Veterinary Technology

Do you love animals and want to be part of a veterinary care team? Our accredited Veterinary Technology program, offered at both Trumbull and Tuscarawas campuses, is preparing students for careers in veterinary practices, animal hospitals, and farms of all sizes.


The Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology (VTEC) program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and approved by the Ohio Board of Regents. The program is offered in its entirety at both the Trumbull and Tuscarawas campuses. To prepare Veterinary Technicians, our curriculum provides combined studies of college-level general education courses and rigorous coursework in science, animal health, management, and veterinary medical concepts. Kent State University looks for highly motivated students interested in becoming Veterinary Technicians. The program also looks for individuals with animal experience, who will enjoy working with animals, and who have an understanding of the field of veterinary technology and medicine. 

Veterinary Technicians are involved in many different aspects of veterinary medicine and perform many of the duties vital to excellent patient and client care in a hospital setting. The term veterinary nurse has been used the help the public relate to what a veterinary technician does, but it would be more accurate to say that a veterinary technician is a nurse, dental hygienist, surgical assistant, scrub nurse, radiology technician, lab technician, microbiologist, client service specialist, communications expert, transcriptionist, pharmacology technician, manager, nutritionist, animal trainer, behavior counselor, and sanitation specialist. 

The Veterinary Technology program, which was first offered in Fall 2006, welcomes new students once yearly with 48 openings at the Tuscarawas Campus and 24 openings at the Trumbull campus. 

Congratulations Class of 2021!


New Requirement for the 2022-2023 Academic Year – Students admitted to the clinical coursework for the Veterinary Technology Program, which includes all courses that require hands-on activities with live animals, will be required to complete their pre-exposure rabies vaccination series, in addition to having an up-to-date Tetanus booster.  In a January 2022 update to the AVMA CVTEA Accreditation Policies and Procedures Manual, which is the program’s accrediting body, it is stated: “Standard 4e. Safety of students, program personnel, and animals must be of prime consideration. Students must be educated on rabies risk prior to working with animals. Prior to live animal use, students must be vaccinated against rabies or the program must implement a comprehensive rabies mitigation protocol as described in Appendix A. (Refer to Statement on Safety, Appendix A).”.  Students who might not be able to receive this vaccination should speak with the Program Director prior to admission to the program. 

Students interested in veterinary technology or becoming a Veterinary Technician should carefully review the forms below. 

Application is due by May 15
Field Experience Form is due August 18.

A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 is required for all applicants in order to apply to the program. Applications will not be considered for students not meeting the minimum GPA requirement. 

  • A minimum of 15 hours of field experience is required for all applicants applying to the program. Field experience is defined as volunteering, observing, or shadowing at a veterinary practice, preferably one in which a registered veterinary technician is employed. An applicant can gain points for program admission if they have 40 or more field experience hours. 



Graduates of Kent State University’s Veterinary Technology program are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). Students must successfully pass the VTNE to be eligible for licensure in the state of Ohio;  In Ohio, licensure from the OVMLB is required to legally practice as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Applicants should contact the OVMLB for information regarding licensure in the state of Ohio. Graduates must also pass a criminal background check. Graduates register with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board (OVMLB) to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in the state of Ohio. Kent State’s graduates’ nationally competitive pass rates on the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) are a testament to the quality and rigor of this program.


The National Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) PASS RATE for the past three years has averaged approximately 73%.

KSU Program Three-year Average Pass Rate:     July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021

Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE


Three-Year Pass Rate on VTNE


Interested students are encouraged to visit the campus they'd like to attend so they can see the facilities, meet the program director, and learn more about the campus and program curriculum.

Trumbull Campus:  Contact Melissa Best, Director of Veterinary Technology, 330-675-7633, or

Schedule a Tour

Tuscarawas Campus Call 330-339-3391 to schedule a Welcome Visit or visit the Tuscarawas visit webpage to learn about other visit opportunities. Contact: Dr. Kimberly Huston, Director of Veterinary Technology | 330-339-3391 |