About the associate degree in veterinary technology
Turn your passion for animal care into a “vet tech” career.
Veterinary technology is one of the fastest-growing occupations in Pennsylvania and across the United States. With an associate degree in veterinary technology from California University of Pennsylvania, you’ll be ready to enter this exciting field as a veterinary technician, or “vet tech.”
In this new program, students work with live animals on campus as they master practical skills in animal care. Coursework in the vet tech program consists of classroom theory, hands-on training and 240 hours of clinical experience. Classes begin in fall 2019.
The associate degree program prepares you to seek an entry-level position as a veterinary technician in just two years of full-time study. Your credits also can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology or one of Cal U’s biology programs, including the pre-professional program that can lead to veterinary school.
Help pets and other animals live happy, healthy lives.
Veterinary technicians work with companion and service animals, working animals, livestock, wildlife, exotic animals and more. The associate degree in veterinary technology teaches the knowledge and skills you need to become part of a veterinary care team. It also can be a steppingstone to any field related to animals and their care.
You’ll study laws pertaining to animal care and learn about animal anatomy, behavior and diseases, along with best practices for animal handling, practice management and recordkeeping. The program also covers topics such as:
- Anesthesia and pain management.
Campus facilities include state-of-the-art housing for dogs, cats, rats and rabbits. Students apply their learning in animal exam areas, a clinical laboratory equipped with diagnostic and imaging equipment, and a surgical nursing suite.