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Veterinary Technology Program Associate in Science Degree (73 Credit Hours) 

Veterinary technicians are in high demand! If you have a passion for science and enjoy working with animals, you can have a rewarding career that ensures the health and well-being of animals. Employment of veterinary technicians is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2020, according to the most recent information from the U.S. Department of Labor.

 Career Opportunities

·         Veterinary Private Practices

·         Humane Societies

·         Specialty Veterinary Medicine

·         Zoo/Wildlife Medicine

·         Agriculture

·         Biomedical Research


Program Information


Hillsborough Community College is proud to offer a fully AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology program to serve local veterinary medical practices and this growing profession.

 Program Mission Statement

“To provide superior veterinary technology instruction, cutting edge technology, and hands-on opportunities for students in an innovative learning environment, so they acquire the skills to excel in today’s highly competitive workplace.”

 Degree Structure

This Associate in Science Degree can be completed in 2 years or 5 consecutive terms.

·         18 credits hours of general education requirements

·         55 credits hours of Veterinary Technology courses (ATE course prefix) 




Applications will be available on this website beginning in January.  Applications will not be accepted after May 17th.  Applications are due to the Dean of Student Services' office at the Plant City Campus.  Students must have completed 12 of 18 credit hours of general education requirements with a grade of "C" or greater prior to acceptance into the program.  The 12 credit hours must include the Mathematics, Science, and English general education requirements.  In addition to the 12 credit hours of general education prerequisites, students must also complete 3 credit hours of veterinary technology courses, including ATE 1001 (Introduction to Veterinary Technology), ATE 1741 (Veterinary Medical Terminology), and ATE 2501 (Veterinary Professional Development/Ethics Seminar).  Letters of acceptance will be sent to applicants after May 17th.  Accepted applicants will also be required to attend a mandatory orientation, the time and place will be specified in the acceptance letter.  Applicants who are not accepted are required to reapply for future consideration.


 Veterinary Technology program includes the following courses:


·  Animal Anatomy and Physiology

·  Pharmacology

·  Animal Clinical Pathology

·  Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine

·  Animal Emergency Medicine

·  Animal Nursing

·  Veterinary Work Experience


Completion of this degree allows and prepares students to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam and achieve the status of Certified Veterinary Technician.


What are the benefits of becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician?


Education and credentialing elevates your role as a veterinary technician within a clinic. According to the October 2008 Veterinary Technician Journal, Education + Certification = Higher Pay. A high percentage of veterinary technicians make between $11-16/hr. However, 40% of credential veterinary technicians surveyed by MediMedia Research made $17-22/hr – while only 21% of non-credential veterinary technicians could report an hourly wage within this range. It pays to be certified!


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