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Veterinary Technology A.S. Degree - Online

  • AS iconOur Veterinary Technology Associate in Science degree gives you a solid foundation for success. Our online program means you don’t have to give up your job to finish your degree. Our program has an excellent national reputation.

    Features

    • Prepares you for the national certification exam
    • Can be completed online
    • Online students can take their clinical practicums where they live
    • Is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association through the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities
    • Trains you in a wide range of skills including radiology, nursing, dentistry, surgical preparation, anesthesia and clinical laboratory tests.

    Program Curriculum

    Program Admissions

    Careers

    Our program prepares you to become a veterinary technician, who uses scientific knowledge and skills to benefit society through protecting animal health, relieving animal suffering, conserving livestock resources, promoting public health and advancing medical knowledge.

    Career outlook

    Employment is expected to grow much faster than average as many jobs go unfilled because of a shortage of veterinary technicians. Also, pet owners are becoming more willing to pay for advanced veterinary care.

    Career opportunities

    • Avian and exotic animal practice
    • Clinical specialty referral practice (surgery, ophthalmology or dentistry)
    • Companion animal practice
    • Equine, livestock, zoo or wildlife practice
    • Pharmaceutical sales or marketing
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Accreditationcvtea

    SPC's A.S. and B.A.S. degrees in Veterinary Technology are accredited by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

    AAHA

    SPC’s School of Veterinary Technology recently received full accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association, signifying the highest level of medical care within the veterinary medical profession. Only three of the 221 veterinary technology programs accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association are also AAHA accredited.

    “It is extremely rare within veterinary technology education that veterinary technology programs are AAHA certified,” said Rich Flora, Dean of the School of Veterinary Technology. “It is a tremendous credit to the dedication of our faculty and staff to provide the highest quality learning experience for our students and care for our animals.”

    Information on passing rates on the Veterinary Technician National Exam

    Information on SPC graduates, July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2017

    Number of first-time candidates that have passed the VTNE 180
    Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 254
    Number of eligible first-time candidates 285
    Three-Year Pass Rate on VTNE Percentage 70.9

    Veterinary Technology General Resources

    Technician Associations

    National exam

    SPC Resources

    Scholarships

    The following scholarships are available to all Vet Tech students. You will need to apply through the St. Petersburg College Foundation to be eligible.

    Connie Dell Davis Scholarship

    • Second year student
    • Essay detailing student's compassion for animals, experiences.
    • Foundations application and essay submitted to Dean

    Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation

    • Hillsborough County Resident
    • Second semester freshman or later
    • 500 word essay on where applicant sees themselves in three years
    • Three instructor recommendations
    • Foundations application, essay, and recommendations submitted to the Dean

    Suncoast Avian Society

    • Baccalaureate student
    • FAFSA required
    • Demonstrated special interest and experience with birds
    • Foundations application and letter with avian interest and experience detailed submitted to the Dean
    • Foundations application, essay, and recommendations submitted to the Dean

    Belcher Scholarship

    • Student must be in a financial aid qualified certificate, lower division, or upper division Allied Health Program
    • Student must be currently enrolled in class during the session of the application and have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
    • Award amount—$500
    • Award covers tuition and fees with the remainder provided to the student
    • Student must specifically request the Dr. John C. Belcher Endowed Scholarship on the scholarship application
    • Student must submit application with recommendation letters to HEC Associate Provost Office

    Healthcare Scholarship

    • Student must be in a financial aid qualified certificate, lower division, or upper division Allied Health Program
    • Student must be currently enrolled in class during the session of the application and have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
    • Award amount—$500
    • Award covers tuition and fees with the remainder provided to the student
    • Student must specifically request the Dr. John C. Belcher Endowed Scholarship on the scholarship application
    • Student must submit application with recommendation letters to HEC Associate Provost Office

    Kelly Stadler Animal Lovers Memorial Scholarship

    • Available to AS and BAS students. This scholarship can cover tuition, books, and fees. Two $750 scholarships are expected to be awarded annually. Candidates must be in good academic standing with a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0.
    • Candidates must submit a one page essay describing why they are pursuing a degree in Veterinary Technology. Financial need will also be considered. The essay should be double spaced, using 12-point font. The essay should be submitted to the Dean.
  • Notice to Out-of-State Online Students

    ImportantDue to state authorization requirements for distance learning that are particular to each state, students who reside in Massachusetts, Minnesota and Nevada cannot enroll in online classes at St. Petersburg College as long as they are residents of those states.