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The Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology prepares graduates to serve as veterinary technicians performing support functions including routine laboratory and clinical procedures. Other growing employment opportunities are expected in biomedical research, diagnostic laboratories, wildlife facilities, humane societies and animal control  facilities. With the successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded the Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology and are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE), which is a step in the process to pursue registration in the state of Ohio. The major is offered at the Trumbull (beginning spring 2014) and Tuscarawas campuses.

Minimum C (2.000) grades both in lecture and in the laboratory area must be achieved for each veterinary technology course. A 2.000 cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be maintained in the veterinary technology program in order to progress in the program. Minimum C (2.000) grade is mandatory in all required courses in the Veterinary Technology curriculum, including related courses, general studies courses, electives, technical courses, prescribed developmental courses and Kent Core requirements.

All students in the Veterinary Technology program must complete all coursework in sequence before continuing to the next level.

Career Opportunities

Veterinary technologists and technicians held about 71,000 jobs in 2006. About 91 percent worked in veterinary services. The remainder worked in boarding kennels, animal shelters, stables, grooming salons, zoos, State and private educational institutions, and local, State, and Federal agencies. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

Students interested in the program should apply directly to the Tuscarawas Campus and meet with the academic program director. Admission to the program is selective. A minimum collegiate or high school cumulative GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale) is required of all students for admission to the program. Applicants not admitted directly to the program may be admitted as pre-major students. Detailed information and requirements for admission, satisfactory progress and graduation can be obtained from the Kent State Tuscarawas program office.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 70 credit hours. Minimum 2.000 cumulative and major GPA.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Pass the VTNE.

2. Demonstrate successful completion of all essential skills as mandated by AVMA CVTEA in Appendix I of the Accreditation Policies and Procedures.

3. Demonstrate competency in safely performing animal handling skills.

4. Demonstrate competency in decision-making abilities for patient case management from the initial presention to the successful outcome of the patient's treatment and resolution of the patient's presenting problem(s).


American Veterinary Medical Association

Student Organizations

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Type Legend: KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts; KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences


Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core requirements.


Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (35 credits)  Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  VTEC 10001 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 2
    10002 Veterinary Nursing I 3
    10204 Clinical Laboratory I 3
    10205 Veterinary Nursing II 3
    10206 Pharmacology 2
    20008 Clinical Laboratory II  3
    20009 Veterinary Nursing III 3
    20010 Imaging Techniques 3
    20212 Surgery and Anesthesia 3
    20213 Nutrition and Disease 2
    20214 Veterinary Nursing and Hospital Procedures 3
    20392 Veterinary Hospital Practicum 5
Type Course Title Credits
  BSCI 10100 Anatomy for Veterinary Technicians 5
KBS   10110 Biological Diversity 4
    20021 Basic Microbiology 3
    20022 Basic Microbiology Laboratory 1
KBS CHEM 10050 Fundamentals of Chemistry 3
KBS   10052 Introduction to Organic Chemistry 2
KBS   10053 Inorganic and Organic Laboratory 1
KAD COMM 15000

Introduction to Human Communication (3)
Interpersonal Communication (3)
  Kent Core Composition 3
  Kent Core Humanities or Fine Arts 3
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3
  Kent Core Social Sciences 3


Note: Minimum of C (2.000) grade must be earned for all courses in this program.