About this course
The Veterinary Technology major is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, and prepares students for careers in a wide range of animal related fields. Graduates may become certified as veterinary technicians upon successful completion of the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE), which is a computer-based examination offered at testing centers throughout the United States and Canada. Certified veterinary technicians are employed by veterinary practices, biomedical research facilities, zoos, wildlife rehabilitation centers, pharmaceutical companies, universities and by government agencies. Duties include all aspects of the care and treatment of animals other than diagnosis, prognosis, prescription and surgery.
After six months of employment in a laboratory animal facility, graduates in Veterinary Technology are also eligible to take the level one certification examination that is given by the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). Successful completion of the examination certifies graduates as Assistant Laboratory Animal Technicians (ALAT). ALATs are employed by biomedical research institutions to monitor animal health, maintain records, assist research scientists and maintain animal facilities. Students directed toward laboratory animal science may begin completion of the six month work requirement during the sophomore clinical externship experience.