Since 2006, 98% of our A.S. degree graduates have found jobs in the field, are continuing their education or are serving in the military.
Please be advised that you will need to pay for background and drug screenings prior to taking your first health class at SPC.
Our Veterinary Technology Associate in Science 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.
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).
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 SPC graduates, July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2016
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.
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.
Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Summer 2016 (515)
The requirements shown below are valid beginning Summer 2016 (515), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.
Dr. Richard Flora, Dean, Vet Tech, (727) 302-6721Tricia Gorham, Academic Chair, 727-302-6733
ON-CAMPUS PROGRAM BEGINS IN AUGUST AND JANUARY
Before entering the first term of the On Campus Veterinary Technology "program courses", all students must have completed at least 18 of the 22 credits of the required Veterinary Technology general education and support courses including composition, speech, mathematics, and natural science. Students may take the general education and support courses at any regionally accredited college or university, or they may complete them through St Petersburg College campus or distance education courses. The general education and/or support courses do not have to be taken in the order listed. Applicants must have worked or volunteered in a veterinary hospital at least 40 hours prior to applying for admission to fulfill the clinical observation requirement. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application before they will be considered for acceptance into the Veterinary Technology Program. Please see a counselor and/or advisor.
The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)
If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.
If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.
Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.
The complete on campus and online program application includes the following:
a. The general college application and the $40 fee for new students at SPC.
b. The Health Programs Application.
c. Transcripts from your high school (if no college degree) and any colleges you have attended sent directly to SPC from each school.
d. Completion of 40 observation hours in a veterinary clinic
e. Completion of at least 18 of the 22 general education and support credits including composition I, speech, college-level math, natural science lecture, and natural science lab courses.
Applicants are considered as soon as their file is complete.
In addition to the schedule listed above, the student, with permission of the program director, may elect to take reduced credit hours each semester and extend the program over eight semesters. Courses must be taken in proper sequence and all other program requirements apply.
Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Composition I
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Speech
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSSocial and Behavioral Sciences
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSHumanities and Fine Arts
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSMathematics
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSEthics
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSComputer/Information Literacy Competency
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSEnhanced World View
SUPPORT COURSESSelect 3 credits
MAJOR CORE COURSESFirst Term in Program
MAJOR CORE COURSESSecond Term in Program
MAJOR CORE COURSESThird Term in Program
MAJOR CORE COURSESFourth Term in Program
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -DISTANCE EDUCATION PROGRAM BEGINS IN AUGUST, JANUARY AND MAY
MAJOR CORE COURSESYEAR ONE - 17 CREDITS
MAJOR CORE COURSESYEAR TWO - 18 CREDITS
MAJOR CORE COURSESYEAR THREE - 16 CREDITS
The shortest wait times are in the morning. To be sure you will see an advisor, please arrive at least one hour before closing. Limited services may be available up to an hour before closing, depending on the number of students waiting.
This A.S. degree transfers to our Bachelor of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.
The following scholarships are available to all Vet Tech students. You will need to apply through the St. Petersburg College Foundation to be eligible.
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