EFSC's Veterinary Technology Program: FAQ
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Question 1: What are the duties of a certified veterinary technician?
Veterinary Technicians assist veterinarians. On completion of your veterinary technician training, you'll have skills in handling and restraining animal patients, nursing care, office procedures, anesthesia, sterilization, radiology, pharmacology, parasitology, hematology, blood chemistry and other procedures. You'll also understand basic principles of anatomy, physiology, disease processes, veterinary laboratory procedures, and surgical techniques.
If you are considering veterinary technology as a career you should enjoy working with animals and helping to care for them, even if they are injured or ill. A willingness to study medical and science-oriented courses is necessary. Characteristics of an individual considering this career include sound judgment, manual dexterity, accuracy, scientific curiosity, and attention to detail.
Question 2: Is there selective admission to the program?
Yes, due to the number of applicants and the limitation of clinical space.
Question 3: How many students are accepted?
A maximum of 25 students are accepted into the program. The full-time program is run on a two-year cycle. A few alternates are also selected to serve as standbys in case an accepted student declines admission.
A part-time admissions program begins each January, based on availability. This program is completed in a 3½ year cycle and has a selective admissions process. A maximum of eight students are accepted into the part-time program per year. Please call the Clinical Coordinator for more information or to apply at 321-433-7596.
Question 4: What are the criteria for admission to the program?
Please see our Selection Criteria page. Selection is based on an objective point system. These points are given on a sliding scale for cumulative GPA, test scores, and work experience. Bonus points are given for completion of specific support courses.
Question 5: Is an interview required?
No. However, it is recommended that you contact the Health Sciences Campus Program Advisor, (321) 433-7575, or the Veterinary Technology Program Director for accurate advisement.
Question 6: When will I know if I have been selected/accepted into the program?
The application deadline is September 15th. Applicants are notified of their status about 4-6 weeks later. Accepted students will be required to attend an orientation session in November and/ or December.
Question 7: When are students admitted to the program?
In January, the spring semester, students are admitted to the programs and will take the first Vet Tech specific courses.
Question 8: What is the length of the program?
Two years (six sequential semesters). Spring; Summer A; Fall; Spring; Summer A; Fall. Students successfully completing all course work as scheduled should graduate in December.
Question 9: What courses do you recommend I take before being admitted?
We recommend that you take as many of the science support courses as possible as well as the general education courses. If these courses are not successfully completed prior to program acceptance, then they must be completed concurrent with the Veterinary Technology courses in a prescribed sequence. This significantly adds to the student's course load.
•Students receive bonus points for having completed this course before admission.
• Social/Behavioral Science course
•Written Communication course
•Oral Communication course
•Humanities/Fine Arts course
Information about these courses is found in the EFSC catalog. All courses are offered at EFSC. Check the specific term schedule to determine the section, times, dates, instructors, and campus locations.
Question 10: Will any of my previous college courses transfer to this program?
An accurate answer can be obtained once EFSC has an official copy of your transcript. Forward a copy of your transcript(s) to the EFSC Admissions Office and the Veterinary Technology Department, and we will evaluate your transcript and accept as many of your previous courses as possible. Remember, only courses completed with a grade of "C" or better are transferable. Also, date of course completion is important-support courses must have been taken within 10 years.
Question 11: Can this curriculum advance my education towards a baccalaureate degree?
Yes, in selected senior institutions depending upon their degree requirements. Contact the senior institution to which you wish to transfer, for specifics.
Question 12: What time of the day are classes offered?
Vet Tech specific classes are generally held during the mornings and afternoons. Science support courses and general education requirements may be taken during the evenings, on weekends, or possibly through televised or online courses. Refer to the EFSC course schedules for availability during a specific term.
Question 13: Must I take the courses in a certain sequence?
All Vet Tech courses are offered only once every other year on the Cocoa Campus at the specified times/days. These courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Course registration each semester is done through the program director and Health Sciences Campus Advisor.
Question 14: What is the cost of the program?
Tuition is charged per credit hour. Refer to the current college catalog for cost information. Additional lab fees ($50 but are subject to change), malpractice insurance fees ($16/yr) and accident insurance ($10.50/yr) are required.
There are 73 credit hours of required course work in the program. Additional costs include books, uniforms and equipment such as a stethoscope and penlights. The College does not provide housing and the student is responsible for transportation to and from assigned veterinary clinics for clinical course work.
Question 15: Do I wear a uniform all the time?
Yes. A uniform consisting of Caribbean blue colored scrubs is required. Specific instructions concerning this uniform are given upon acceptance to the program at the orientation.
Question 16: Is the program accredited?
Yes. This program has accreditation through the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). This means that you will be eligible to sit for the VTNE, the Veterinary Technician National Examination upon graduation. A state practical exam may also be required in Florida. Different states will have different criteria.
Question 17: When can I expect to be employed?
Upon graduation, you will have multiple career opportunities. You may work in:
- veterinary hospitals and clinics
- medical research centers
- wild animal rescue organizations
- feedlots and production farms
- retail pet facilities
- animal shelters
Question 18: Where can I find more information on Veterinary Technology?
The American Veterinary Medical Association
The Florida Veterinary Medical Association
The Florida Veterinary Technician Association
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America
The Veterinary Technician Community at the TAMU College of Veterinary Medicine and
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
NetVet Web Searching Web Picks
The Veterinary Support Personnel Network
The Harmony Institute