Aug 14, 2022  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023

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

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Jennifer York, 413.552.2459,


The Holyoke Community College Veterinary Technician program equips paraprofessional personnel to become effective, knowledgeable, and compassionate members of veterinary medical teams in a variety of animal healthcare settings.
The HCC Veterinary Technician program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities. Graduates are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam in order to become Certified Veterinary Technicians upon graduation.


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 demonstrate knowledge of common surgical procedures
  • perform dental prophylaxis and assist with dental procedures
  • calculate and administer anesthetics
  • properly maintain patients under anesthesia and monitor the recovery of patients
  • collect laboratory samples and specimens through venipuncture, fecal collection, cystocentesis, and skin scraping 
  • use appropriate techniques for collection, handling, and identification of specimens
  • follow oral and written instructions
  • report results and keep accurate records according to established procedures
  • demonstrate the ability to communicate appropriately with clients
  • perform radiographic imaging techniques
  • retain composure and efficiency under stress
  • demonstrate initiative, such as offering assistance with other tasks when assigned tasks are completed
  • 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 communication with the public


The Veterinary Technician Program has selective admissions with one class admitted per year, beginning in the fall. Please refer to the following link for additional admissions requirements: Veterinary and Animal Science. As admissions requirements are periodically changing, students interested in this program should contact the Office of Admissions (413.552.2321) for current details.



1Students will need to take one KOD-designated course.  Please work with your advisor to ensure that all graduation requirements are met.

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.

This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and universities. MassTransfer will also grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.


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