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Veterinary Technology Degree Program: Veterinary Technology
Associate in Applied Science

Meet the Faculty

Department Chair:
Peg Wheeler

Phone:  207.216.4375

Peg came to YCCC in 2013 to build and implement the new Veterinary Technology program and coordinate the accreditation process.  More...

Department Chair Introduction

How Long?

Estimated Degree
Completion Time

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

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The sequencing of courses in this program begins in the fall semester. Students entering in the spring or summer will likely take longer than two years to complete the program.
The Associate in Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology prepares students with skills in animal healthcare and management, clinical techniques, science, communication, critical thinking and decision making. The program combines theoretical-based classroom learning with hands-on laboratory and field experience through external partnerships and clinical experiences ensuring a strong foundation in veterinary technology with both small and large animals. Throughout the program students acquire the foundation of knowledge, attitude and behaviors that are necessary to function as a veterinary technician as well as providing for the accomplishment of the Essential Skills as required by the accrediting body, the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities. Students who are successful in the program and who accomplish all of the required Essential Skills will be eligible to sit of the National Veterinary Technician Examination in order to acquire registration, certification or licensure.


Graduates of this program who complete all Essential Skills will be eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam. Graduates may find employment opportunities in veterinary hospitals, clinics, medical laboratories, and in various pet-related
industries including research facilities, farm animal medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, and animal health product marketing and sales.
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Students who successfully complete the Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective written, oral and electronic-based communication skills in a veterinary setting.
  2. Utilize appropriate medical terminology in professional client conversations.
  3. Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in the evaluation of animal health concerns.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in quantitative analysis relative to animal care and laboratory procedures.
  5. Specify the roles of veterinary team members according to federal, state, and local laws.
  6. Demonstrate a personal commitment to lifelong learning relative to the field of Veterinary Technology.
  7. Describe ethical and responsible behavior relative to animal health care.
  8. Implement standard operating procedures for the practice of care and handling of animals, public health and safety concerns, medical and surgical assisting, anesthesiology, diagnostic imaging and clinical laboratory procedures.
  9. Perform with proficiency all skills assigned to the program by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Veterinary Technology
Program Sheet

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Getting Started

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