Veterinary Technology at LIU Post is one of only a few programs in the country to offer the entry-level baccalaureate degree in the profession. A veterinary technologist’s role is to provide excellent patient care, working with the veterinarian and other veterinary professionals to ensure good outcomes for our patients and our clients. A veterinary technologist will assist the doctor in the examination room, take and process radiographs and other imaging tests, collect samples and perform laboratory tests, administer medication, and counsel clients in areas like nutrition and behavioral issues. An interest in the natural sciences, good skills in mathematical computation, strong intellectual curiosity, and a desire to help others are the foundations of a veterinary technologist.
Veterinary technologists work in small animal practice, large animal practice, industry, research, the military, and government (US Department of Agriculture). As in veterinary medicine, they can achieve specialty credentials in over a dozen specific areas of practice, from nutrition to emergency care. Technologists can leverage their B.S. degree into supervisory and administrative positions, and command higher salaries. The US Department of Labor Statistics predicts a 20% increase in job opportunities for veterinary technologists by 2016, which translates to over 20,000 jobs nationwide.
We offer a specific plan of study for those interested in applying to veterinary medical school after undergraduate work. The amount of hands-on experience and veterinary science coursework available are invaluable for post-graduate education.
The B.S. in Veterinary Technology provides a strong educational foundation in science and the liberal arts, and comprehensive coursework in veterinary technology. Students receive the core knowledge for entry into professional practice as well as tools for lifelong learning. Through the synthesis of clinical and didactic experiences, students develop clinical competence, conceptual understanding and critical thinking skills for effective problem-solving. We seek to prepare graduates who will have essential literacies including written and oral communication skills and thus be clinically competent professionals able to provide quality care to the community and other groups of interest. Clinical externship placements include some of the best veterinary facilities in the area –and some, the best in the country. Both large animal and small animal clinical skills will be taught.
The B.S. in Veterinary Technology is officially registered with the New York State Education Department. The program will be applying for accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (CVTEA).
B.S. in Veterinary Technology Requirements
An entering freshman must have (in addition to general entrance requirements)
- a minimum high school grade average of 85%
- a minimum SAT composite score of 1000 (ACT Composite of 19).
Once admitted to the program, students are expected to meet academic standards in class and performance standards in laboratories and externships. These requirements are outlined in the student handbook.
The program prepares the student to take the national licensing examination in veterinary technology. Passing this examination and graduating from an accredited veterinary technology program are required for New York State licensure. Students planning to go to veterinary medical school will receive specific counseling from program faculty. Note that if you have ever been convicted of a felony, your application for professional licensing will be reviewed separately, and may not be approved, despite having passed all appropriate examinations and completed all degrees.