Veterinary Technician

Allied Health & Sciences

Degree awarded: Associate in Applied Science

Career Exploration Form (PDF)

American Veterinary Medical Association

Veterinary Technician National Exam Pass Rates (PDF)

Program Narrative

If you love animals and want a career that keeps you in constant contact with them, being a Veterinary Technician is an affordable and accessible way to achieve your goal. Veterinary technicians are animal care professionals. Vet techs are knowledgeable in the care and handling of various species, basic principles of normal and abnormal life processes, laboratory and clinical procedures and veterinary medical and surgical nursing.

Certified veterinary technicians find employment in small and large animal veterinary facilities, the pet food industry, specialty practices, diagnostic labs, pharmaceutical research centers, zoo and wildlife organizations, and educational institutions. The job opportunities are numerous and varied. With more Americans than ever sharing their homes with companion animals, the need for formally trained veterinary technicians in veterinarian practices in particular continues to grow.

Working jointly with Lehigh Carbon Community College, Northampton's Veterinary Technician program will provide you with all the necessary coursework, hands-on training, guidance and experience you need to begin an exciting career working with animals.

Graduates of the program are prepared to sit for the veterinary technician national board examination. Students that pass the exam may obtain certification. This program has received full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Program Features

Northampton's program provides academic and practical experience through a combination of veterinary technology and general education core courses. One-third of veterinary technology courses include laboratory experience including exposure to small, large and exotic animal species.

The culminating experience of the program is a summer externship experience during which students can practice their clinical skills at veterinary hospitals. Instructors in the program are practicing veterinarians and veterinary technicians working in the field.

Classes are held on the NCC and LCCC campuses. There is a clinical science laboratory on the Northampton campus and a Veterinary Training facility adjacent to the LCCC campus provided exclusively for the veterinary technician students. Classes are offered during the day and the program takes 2 full years (fall, spring and summer to complete).
Admission Criteria and Program Requirements

Before Admission:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5
  • High School Biology (with a lab), or college equivalent, with a grade of B or better.
  • Completion of high school Algebra I and II ,or college equivalent, with grade C or better
  • Submission of official high school transcript or copy of GED and official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Placement into college level English and Math; Any remediation must be completed before starting the program
  • Application deadline February 1st for fall semester.  Application is made by enrolling as "Veterinary Technician Intent" through the admissions office.  If not currently enrolled as "Veterinary Technician Intent", a Change of Major Form must be completed.
  • At the time of the application, the student must have completed 20 hours observation in a Veterinary facility within the past year and completed the Career Exploration Form available on NCC homepage (a new form must be submitted every year).
  • Interview by invitation.  Only the most qualified applicants are interviewed; the college will contact students to schedule interviews when appropriate.   

Please Note:  Admission into the Veterinary Technician program is competitive.  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the Veterinary Technician program.  If available spaces in the program are not filled by students who have met the aforementioned standards, the College reserves the right to accept students who have, in the judgment of the College, the potential to complete the Veterinary Technician Associate Degree.              

After Admission:

  • Medical Forms: physical examination
  • Proof of current health insurance
  • Rabies pre-exposure vaccine.

Contact the Admissions Office at 610.861.5500 for further information.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate competence in performing and engaging in office and hospital procedures, client relations and communication.
  • Demonstrate proficiency working in the pharmacy and understand and utilize pharmacologic concepts.
  • Safely and competently engage in medical nursing.
  • Safely and competently engage in surgical nursing.
  • Safely and competently engage in anesthetic nursing.
  • Competently perform laboratory procedures.
  • Safely and competently perform diagnostic imaging.
  • Competently perform laboratory animal and exotic patient husbandry and nursing.

Veterinary Technician

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Course Code Course Title Credits
First Semester
CMTH 102 Speech Communication 3
CHEM 135 Chemistry of Life 4
ENGL 101 English I 3
VETC 101 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology 4
VETC 110 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 3
  Second Semester  
BIOS 202 Microbiology for Allied Health 4
ENGL 151* English II 3
VETC 115 Animal Management & Nutrition 2
VETC 120 Veterinary Parasitology 2
VETC 125 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Techniques 4

Summer Session

VETC 210 Large Animal Clinical Procedures 3

Third Semester

MATH 120 Nature of Mathematics 3
VETC 215G Animal Disease 3
VETC 218 Veterinary Pharmacology and Anesthesia 3
VETC 220 Small Animal Clinical Procedures  4
_______ Arts & Humanities Elective (AH) 3
  Fourth Semester  
VETC 225 Veterinary Radiology and Surgical Nursing 4
VETC 228 Lab Animal Science & Exotics 4
______ Social Science: Societies & Institutions over Time (SIT) + 3
______ Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior Elective (SSHB)++ 3

Summer Session

VETC 230 Veterinary Technician Externship  3
  Total Credits 68

* Students have the choice of ENGL 151L (Literature option), ENGL151R (Report Writing), ENGL151T (Technical Writing). Consult with your advisor.
+It is recommended that students take SOCA 102 as the Social Science: Societies and Institutions over Time (SIT) Elective; this also satisfies the Diversity (D) requirement.
++ It is recommended that students take PSYC 103 as the Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior (SSHB) Elective.

  • One course should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness (D).
  • Completion of VETC 215G satisfies the Writing Intensive (WI) requirement.

Career Potential: Veterinary Technician, Biologic Research Labs, Lab Animal Technician, Small Animal Practice, Large Animal Practice, Exotics and Specialty Practices, Zoos, Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers, Pharmaceutical Companies, Teaching Institutes, Diagnostic Labs, Aquariums, Animal Shelters, Animal Feed Companies

Any questions or concerns? Contact one of our Program Directors; Dr. Steven Marks at: or Dr. Lisa Martini-Johnson at: