About the Veterinary Science Technology Program
Welcome to the Veterinary Science Technology (VST) program. As you browse through this site, you will find information specific to the Veterinary Science Technology program and the veterinary community in general.
The VST program began at Suffolk Community College in the fall of 1994. This A.A.S. degree program is offered as a two-year, full-time day program. Admission is for fall only.
The VST program has been designed to graduate well-trained and competent technicians. VST-specific courses, general education courses, practical experience with live animals and field experience under typical working conditions form integral parts of the program. Practical "hands-on" experience is achieved through internships with affiliated veterinary clinics and instruction in the college's small and large animal care facilities.
The VST program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the New York State Education Department's examination for licensure in veterinary technology.
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.
Program and Course Information
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 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|
|Pharmaceutical companies||Medical and dental schools|
|Pet Industry / Sales||Zoological gardens|
|Public health agencies||Laboratory animal products / sales|
|Admission Procedures and Requirements|
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|
|Social Sciences Elective||3|
|♦||VST212: Clinical Laboratory Techniques II||3|
|*♦||VST213: Animal Clinic Internship II||3|
|♦||VST216: Surgical Nursing and Anesthesiology||4|
|MINIMUM CREDITS REQUIRED||64|
|* 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.|
Contact UsVeterinary Science Technology
Michael J. Grant Campus
Crooked Hill Road
Paumanok Room 109
Brentwood, NY 11717
|Phone: (631) 451-4414|
|Fax: (631) 451-4415|
|9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.|