Veterinary Technology A.A.S.

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Veterinary Technology A.A.S.

Learn everything you need to know to become a registered veterinary technician in a veterinary technology program that's ranked #2 in the country. 

Important Notice

The Veterinary Technology associates degree program is continuing and will be more closely connected to the four-year Animal Sciences program. 

Veterinary Technology Curriculum Requirements

Students must demonstrate all of the following for retention in and graduation from the veterinary technology program:

  1. A minimum grade of C+ in all AAS and VTEC courses, plus TSAS 235 (Chemistry) and MTH 202 (College Algebra).
  2. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the courses listed above.

Students may repeat a major course only one time before dismissal from the major.  Courses must be completed in proper sequence, according to prerequisites as listed in the course catalog.

All coursework in the veterinary technology curriculum should be completed within five years of matriculating into the program. If this cannot be accomplished, the student may be required to retake major courses where AVMA essential skills have changed significantly.

Students must successfully complete all required skills listed in the Veterinary Technology Essential and Recommended Skills List developed by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the accrediting body for this program.  

Students must show proof of pre-exposure rabies immunization or adequate rabies titer prior to enrollment in practicum and internship coursework. Transportation is provided to students for practicum coursework. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation during internship experiences. 

Career Opportunities

Credentialed veterinary technicians can work in private veterinary hospitals, biomedical research laboratories, humane societies, zoos, and wildlife centers, and can specialize in areas such as anesthesia and surgical assisting, behavior, and emergency medicine.


Sarah Proctor

Program Coordinator - Vet Tech
Phone: (603) 862-1014
Office: Thompson School of Applied Science, Barton Hall Rm 132, Durham, NH 03824
Thompson School of Applied Science
34 Sage Way
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-1025

Curriculum & Requirements

Veterinary Technology Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
AAS 421 Large Animal Behavior and Handling Techniques 2
AAS 428 Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals 3
AAS 428B Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals Lab for VTEC majors 1
AAS 430 Small Animal Breeds and Behavior 4
COM 209 Expository Writing and Reading 4
MTH 202 College Algebra 3
AAS 439 Fundamentals of Animal Health 2
AAS 439B Fundamentals of Animal Health Lab for Veterinary Technology Majors 2
AAS 449 Clinical Animal Nursing Techniques I 3
TSAS 235 Introductory Chemistry 3
SSCI 201
Human Relations
or Social Issues
VTEC 424 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 2
Second Year
COM 210 Public Speaking 3
AAS 451 Human/Animal Bond 4
AAS 550 Clinical Animal Nursing Techniques II 4
AAS 579 Small Animal Care Practicum 2
VTEC 497 Veterinary Technology Work Experience 0
VTEC 565 Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians 4
VTEC 582 Pet Access to Wellness Services (P.A.W.S.) 1
VTEC 575 Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgical Assisting 4
VTEC 579 Small Animal Practicum for Veterinary Technicians 2
VTEC 582 Pet Access to Wellness Services (P.A.W.S.) 1
VTEC 583 Large Animal Practicum 2
VTEC 595 Veterinary Technology Internship 3
VTEC 599 Comprehensive VTNE Review 4
 Total Credits67

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the Thompson School of Applied Science General Education requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of the Veterinary Technology program. Veterinary Technology students are required to take:

Required Program Courses

AAS 421Large Animal Behavior and Handling Techniques2
AAS 428Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals3
AAS 428BAnatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals Lab for VTEC majors1
AAS 430Small Animal Breeds and Behavior4
AAS 439Fundamentals of Animal Health2
AAS 439BFundamentals of Animal Health Lab for Veterinary Technology Majors2
AAS 451Human/Animal Bond4
AAS 550Clinical Animal Nursing Techniques II4
AAS 579Small Animal Care Practicum2
COM 210Public Speaking3
TSAS 235Introductory Chemistry3
VTEC 424Introduction to Veterinary Technology2
VTEC 497Veterinary Technology Work Experience0
VTEC 565Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians4
VTEC 575Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgical Assisting4
VTEC 579Small Animal Practicum for Veterinary Technicians2
VTEC 582Pet Access to Wellness Services (P.A.W.S.)1
VTEC 583Large Animal Practicum2
VTEC 595Veterinary Technology Internship3
VTEC 599Comprehensive VTNE Review4
Total Credits52

Explore program details

In our program you will learn:

  • How to read animal behavior, and handle animals safely
  • Radiography
  • Anesthesia and surgical assisting
  • Dentistry
  • Animal nursing
  • Laboratory procedures
  • Client communication, euthanasia, grief counseling, and medical ethics

 What makes us different?

AVMA Accredited

The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the AVMA. Students who graduate from an accredited program are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and pursue credentialing.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to Veterinary Technology must present college preparatory English and a minimum of two years of satisfactory work in college preparatory mathematics and both college preparatory biology and chemistry. (Biology and chemistry with labs are required.) Applicants are recommended to have some experience with animals in a professional setting, and applicants should include a statement in the student application listing their experience.

For more program information, download the Vet Tech Student Handbook.

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Undergraduate Admissions

Ready to apply to the University of New Hampshire, a top-50 public university in the U.S., located on one of the safest and greenest campuses? Good choice.

Transfer Process for Current UNH Students

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in applying for transfer into the Veterinary Technology program at UNH’s Thompson School of Applied Science. Students are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology upon completion of the courses required on the Vet Tech Program's curriculum checklist in place in the academic year the student enrolls.

Students are advised to apply to transfer into this program beginning with a fall semester. This is due to the sequential nature of several courses. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

A complete application includes:
  • Change of Program Form
  • Internal Transfer Application
  • A typed, double-spaced essay (maximum 500 words). The essay should address the following:
    • Explain your reasons for applying to this program
    • How do you feel your coursework and/or life experiences have prepared you for this program?
    • What does being a Vet Tech mean to you?
  • One or two letters of reference discussing your interpersonal and animal-related abilities. Each letter must be submitted in sealed envelope signed across the back by the individual(s) who wrote the reference. Dr. Sarah Proctor may not be used as a reference as she is on the Admissions Committee who will review these applications. Letters should address the following:
    • Length of time the student has been known by the person writing, and in what capacity
    • Academic ability
    • Analytic ability
    • Oral and written communication skills
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Animal interaction skills

Admission decisions are based on a number of factors including: academic achievement (especially in animal science-related courses), the applicant’s understanding of veterinary technician responsibilities, evidence of an informed decision about entering the field, and references who can attest to the applicant’s academic potential for completing the program successfully and to the applicant’s personal qualities that relate to success in the animal health field.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for an application to be considered. All applicants will be notified in writing, via Email, of the decision regarding their application. 

Students who don't meet the 3.0 GPA required for application may take courses required of the veterinary technology program to improve their chances of acceptance. Strong performance in these courses over 1 to 2 semesters can help qualify students for transfer into Vet Tech and keep them on a reasonable timeline for graduation. Contact Dr. Sarah Proctor for recommended courses.

Submit your completed application packet to:

Sarah Proctor, Veterinary Technology program director
Barton Hall room 132
(603) 862-1014

Direct any questions about the program or the application process to Sarah Proctor (information above) or Deborah Pack, (603) 862-2874,>, Smith Hall Room G21 (check in at reception desk).

To become a certified veterinary technician (CVT) in NH, you must complete these steps:

  1. Graduate from an AVMA accredited program (like ours!).
  2. Pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).*
  3. Apply for certification from the NH Veterinary Technician Association (NHVTA).
  4. Keep your certification current by completing 12 hours of continuing education (CE), and paying the license fee each year.

Most states that offer credentialing require the first two steps.  The organization where you apply for licensure and the CE requirements differs from state to state.

*VTNE statistics: Our graduates’ pass rate for summer 2018 was 79%.  This reflects recent changes to the program that will continue to improve our graduates’ success on the VTNE.  Our current 3 year pass rate is below and is updated once per year, per AVMA requirements.

July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018
Number of eligible first-time candidates 48
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 44
Three-year VTNE pass percentage 46%

Why Become Certified?

Certification is not legally required in NH and a few  many other statess, but it distinguishes you from those who have not completed the training and requirements.  Many practices prefer to employ CVTs, and usually pay more for that credential.  If you intend to work outside New England, certification is critical, because most other states require it (37 of 50 states require certification).  The certification process also helps to establish minimum ethical and educational standards for the profession.

Helpful links:

National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America

New Hampshire Veterinary Technician Association

Maine Board of Veterinary Medicine

Massachusetts Veterinary Technician Association

Rhode Island Veterinary Technician Association

Vermont Veterinary Technician Association

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