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Veterinary Science Technology - A.A.S.

Vet Tech Program PPT

Since 1978, SUNY Canton's Veterinary Science Program has been fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The mission of the Veterinary Science Technology program provides qualified students with the education and skills necessary to obtain licensure and seek employment as a veterinary technician.

The Veterinary Science Technology program is a dynamic blend of instruction, extensive hands experience in small laboratory sections (average about 20 students), and a senior preceptorship. Students who successfully complete the program, upon graduation, will be eligible to take the National Veterinary Technician Licensing Examination and apply for certification as a licensed veterinary technician.

Looking for a recession-proof job? At the present time, there is a serious shortage of veterinary technicians throughout the country. With an expected growth rate of 41 percent in the next decade, Veterinary Technician is among the nation's “150 Recession-Proof Jobs,” coming in at No. 2 according to a recent CBS News report. (This news report highlights St. Petersburg College, Florida.)

What's Unique About our Program?

Students in this Major:

Vet Tech

Career Opportunities:

Veterinary technicians provide professional technical support to veterinarians, biomedical researchers, and other animal care specialists. Technicians may work in:

  • Clinical Practice
  • Animal Shelters
  • Diagnostic Laboratories
  • Educational Institutions
  • Pharmaceutical and Research Industry
  • Veterinary Supply and Equipment Sales
  • Zoo/Wildlife Medicine
  • State and Federal Agencies
  • Farms & Stables
Placement Rates

Employment statistics are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-2024 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Transfer Opportunities:


Alysia Maynard '08 & '10

Executive Director of the Potsdam Humane Society.

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Time To Complete the Program:

Once enrolled in Fundamental Veterinary Nursing Skills I (VSCT 101), students must complete the Veterinary Science program within four years. For extraordinary situations, permission to complete the Veterinary Science program beyond four years may be granted by the Dean of the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice in consultation with the Veterinary Science Program Director.

CVTEA LogoAccreditation:

  • AVMA
    1931 N Meacham Rd.
    Suite 100
    Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
  • Full Accreditation

Admission Requirements:

Admissions is selective and is based on academic credentials. In order to be considered for admissions a student must possess the following:

  • Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.
  • Admission is selective and is based on academic credentials and rubric score.
  • A cumulative high school average of 75 or better
  • Biology Regents exam with 75 or better
  • Chemistry Regents exam with 65 or better
  • Two high school Regents math courses with a grade of 75 or better on the second NYS Regents mathematics examination.
  • Equivalent college level course work: Intermediate Algebra,  Introduction to Biology and Introduction to Chemistry all with a final grade of C or higher and an overall GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Non New York high school graduate transcripts will be evaluated by the admissions staff for leveling purposes.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a personal statement of 300 words or less detailing their related experience and their reasons for applying to the veterinary technology program.
  • Technical Standards Required for Admission to Veterinary Technology
  • Pre-exposure rabies vaccination is required of all students. This is administered in a series of three vaccinations and must be completed prior entering the first 120 hr mandatory preceptorship (VSCT 201).
  • Rabies Letter

*Fulfills writing intensive requirement.

**Students in the Veterinary Science Technology, AAS program are required to earn a C or better in all VSCT courses taken for credit in the program. Of the courses with the VSCT prefix, any course may only be repeated one time.

**The NYS Education Department Office of the Professions requires persons applying for licensure to answer questions related to a conviction or a crime or professional misconduct.


**Students must complete SUNY Canton’s VSCT 211 and at least 9 other hours of graded course work with a VSCT prefix in order to meet the program’s residency requirement.


Mary O'Horo Loomis
Newell Vet Tech Center 101A
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617