Combine your love and compassion for animals by pursuing a fascinating career through our Veterinary Technology Program. Seize the opportunity to become a Veterinary Technician whose services are in high demand by veterinary practices, animal shelters, zoos and research institutions.
As the only fully accredited Veterinary Technology Program in New York City, LaGuardia Community College is committed to educational programs that combine classroom learning and work experience. This philosophy presents the ideal setting for the Veterinary Technology (Vet Tech) Program. Graduates of the Vet Tech Program receive an Associate's Degree in Applied Science (AAS). The Vet Tech program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) allowing them to receive their New York State license and to use the title of Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT). For the period from July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2016, LaGuardia's Vet Tech Program has had: 72 candidates pass the VTNE of 78 first-time eligible candidates The three-year pass rate for the VTNE is 92.3% NEW! 2017 applicants must have completed a letter of volunteer experience and essay as described in the handbook by the first week of January following their application semester; see page 11 of the handbook below for more information.
The following course sequence is recommended for new students. Current students should check their Degree Audit and the information above for recommended Flexible Core courses.
First Year, Fall IPre-Clinical Phase
First Year, Fall II
First Year, Spring IClinical Phase
First Year, Spring II
Second Year, Fall I
Second Year, Fall II
Second Year, Spring I
Second Year, Spring II
For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the demand for veterinary technicians is expected to grow 30% from 2012 to 2022, which is must faster than average job growth.(1)
Graduates of the Vet Tech program find jobs as veterinary technicians in a wide variety of settings. Exemplary licensed veterinary technicians with an interest in specialization can go on to pursue advancement in specific areas of the veterinary technology field. The NAVTA Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties (CVTS) oversees the Veterinary Technician Specialties. There are currently 11 Veterinary Technician Specialties (VTS) in areas such as Dentistry, Anesthesia, Emergency and Critical Care, Anesthesia, Behavior, Internal Medicine, Zoo Medicine, Surgical Technology, Equine Technology, and Clinical Pathology. More information on the CVTS and specialty certifications can be found at https://www.navta.net/specialties/specialties.
Further career advancement is also an opportunity, as Vet Tech graduates can go on to receive Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification, complete baccalaureate degrees, or become veterinarians. Learn more about these options in the Vet Tech Handbook..
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Veterinary Technologists and Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/veterinary-technologists-and-technicians.htm (visited January 16, 2015).
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In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.
Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an appointment. Check the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.
Every student in the Veterinary Technology major is required to seek advisement in order to ensure that courses are taken in the required sequence, that all course requirements are met and that criteria for candidacy are being fulfilled.
Please feel free to reach out to these advisors if you have any questions or need assistance, and visit laguardia.edu/visit for directions to campus.
Appointments with Vet Tech faculty can be arranged by contacting:
Maritsa Valenzuela firstname.lastname@example.org 718-482-5774 C Building, Room C 252
The Veterinary Technology Program is competitive, and students are admitted into the clinical phase of the program based on a ranking system. Application to the Clinical Phase happens once per year in the Fall I session.
To apply for candidacy for the clinical phase of the Veterinary Technology Program, a student must meet all of the following requirements:
Students are encouraged to review the ranking system and additional information regarding the candidacy process provided in the Vet Tech Handbook..
The clinical phase of the Veterinary Technology Program at LaGuardia Community College is comprised of a series of courses that introduce students to topics in small, large, exotic and research animal technology. Specific areas of study include veterinary anesthesia, nursing, dentistry, radiology pharmacology, pathophysiology, laboratory techniques and animal handling.
These courses are instructed in lecture and live animal laboratory formats. On campus coursework is further supported by two off-campus Internships in each of the Spring II semesters. Please see the online course catalog for in-depth course descriptions and prerequisites.
Additional information regarding Animal Care Responsibilities, Clinical Phase Academic Standards, Laboratory Etiquette and Dress, the Veterinary Technology Resource Room, and other policies can be found in the Vet Tech Handbook..
Current Students Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia’s Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.
Prospective Students Review the Vet Tech Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.
Pre-Clinical courses must be completed or transferred before or during the same Fall I semester that a student applies for “Intent to Vet Tech” (VTA000).
The Vet Tech Curriculum and Recommended Course Sequence applies to Vet Tech students that begin their course of study Fall I 2013 or later. Vet Tech students are advised to complete specific courses to meet the requirements of the Flexible Core and of the Program.
The Veterinary Technology Handbook has been developed to familiarize students with materials pertaining to the program and the profession. Veterinary Technology students are responsible for knowing the material in this guide and seeking clarification as needed.
Vet Tech Handbook.
The Veterinary Technology Program is divided into two distinct phases: 1. Pre-clinical phase 2. Clinical phase
Students that are interested in entering the Veterinary Technology Program should first apply to the College and declare “Veterinary Technology” as their major. Successfully declaring the major places a student in the pre-clinical phase of the Veterinary Technology Program. This is a non-competitive step.
Because of the large number of pre-clinical students, not all students are admitted to the clinical phase of the Program. Admission into the clinical phase is highly competitive and is based on grade point average (GPA) in selected pre-clinical courses known as “KEY” courses. (See: “The Candidacy Process” in the Vet Tech ProgramGuide )
Information related to College admission can be found by contacting:
LaGuardia Community College Admissions Office Room C-102, 29-10 Thompson Ave, Long Island City New York 11101 718-482-5000
Once admitted to the College (preclinical phase), students must take four “Key” courses in addition to other general education and pre-clinical courses. The Key courses are:
SCV101Introduction to Veterinary Technology3 Credits