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Veterinary Technology VET.S.AAS

Associate of Applied Science - 65 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Veterinary Technology
Effective as of Fall 2018

Veterinary Technology: a fast-paced, physical, ever-changing, challenging, roller coaster of a ride that involves helping animals and the people connected to them. If you like science, can perform simple calculations, don’t mind hard work and messes, and love furry kisses, then this might be the place for you. Veterinary technicians can be found at small and large animal clinics, in laboratory research, at University teaching hospitals, zoos, and animal shelters, and can use this as a stepping stone to a career as a veterinarian.

What is the program about?

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology is designed to train Veterinary Technologists to assist Veterinarians in industry, medical centers, and animal hospitals. Careers such as these require trained professionals who have knowledge and skills in all aspects of veterinary medicine. This program provides training in animal husbandry and restraint, nursing, surgical preparation and techniques, drug administration, anesthesia, anatomy, laboratory techniques, and radiography. Preceptorships at various private practices and research institutions provide valuable on-the-job training. The Veterinary Technology Program consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To be considered for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. A cumulative GPA of 2.7 is required prior to application to limited enrollment courses, as well as a grade of C or higher in all courses. Entry to the Veterinary Technology program’s limited enrollment courses is based on a competitive selection process. Students wishing to pursue a baccalaureate degree and/or admission into a school of veterinary medicine should meet with an advisor and/or the program director for additional curriculum. An Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology can be helpful in many different paths, and will open many doors. A graduate from this program will be eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam. Those graduates who pass this exam with a score of 75% or better will be eligible to register with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board in order to practice within the State of Ohio. A registered veterinary technician, or RVT, is responsible for assisting the veterinarian in a general practice. His or her job duties may include, but are not limited to: performing dental cleanings and radiologic procedures; surgical and anesthetic assistance; diagnostic laboratory techniques; IV catheter placement; patient monitoring; inventory control; and office staff management. In addition, this degree can be a stepping-stone to a 4-year degree at another institution, and eventually to Veterinary School (an additional 4-year program). It can also make you eligible to gain employment within a classroom or laboratory setting. RVTs are vital to the practice of veterinary medicine, and are in high-demand within the Greater Miami Valley area at this time. Note: For students under age 18 there may be restrictions on participating in certain Health Sciences programs. Any student under age 18 must contact the program director/department chair to discuss whether he or she may enroll.

Program Outcomes

  • Incorporate values and attitudes congruent with the profession’s core values and code of ethics through the pursuit of lifelong learning.
  • Demonstrate ability to provide high quality entry-level veterinary technology services (under the required supervision of a veterinarian), in consumer and patient-care environments.
  • Apply effective skills in the areas of communication, critical thinking and problem-solving in the practice of Veterinary Technology.
  • Demonstrate ability to safely and effectively manage veterinary medications, radiographic images, anesthesia and surgical interventions, laboratory diagnostic procedures, and animal monitoring and restraint.

Career Opportunities

Veterinary Technology is a growing and evolving field in which the technician is crucial to the management and health of a veterinary office. The veterinarians of the Miami Valley anticipate a need of nearly 60 registered veterinary technicians for hire annually for at least the next 5 years. This program is unique in that it places students within veterinary hospitals very early in the course of study, allowing students and hospitals alike to determine what the "best fit" will be for them within the hospital environment. Nearly all students are offered one or more jobs prior to the completion of the program.


Formal articulation agreements with other colleges and universities indicate how Sinclair programs and courses will transfer to other institutions.


  • ALH 1101 AND HIM 1101 AND VET 1200 AND CHE 1111 AND ENG 1101 AND BIO 1141 AND BIO 1242 AND BIO 1248 AND BIO 1147 AND VET 1100 AND BIO 2205
  • Approval of Department


There are both registration and licensure requirements for Veterinary Technologists. This is done through the OVMLB (Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board). Candidates must be a graduate of a fully accredited program in Veterinary Technology through the CVTEA (Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities,) and pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam. (VTNE.)


Course Title Credits
ALH 1101 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery 2
ALH 1103 Test Taking Strategies 1
BIO 2205 Microbiology 4
BIO 1141 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 2206 Lab for Microbiology 0
CHE 1111 Introduction to Chemistry I 4
BIO 1147 Lab for Principles of Anatomy & Physiology I 0
CHE 1151 Lab for Introduction to Chemistry I 0
BIO 1242 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology II 4
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
BIO 1248 Lab for Principles of Anatomy & Physiology II 0
HIM 1101 Medical Terminology 2
HUM 1135 Environmental Ethics 3
MAT 1130 Allied Health Mathematics 3
VET 1100 Introduction to Animal Sciences 1
VET 1200 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 3
VET 2101 Comparative Anatomy & Physiology, Animal Husbandry and Disease 6
VET 2105 Veterinary Anesthesia, Surgery, Diagnostic Laboratory & Radiology 5
VET 2107 Technical Practicum I 2
VET 2111 Large Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Techniques 2
VET 2205 Veterinary Dentistry, Advanced Radiology & Diagnostic Laboratory 4
VET 2207 Technical Practicum II 2
VET 2211 Veterinary Case Studies 1
VET 2250 Veterinary Pharmacology 4
VET 2300 Preceptorship 2
(COM 2206 OR COM 2211) 3
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Program Accreditation Information

This program was granted initial accreditation by the CVTEA/AVMA on February 14, 2014. Annual reports are due in February of each year moving forward. Full accreditation will be granted pending satisfaction of all requirements following a site visit in February, 2019. This is a normal progression for all new programs applying for accreditation through the CVTEA/AVMA.

This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances. View current catalog.