Veterinary Technology

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The Veterinary Technology Program at Massasoit Community College is a 2-year comprehensive program leading to an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science. The program is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce as a veterinary technician by providing valuable education and experience.

Massasoit Community College Veterinary Technology Program Mission Statement
The Massasoit Community College Veterinary Technology Program aims to prepare students to excel in a career as a veterinary technician in a variety of animal healthcare fields by instilling comprehensive knowledge, technical, and critical thinking skills. Our goal is to provide stimulating and challenging course material along with effective practical experience while inspiring enthusiasm for lifelong learning. We strive to develop compassionate, ethical, and well-rounded professionals.

Upon completion of the Veterinary Technology Program at Massasoit Community College, students will be proficient in:

  • Anatomy and physiology of various animal species 

  • Veterinary medical terminology 

  • Proper animal handling and restraint 

  • Husbandry of various animal species 

  • Patient assessment 

  • Sample collection and analysis 

  • Diagnostic testing and equipment 

  • Administration of medications via several routes 

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation 

  • Emergency protocols 

  • Basic nursing and critical care skills 

  • Dental prophylaxis 

  • Anesthesia administration and maintenance 

  • Pain assessment and management 

  • Knowledge of drugs and medical calculations 

  • Use of monitoring equipment 

  • Surgical preparation, assistance, and nursing care 

  • Knowledge of surgical equipment and supplies 

  • Knowledge of disease processes 

  • Preventative care 

  • Nursing care 

  • Knowledge of veterinary parasites and microbes 

  • Diagnostic imaging, equipment use, and safety measures 

  • Laboratory animal procedures 

  • Avian, exotic, and small mammal procedures 

  • Written, oral, and electronic communication skills 

  • Critical thinking skills 

  • Client service 

  • Teamwork 

  • Routine office procedures 

  • Animal health care law and ethics 
  • Achieve a passing score on the Veterinary Technician National Exam

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Regional Workforce Need

Massachusetts has a strong demand for veterinary technicians in the research, agricultural, clinical and regulatory areas. Between 2014 and 2024, the National Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a growth rate of 19% for veterinary technicians, compared to a national average of 7% in other careers. In the Boston metro area, the average salary of Veterinary Technicians is $42,600.

On average, Veterinary Technicians have been with their current employers for 13 years, and three quarters of respondents hold associate’s degrees.

Program Requirements

Year 1: Semester 1
Intro to Veterinary Technology
Veterinary Microbiology
Vertebrate Anatomy & Physiology I
General Chemistry I
English Composition I
College Algebra or higher
Year 1: Semester 2
Veterinary Clinical Methods I
Veterinary Pharmacology
Veterinary Parasitology
Vertebrate Anatomy & Physiology II
English Composition II
Year 2: Semester 1
Veterinary Clinical Methods II
Veterinary Imaging
Large Animal Medicine & Management
Research Animal Management
Veterinary Anesthesia & Surgery
Year 2: Semester 2
Veterinary Management
Internship I
Internship II
Veterinary Pathology
General Psychology