university should check with the admissions officer of their transfer college of choice to see what courses at SCCC will best meet transfer and end-goal requirements.
Veterinary Colleges (Graduate Studies)
A listing of accredited veterinary colleges by state can be found at the American Veterinary Medical Association website. Contact the Office of Admissions of the target school of your choice for admissions requirements.
Animal hospital experience is a plus; it definitely makes the learning process easier.
Meeting pre-requisites does not guarantee entry into the program.
The candidate must also commit to lifelong continuing education to maintain current in the field.
A grade of C minimum is mandatory for all VST courses; any VST course can only be repeated one time.
The accrediting body is the American Veterinary Medical Association which dictates what students must master (Essential and Recommended Skills List) before graduating from an accredited program. An updated tetanus vaccine is required for entry into the program. The student must be able to complete all of the essential tasks set forth by the AVMA to graduate from the program. The “Veterinary Technology Student Essential and Recommended Skills List”. Additional tasks are set forth by each VST class as indicated in the respective course outlines.
The VST program adheres to the SCCC’s attendance policy: Missing more than a one week equivalent of class meetings during any given semester will result in a failing course grade. Excused absences are counted as an absence. Students anticipating excessive absences should speak to their professors to determine the best course of action.