Veterinary Technology - Associate Degree
Come see what we're all about at the Vet Tech Club sponsored Open House on Thursday, October 19, 2023 from 5 to 7 PM at Cocoa Campus, Building 21.
Train to work with animals as a vet tech with Eastern Florida State College’s accredited, two-year Associate in Science degree in Veterinary Technology which begins each Fall Term.
Veterinary technicians function as technical support to veterinarians, biomedical researchers, and other scientists, maintaining high standards of animal care.
EFSC’s veterinary technicians are also educated to be laboratory technicians, radiography technicians, anesthetists, surgical nurses, and client educators.
Eastern Florida’s Veterinary Technology program includes at least two years of academic study and clinical practice under the supervision of experienced faculty in the college's veterinary facility, one of only three such on-campus training programs in Florida, and at designated external clinical sites.
Eastern Florida’s Veterinary Technology A.S. degree program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The program operates under the guidelines of the AVMA’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.
Veterinary Nursing A.S. COURSE CURRICULUM
While earning your Veterinary Technology A.S. degree at EFSC, you'll benefit from:
- Small class sizes with face-to-face classroom, hybrid, and online options
- A working clinical environment with equipment that represents state-of-the-art veterinary practice, including exam and treatment areas, a pre-surgical suite and operating room, sterile supply diagnostic laboratory, anesthesia and dental machines, and radiographic equipment
- Experienced, credentialed faculty and mentors who work in specialty areas, such as surgery and large animal care and who are active in professional associations and community nonprofits
- Service-learning opportunities, especially through our Vet Tech Club, to give back to the community
General education courses should be completed prior to admission to the program. Courses are sequential, and students should have a strong commitment to attending classes.
Veterinary Nursing A.S. Admissions Information
EFSC’s Veterinary Nursing A.S. degree is a limited-access program with a point-based selection system and requires a special application in addition to the general EFSC admissions procedure.
April 15th is the annual application deadline for a Fall Term start.
Review the basic steps below, linking through to the detailed information about the Selection Criteria and Application Process.
- Meet with a Health Sciences advisor to review program requirements and the selection process. Veterinary Technology selection
for admission is guided by a selection point scale. Discussing this with a health science advisor before you apply is recommended as
part of the process.
- Apply for Admission: Interested students must review and complete the customized Vet Tech Application Process. Completed application files are due by the annual deadline.
- Review complete program information. Check out all the details on this page and look over common questions and answers about the program.
Additional Program Information
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).
American Veterinary Medical Association
Division of Education and Research
1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
The Veterinary Technology program at Eastern Florida State College recruits and educates 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.
Areas of our training that prepare students to work as veterinary technicians include:
- Administration of medication and vaccines
- Biomedical Research
- Client Education
- Clinical Laboratory procedures
- Dental Prophylaxis
- Office/Hospital Management
- Patient History
- Physical Examination
- Surgical Assisting
Review the guidelines on live animal use in the Veterinary Technology program.
Successful participation and completion of this program requires that applicants meet the demands of the program
Brief Costs & Financial Aid Eligibility
Estimated expenses for EFSC’s Veterinary Technology A.S. degree program are $11,000 including uniforms, textbooks, and insurance.
College Courses You Would Take
The Veterinary Technology program includes a minimum of 696 laboratory contact hours, 200 or more clinical hours, and the opportunity for 80 or more hours of service-learning at nonprofit animal organizations. Here are just some of the courses you would take.
Explore the fundamentals of anatomy, focused on canine (dogs) & feline (cats), with an emphasis on locating & identifying anatomical regions & landmarks.
Learn the fundamentals of preventive medicine and common diseases in large animal species inlcuding pigs, sheep, cattle, and horses (and, occasionally, llamas)!
In this lecture/laboratory class, students work with birds, reptiles, & small mammals & on cadavers to allow them to become familiar with treatment techniques.
Covers principles of anesthesia, pain management, surgical instrumentation, patient prep, medicating animals, & x-ray principles including patient positioning for extremity films.
Why study Veterinary Technology at EFSC?
Hands-On Training for a Rewarding Career
Students graduating from EFSC's program find jobs in veterinary practices, research, equine practices, shelters, wildlife hospitals and education, among other positions. Other career options include biomedical research, diagnostic laboratory jobs, and positions as herd health managers, with Humane Societies, industry, the military, zoos, and in wildlife medicine.
Preparation for Additional Educational Opportunities
Students who earn the Veterinary Technology A.S. degree can add management skills
through Eastern Florida's Veterinary Practice Management Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) program. This 100% online program allows veterinary
professionals to train for the business side of operating a practice.
Graduates of this A.S. degree program are also eligible to apply for EFSC's Applied
Health Sciences Bachelor of Applied Science - Veterinary Technology Specialization program.
Related Health Sciences Programs
As you consider applying for the Veterinary Technology A.S. degree, explore these other healthcare programs. Consult a health sciences advisor if you have questions.