Explore Veterinary Technology

Eastern Florida State College offers a two-year Associate in Science degree in Veterinary Technology, which is changing to the name Veterinary Nursing effective with the Fall 2019 term. The curriculum includes relevant general education courses and veterinary technology courses. Students complete at least two years of academic study including clinical practice under the supervision of EFSC faculty in the college's veterinary technology clinical facility and designated external clinical sites. General education courses and support courses may be completed prior to admission to the program or concurrently with program courses. The Veterinary Technology Program courses are sequential and require a commitment to attending classes.

The program is limited access and requires a special application process in addition to the general EFSC admissions process.

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Individuals considering veterinary technology as a career should enjoy working with animals and helping to care for them. A willingness to study and an aptitude for medical and science-oriented courses is necessary.

For more information on EFSC's Veterinary Technology A.S. degree program, click on the categories below.

Program Information

Accreditation & Certification

The Veterinary Technology Program operates under the guidelines of the American Veterinary Medical Association's Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities, and the Florida Department of Education certification standards for Veterinary Technology.

A graduate of the Veterinary Technology Program is qualified to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). Upon successful completion of the board, the graduate is designated as a Certified Veterinary Technician in the State of Florida. Continuing education credits and renewal every two years are required to maintain the certification.  Certification in Florida is offered through both the Florida Veterinary Technician Association (FVTA) and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA).

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American Veterinary Medical Association
Division of Education and Research
1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
Phone: 800-248-2862
Fax: 847-925-1329  

Areas of Training

Review the document on live animal use in the EFSC Veterinary Technology Program

Some areas of training a veterinary technician student receives are in:

  • Administration of medication and vaccines
  • Anesthesiology
  • Biomedical Research
  • Client Education
  • Clinical Laboratory procedures
  • Dental Prophylaxis
  • Office/Hospital Management
  • Patient History
  • Physical Examination
  • Radiology
  • Surgical Assisting

Career Opportunities

The first job for about 85% of graduate veterinary technicians is in a private veterinary practice, with companion animal practice leading the list.  However, the demand for veterinary technicians in other fields is rapidly growing. Opportunities exist in the following areas:

  • Biomedical Research
  • Diagnostic Laboratories
  • Herd Health Managers
  • Humane Societies
  • Industry
  • Military Service
  • Teaching
  • Zoo/Wildlife Medicine

Mission Statement

The Veterinary Technology Program at Eastern Florida State College will recruit and educate quality candidates who will integrate knowledge, clinical skills, problem solving/critical thinking and professional behavior to become caring, qualified and competent entry level veterinary technicians.

Skills & Duties

Veterinary Technicians primarily function as professional technical support to veterinarians, biomedical researchers, and other scientists who must maintain high standards of animal care. To do so and meet the technical demands of an expanding veterinary profession, a good veterinary team is required. The veterinary technician is a very important member of this team. The Veterinary Technician is educated to be the veterinarian's nurse, laboratory technician, radiography technician, anesthetist, surgical nurse and client educator. Academic training is required for a technician to gain the competencies and skills needed to perform these duties. EFSC is one of only three such on-campus academic training programs in Florida.

Please review the Essential Functions for Veterinary Technology Program.

Technical Performance Standards

Successful participation and completion of this program requires that applicants meet the demands of the program. Please review these performance standards.

For more information on the Veterinary Technology Program, please contact Health Science Admissions at 321-433-7575. Visit the Vet Tech program's application procedure page for information on how to apply.

Meet a Vet Tech Graduate

Shannon Dumont

Shannon Dumont

Certified Veterinary Technician
SPCA, Titusville

"At EFSC the in-depth classes included lots of hands-on care, both with our own animals and from local shelters — that was the best training. I got a job immediately after graduation and I so appreciate helping people who want to adopt and care for animals."