Accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Technology program covers two years of college-level study taught by experienced veterinarians and technicians. This program will prepare graduates to assist veterinarians, biomedical researchers and professional animal scientists. After completing general studies and coursework, students gain occupational experience through a twelve-week internship program at a veterinary clinic or hospital, laboratory, research facility, or zoo.

A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary for acceptance into the Veterinary Technology major. In addition, students are required to successfully complete one year or equivalent of high school biology and chemistry. Grades of C (2.0 GPA) or higher must be earned in each of these prerequisite courses. Applicants must complete the college placement test with specific minimum achievement scores:

Reading - 78

Math - test into MATH 98 or higher

Applicants not meeting these specific requirements are encouraged to talk to a Ridgewater academic advisor.

In addition to these requirements, it is an expectation of the College that students will spend at least one week in a veterinary environment observing a veterinary technician.

The Veterinary Technology program is academically rigorous, and it takes highly motivated individuals with better than average ability to master a sizeable course load of scientific and medical material in a relatively short time. Experience with animals and an understanding of the field of veterinary medicine is ideally beneficial to applicants. Applicants are strongly encouraged to spend at least one week observing or working in a veterinary clinic with a veterinary technician.

In order to progress in the Veterinary Technology program, a student must achieve at least a "C" grade in each Veterinary Technology course and required science courses including: chemistry, biology, and microbiology. An overall "C" in all classes is essential for graduation with an Associate in Applied Science degree.

Course Outline
Required Courses
(21 Courses)
Course Title Credits
VNTE 1000 Introduction to Veterinary Science
VNTE 1016 Veterinary Nursing Procedures I
VNTE 1035 Anatomy and Physiology I
VNTE 1045 Pharmacology
VNTE 1055 Laboratory Techniques I
VNTE 1116 Veterinary Nursing Procedures II
VNTE 1125 Kennel Management and Animal Care II
VNTE 1135 Anatomy and Physiology II
VNTE 1155 Laboratory Techniques II
VNTE 2210 Veterinary Clinical Skills I
VNTE 2218 Veterinary Large Animal Husbandry
VNTE 2219 Veterinary Nursing Procedures of Large Animals
VNTE 2230 Radiographic and Imaging Techniques
VNTE 2246 Disease Processes
VNTE 2310 Veterinary Clinical Skills II
VNTE 2325 Veterinary Surgical Nursing and Anesthesia
VNTE 2331 Veterinary Hospital Procedures
VNTE 2340 Clinical Proficiency
VNTE 2350 Avian, Exotic and Lab Animal Care
VNTE 2715 Veterinary Technology Internship
VNTE 2950 Special Projects/Topics 1*
Total Credits: 57  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 56 while the section is listed as having 57 credits.
Technical Elective Courses
(these courses are not required but are recommended)
Course Title Credits
VNTE 2811 Shelter Medicine
VNTE 2825 Advanced Veterinary Behavior
VNTE 2830 Pet Grooming
General Education Required Courses
(2 Courses)
Course Title Credits
BIOL 215 Microbiology
CHEM 101 Survey of Chemistry
Total Credits: 8  
General Education Elective Courses
(select 4 credits from the courses below)
Must choose either BIOL 100 (4 credits) or BIOL 200 (5 credits).
Course Title Credits
BIOL 100 Introduction to Biology
BIOL 200 General Biology I
Total Credits: 4  
General Education Elective Courses
Choose one Communications elective for 3 credits and one Humanities or Social Science elective for 3 credits.
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 6  
Total AAS Degree Credits: 75  

*Credits for this course are variable. See your Advisor about this course.