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, with an emphasis on the latter. The student will acquire over 500 hours of hands-on clinical experience, in shelter, small clinic, and large hospital environments.
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 1050 (ACT Composite of 20).
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 has applied for AVMA accreditation; please note that application for accreditation does not guarantee accreditation, and applying for accreditation does not grant any temporary status of accreditation. As a new program, our site visit can be no earlier than halfway through our program. Passing the national veterinary technician licensing examination and graduating from an accredited veterinary technology program are required for New York State licensure.
Students interested in going to veterinary medical school will receive specific counseling from program faculty.
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