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Under the leadership of Dr. Vincent Centonze, HCC’s veterinary
technology program has become one of the most respected
and successful in the country. This two-year program is one of
only six AVMA-accredited programs in Florida, and the second
largest in the state. Students have access to cutting edge x-ray
and surgery facilities and work in the field through community
service projects and externships.
A key component of the veterinary technology program is service
learning. Through a partnership with Hillsborough County Animal
Services, students help animals with dental care, x-rays, surgery
and more. By taking care of these animals’ critical needs,
they help to save them from euthanasia and prepare them for
adoption. Students also work with Southeastern Guide Dogs and
other animal service organizations, and make presentations to
K-12 students on veterinary topics.
Technology Program
Real-World Experience
The veterinary technology program relies on a series of field
work opportunities, called externships, to prepare students for
post-degree employment. Students complete four externships
before they graduate, one each at a general veterinary practice,
specialty practice, emergency clinic, and animal shelter. Many
students join the clinics they work with as employees after
completing their service.
Did You Know?
Employment for veterinary
technologists and technicians is expected to grow
percent from 2010 to 2020, making it number five
on the list of the top 10 fields poised for growth.*
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition
Contributing to the success of HCC’s veterinary technology program is the accomplishment
I’m most proud of in my life. Our curriculum and facilities give students hands-on experience
in the field. They’re well prepared for their careers as top-tier animal healthcare providers.”
Vincent Centonze, DVM, Director of Veterinary Technology Program