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).
LaGuardia Community College Veterinary Technology VTNE 3-Year Pass Rate
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE: 73
VTNE 3-year pass rate (July 01 2020- June 30 2023): 86.3%
This major prepares students to become licensed veterinary technicians. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technology National Licensing Exam.
First Steps: Admission and the Pre-Clinical Phase
Upon application students should choose “Undeclared Pre-Health Science – Veterinary Technology” as their major. Choosing this major places a student in the pre-clinical phase of the Veterinary Technology Program. This is a non-competitive step.
Not all students admitted to the preclinical phase move on to the clinical phase of the veterinary Technology Program. Admission into the clinical phase is highly competitive and is based on the grade point average (GPA) earned in selected pre-clinical courses known as “KEY” courses and the number of seats available. (See: “The Candidacy Process”).
FALL 2023 Candidacy
The pre-clinical phase of the Veterinary Technology Program is made up of basic, pre-requisite courses that prepare students for subsequent clinical phase courses.
“Key” Veterinary Technology Pre-clinical Courses
FALL 2024 candidacy
Please note that the KEY courses for the 2024 Fall Veterinary Technology candidacy application are expected to change. The updated 4 KEY courses will be evaluated for program admission in Fall I 2024. A new Vet Tech handbook reflecting these changes will be updated and posted on December 15, 2023.
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.
Entry into the clinical phase of the Veterinary Technology Program is competitive. Students are admitted based on a GPA ranking system. Applications to the clinical phase of the Veterinary Technology Program (Candidacy Process) can be made once a year in the Fall I semester. In order to be eligible to apply for the clinical phase students need to ensure that all of the pre-clinical KEY course requirements are be completed by the end of the Fall I semester in which the student wishes to apply.
A student interested in applying for the clinical phase of the Veterinary Technology Program at LaGuardia Community College must do so by completing the Application for Candidacy Form by emailing the Health Sciences Department at HealthSci@lagcc.cuny.edu in the first three weeks of the Fall I, 12-week term. There are no credits, no meetings and no charges involved in registering for this “application code”, it is merely an administrative designation. Students should save the receipt of this application for their files.
To apply for candidacy for the clinical phase of the Veterinary Technology Program, a student must meet all of the following requirements:
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Skills You Will Learn
What makes this major unique?
This major is the only animal medical program at LaGuardia. An interest and aptitude in handling and caring for animals with medical and surgical problems is key.
Students enter the field as Veterinary Technicians and can use the credentials Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT). Note that a Veterinary Technologist is not a Veterinarian (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine [VMD.]). Students who know they wish to be Veterinarians should carefully consider their choice of major (Liberal Arts: Math and Science or Biology could be better options if pursuing a VMD).
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.
A. REQUIRED CORE: 10 credits
English: 6 credits
Life and Physical Sciences: 4 credits
B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 9 credits**
To complete the degree requirements, students are advised to select the following:
*Key courses for candidacy
** Additional Common Core courses will be required when transferring to a CUNY College.
|HSF090 First Year Seminar for Health Sciences|
|MAT106 Medical Math Dosages*||2|
|SCB209 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II||3|
|SCB260 General Microbiology||4|
|SCV101 Introduction to Veterinary Technology||3|
|SCV151 Shelter Medicine and Management||2|
|SCV201 Research Animal Technology||4|
|SCV210 Veterinary Nursing I||4|
|SCV211 Veterinary Nursing II||4|
|SCV212 Veterinary Radiography||3|
|SCV213 Veterinary Laboratory Techniques||3|
|SCV214 Farm Animal Nursing||3|
|SCV220 Principles of Exotic Animal Medical Care||2|
|SCV231 Vet Tech Internship I||2|
|SCV234 Vet Tech Internship II||2|
|SCV247 Veterinary Pathophysiology||2|
|SCV262 Pharmacology & Toxicology||3|