Maintaining the health and well-being of animals isn't easy. Veterinary technicians not only work in animal clinics, but may also work with animals in research, zoos, parks or wildlife preserves, animal shelters, animal control companies, and in many other places. A technician may also work in a facility providing services to animals but may not have exposure to animals, such as a diagnostic laboratory. Whatever the role, a passion for working with animals is required. Veterinary technology ensures that our roles and relationships with animals further our knowledge of animal health while seeking to improve their lives and maintain their habitat and dignity. The Veterinary Technician program provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to work toward the greater good of animals, and allows for the understanding of the unique contributions that animals make to all of our lives.
NCC's Veterinary Technician program is a joint collaboration with Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) and is also accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. In addition to completing science courses and labs at NCC's main campus, students take part in on-site clinical training at LCCC's veterinary technician barn, where hands-on experience includes working with domestic and exotic animals both large and small. Students develop the latest techniques and skills while working with industry professionals to properly diagnose and treat animals that need a general checkup, are suffering from any variety of ailments, or may need a surgical procedure.
Admissions requirements to enter the Veterinary Technician program include a minimum GPA of 2.5, a "B" or higher in biology and "Cs" or higher in Algebra I or II. College courses will also satisfy these requirements. An interview, by invitation, is also required. There is a February 1st deadline application. Graduates of the program are able to safely demonstrate proficiency in engaging in medical, surgical, and anesthetic nursing. As with any medical field, competence in dealing with client relations and communication is also a big part of completion of the program. Dealing with a pet owner is akin to dealing with the family of a human medical patient, and students are expected to demonstrate compassion while utilizing veterinary concepts.