Veterinary Technician A.A.S. (VET)

Attention This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.
‚ÄčThe Veterinary Technician Associate Degree program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA CVTEA).

Lehigh Carbon and Northampton Community Colleges’
Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) Results:

Three-year average pass rate Total July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 81
Three-Year Pass Percentage on VTNE  91.4%

Veterinary technicians are professionals knowledgeable in the care and handling of animals, basic principles of normal and abnormal life processes, routine laboratory and clinical procedures, and in veterinary medical and surgical nursing. Certified veterinary technicians are employed in veterinary clinics serving large, small, and exotic species. In addition, graduates are employed as veterinary assistants in pharmaceutical settings, research laboratories, animal feed companies, wildlife and zoo centers, and animal shelters. The job market for formally trained veterinary technicians has been growing, and this trend is expected to continue.

Lehigh Carbon Community College, working jointly with Northampton Community College, has developed a two-year associate of applied science degree program in this field.

Coursework will provide students with a foundation in the basic principles of animal medicine and disease, anatomy and physiology, diagnostic laboratory work, surgical assisting, anesthesia, diagnostic radiology, pharmacology, veterinary medical nursing, laboratory and exotic animal medicine, and veterinary practice management. Students will be given the opportunity to develop technical skills through multiple clinical experiences with live animals.

Program features: LCCC provides academic and practical experience through a combination of veterinary technology and general education core courses. One third of veterinary technology courses include laboratory experience including exposure to small, large and exotic animal species. The culminating experience of the program is a summer externship experience during which students can practice their clinical skills at veterinary hospitals. Classes are held on Northampton Community College (NCC) and LCCC campuses. There is a clinical science laboratory on NCC’s campus and a veterinary teaching facility adjacent to LCCC’s campus provided exclusively for the veterinary technician students. Classes are offered during the day and the program takes 2 full years (Fall, Spring and Summer to complete).

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in performing and engaging in office and hospital procedures, client relations and communication.
  • Demonstrate proficiency working in the pharmacy and understand and utilize pharmacologic concepts.
  • Safely and competently engage in medical nursing.
  • Safely and competently engage in surgical nursing.
  • Safely and competently engage in anesthetic nursing.
  • Competently perform laboratory procedures.
  • Safely and competently perform diagnostic imaging.
  • Competently perform laboratory animal and exotic patient husbandry and nursing.
First Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
VET 101 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology 4
VET 110 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 3
ENG 105 Research and composition  3
CIS 105 Introduction to Computers and Applications 3
CHE 106 Physiological Chemistry 4
Semester Credits 17
Second Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
VET 115 Animal Management and Nutrition 2
VET 120 Veterinary Parasitology 2
VET 125 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Techniques 4
BIO 220 Microbiology 4
ENG 106
or ENG 107
or ENG 108
Introduction to Literature
Writing in the Workplace
Creative Nonfiction
Semester Credits 15
Summer Session
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
VET 210 Large Animal Clinical Procedure 3
Semester Credits 3
Third Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
VET 215 Animal Disease 3
VET 218 Veterinary Pharmacology and Anesthesia 3
VET 220 Small Animal Clinical Procedure 4
Elective* Mathematics 3
Elective Social Science/Humanities 3
Semester Credits 16
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
VET 225 Veterinary Radiology and Surgical Nursing 4
VET 228 Lab Animal Science and Exotics 4
Elective Social Science/Humanities 3
Elective* General education 3
Semester Credits 14
Summer Session
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
VET 230 Veterinary Technician Externship 3
Semester Credits 3
Credit Total 68


Required: CHE 106 (Physiological Chemistry) - must be taken their first semester in the program or prior to starting the program. It is a prerequisite for VET 125.

Recommended: *Math electives a student must choose from includes: MAT 121, MAT 150, MAT 155, MAT 160.

Please note that admission to this program is competitive and requires a special application. Not all students will be offered a seat in the program.

All students in the Veterinary Technician program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 during the course of their program.

In addition, any student who does not successfully complete (with a grade of at least a “C”) two veterinary core courses (either two different courses or the same course twice) will be withdrawn from the program. Readmission to the program will require re-application and re-acceptance through the admissions office.