Sep 27, 2020  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Veterinary Technician Option, Veterinary & Animal Science, A.S.

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Jennifer York, 413.552.2459,


Trains paraprofessional personnel who will assist veterinarians as technicians in clinical settings or serve in a variety of positions in animal research laboratories, state animal shelters, or other facilities where supervision of animals is required. All students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all VET and BIO prefix courses and a minimum grade of “A” in MTH 130 in order to remain in and graduate from the curriculum.


  • Completion of BIO 107  (or approved equivalent course) with a grade of “C” or better
  • Eligibility for MTH 104  
  • Attendance at a Veterinary Technician Program Information Session prior to applying.  Contact Admissions or follow this link for a list of dates for these information sessions:
  • Rabies vaccination is strongly recommended (but not required) and observation in a veterinary facility is also recommended (but not required) for admission
  • All application materials must be submitted no later than February 1 for fall admission

The Veterinary Technician Program has selective admissions with one class admitted per year, beginning in the fall.  Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to meet the following objectives with the proficiency expected of a Veterinary Technician at the entry level.


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in the care and handling of animals, in the basic principles of normal and abnormal life processes, and in routine laboratory and animal health care procedures.
  • Assist in the practice of veterinary medicine under the direction and supervision of veterinarians
  • Exhibit knowledge of underlying principles of animal care, normal values, and basic disease processes of different species
  • Apply appropriate techniques in performing animal restraint and care
  • Utilize, operate, and maintain medical instruments and equipment
  • Exhibit knowledge of pharmacological substances and maintenance of a pharmacy. Fill, properly calculate, label, and dispense prescription medication
  • Prepare and assist in surgery and patient monitoring, and demonstrate knowledge of common surgical procedures
  • Calculate and administer anesthetics. Maintain anesthesia and monitor the recovery of patients
  • Collect laboratory samples and specimens through venipuncture, fecal collection, cystocentesis, and skin scraping. Use appropriate technique for collection, handling, and identification of specimens
  • Follow oral and written instructions
  • Report results and keep accurate records according to established procedures
  • Lean to deal appropriately with clients
  • Perform radiographic imaging techniques
  • Retain composure and efficiency under stress
  • Demonstrate initiative - when work is done, offer assistance for helping with other tasks
  • Abide by the ethics of all medical professionals in the matter of confidential information regarding patients and test results
  • Demonstrate professional attitudes in the area of: appearance and hygiene, attendance, punctuality, telephone technique, acceptance of constructive criticism, and dealing with people
  • As admissions requirements are periodically changing, students interested in this program should contact the Office of Admissions (413.552.2321) for current details.

Upon completing the AS degree in Veterinary and Animal Science, the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) may be taken to become a credentialed veterinary technician. Over the past 3 years (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019), the HCC pass rate for first-time candidates taking the VTNE was 75%.  Graduates are encouraged to take the VTNE immediately upon graduation.  There were 78 HCC Veterinary Technician Program graduates between 2016 and 2019 who were eligible to take the VTNE.  There were 24 HCC first-time candidates who took the VTNE during this time period.


July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019

Number of eligible first-time candidates


Number of first-time candidates completing the VTNE


Three-year VTNE pass percentage


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