Prepare to start your career in Veterinary medicine with our Veterinary Technology A.S. Degree

Our Veterinary Technology A.S. Degree gives you a solid foundation for success. Taking classes on campus means learning in our new $11 million Veterinary Technology facility, featuring 32,000 square feet of classrooms, labs, surgery and x-ray suites.

Industry certification

  • Prepares you for the national certification exam

Features

  • Can be completed online or in the classroom
  • Provides lecture and hands-on clinical classes as part of your on-campus learning experience
  • 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.

Online Program

At SPC, you can complete the online Veterinary Technology A.S. Degree program by taking clinical practicums where you live. All you need is an approved clinician to supervise your academic experience for credit in the program.

Continuing Your Education

This A.S. degree transfers to our Veterinary Technology B.A.S. Degree.

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

Accreditation

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
Campus program

Number of first-time candidates that have passed the VTNE 116
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 170
Number of eligible first-time candidates 285
Three-Year Pass Rate on VTNE Percentage 68.2

Information on SPC graduates, July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017
Online program

Number of first-time candidates that have passed the VTNE 64
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 84
Number of eligible first-time candidates 285
Three-Year Pass Rate on VTNE Percentage 76.2

Forms and Information

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.

Veterinary Technology General Resources

Technician Associations

National exam

Veterinary Technology A.S. Degree Curriculum

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