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Veterinary Technology

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) 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.

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Why major in Veterinary Technology?

The Veterinary Technology program at Sinclair can help train you to assist in treating animals in a variety of settings. Learn new skills for animal care or prepare for veterinary technology licensure or further animal medicine.

This area of study might be for you if:
  • You want to learn new skills in animal medicine and animal health management.
  • You are interested in preparing for further veterinary education.
  • You would like to work with people who share your interests in animal care.



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Associate of Applied Science
The Veterinary Technology Program consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. Most open enrollment courses must 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 graduate from this program will be eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE.) 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. Note: For students under age 18 there are restrictions on participating in certain Clinical Activities. Any student under age 18 must contact the program director/department chair to discuss whether he or she may enroll. This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at View Full Program Details
Short-term Technical Certificate
This certificate program will prepare the student to work within the veterinary hospital, assisting the veterinary technician (nurse) and veterinarian (doctor) with animal care by learning and practicing professionalism, client service, animal behavior and restraint, medical assisting, laboratory protocols and collection and preparation of samples, surgical suite care and preparation of animals, and anesthetic monitoring for the stable patient. Students will be offered the opportunity to become Fear Free (R) certified during this program. This certificate will focus on the care of small animals (dogs and cats), but students interested in large animal or exotic animal care may be able to be placed in a suitable clinic in which to gain that experience. Note: All courses in this certificate must be completed with a grade of C or better. View Full Program Details

Important Information about the Rabies Vaccination Requirement 

Rabies is a deadly virus that can be transmitted through a bite wound or infected saliva into a wound.  Working with any mammal puts a person at risk for contracting this disease.  Although the disease is not prevalent in this area, there continue to be confirmed cases of domestic animals with rabies in the region year to year.  Other areas of Ohio and the country have increased prevalence.  Because of the untreatable nature of this disease, the CVTEA/AVMA (accreditation body for the program) requires that you protect yourself with a prophylactic series of injections prior to entrance into the selective admission clinical course for Veterinary Technicians, VET 2107, and the Veterinary Assistant Certificate clinical course, VET 2108.  The cost of this series varies and can range from $600-$800.  Student is responsible for this cost.  Financial Aid or your personal medical insurance may provide coverage for this vaccine.    

Contacting your insurance company directly may encourage coverage of the vaccine as well.  A letter from the Department Chair indicating the importance of this vaccine to the profession is available upon request:

Important Information about Health Sciences Programs: The Health Sciences (HS) Programs consist 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 qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the program specific information packet located on each HS program's webpage.

It is very important that you meet with an Academic Advisor by calling 937-512-3700, or visiting Building 10, Room 301, to make sure you are scheduling the correct classes for your program choices. They can also direct you to financial services for any information you require about finances.



The Veterinary Technician Program has full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA/CVTEA).  Graduates of this program will be eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Board Exam (VTNE) once they have completed the program.

VTNE Pass Rate of program candidates
VTNE Pass Rate Information: July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 54
Three-year VTNE pass percentage 72.22%
* Students taking VTNE must first complete a Federal background check.

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