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 Bethlehem Campus, students take part in on-site clinical training at LCCC's veterinary technician barn, where hands-on experience includes working with animals both large and small, and both domestic and exotic. 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 technology program include a minimum GPA of 2.5 in high school biology and algebra courses. College courses will also satisfy these requirements. An interview, by invitation, is also required.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.
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Your Career in Veterinary Technician
Graduates of the program can expect to find jobs as Veterinary Technicians, in biologic research labs, as Lab Animal Technicians, in small and large animal practices, in exotics and specialty practices, at zoos, with wildlife rehabilitation centers, and with pharmaceutical companies, teaching institutes, diagnostic labs, aquariums, animal shelters, and animal feed companies.
Veterinary Technicians perform many of the same tasks for veterinarians that nurses and other professionals perform for physicians. These tasks include general animal care, surgical assistance, laboratory tests, x-rays, anesthesia, and critical care.
Veterinary Technician Career Paths
- Veterinary Technician
- Biologic Research Labs
- Lab Animal Technician
- Small Animal Practice
- Large Animal Practice
- Exotics and Specialty Practices
- Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers
- Pharmaceutical Companies
- Teaching Institutes
- Diagnostic Labs
- Animal Shelters
- Animal Feed Companies
Degrees We Offer
- Associate in Applied Science | 2 years