Veterinary Technology FAQs

What does a Veterinary Technician Do?
Veterinary Technicians provide support to veterinarians in all aspects of animal care and nursing.  Responsibilities of veterinary technicians include general animal nursing, monitoring anesthesia, taking radiographs, performing dental cleanings, surgery preparation and assisting, administering medications, collecting and analyzing laboratory samples, client/public education, and much more. 

Veterinary Technicians are educated in:

  • Animal anatomy and physiology
  • Proper handling and restraint
  • Patient assessment
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Pharmacology and medication administration
  • Basic nursing and critical care skills
  • Surgery and anesthesia procedures
  • Veterinary parasitology
  • Causes and effects of diseases
  • Animal health care law and ethics
  • Office procedures
  • Client service
  • Communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills

Job opportunities for Veterinary Technicians

  • Animal hospitals or clinics
  • Specialty medicine
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Animal rescue groups and shelters
  • Zoos and wildlife parks
  • Government agencies
  • Research facilities
  • Education
  • Leadership and practice management

Is this program accredited?

Vet Tech Accreditation

Massasoit’s Veterinary Technology Program is an AVMA CVTEA accredited program. Students who graduate from this program are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). In Massachusetts, and most other states, students are required to graduate from an AVMA CVTEA program in order to be allowed to sit for the VTNE.  Veterinary technician credentialing is achieved upon obtaining a passing score on the VTNE.

Is this program related to the veterinary assistant certificate?
No, the veterinary assistant certificate is a non-credit certificate. It does not lead to an associate’s degree, and its courses cannot be transferred into the Veterinary Technology Program. It is designed to provide students with basic training in animal handling and care, allowing them to provide support to the veterinary technician in an animal care setting.