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Veterinary Technology

Associate of Applied Science

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Animals and science go hoof-and-paw in this fast-growing career

New veterinary technician program slated to start in Fall 2018

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Combine your love of animals and science into a career as a veterinary technician. Let Tidewater Community College’s new associate degree provide the path.*

Earn an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology in just six semesters without ever leaving Hampton Roads. The inaugural class is expected to begin in Fall 2018.

EMSI, an economic indicator for higher education, projects that between 2016 and 2026, the need for veterinary technicians will grow by 60.4% in TCC’s service region. That’s 36% greater than the predicted national average!

Veterinary technicians

  • assist veterinarians during examinations and surgeries
  • perform diagnostic tests in laboratories
  • conduct routine procedures, including immunizations and dental cleanings
  • educate pet owners about health care of animals

While you’re learning in the classroom, you’ll also be working at a local veterinarian’s office to satisfy the clinical requirements of the program.

This program is geared to those with experience in the veterinary field. If you’ve never worked in a professional setting with animals, completing TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Veterinary Assistant is strongly encouraged.

Graduates of the associate program will be prepared for employment in a variety of settings, such as companion animal, equine, and food animal practices; biomedical research facilities; pharmaceutical companies; diagnostic laboratories; zoos; wildlife rehabilitation centers; state and federal agencies; veterinary teaching hospitals; and specialty and emergency practices.

Veterinary technician classes will meet twice weekly during the evening on the Virginia Beach Campus. Students will be hands-on with equines, cattle and exotics, all at local sites.

*This program is pending approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies you to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.

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IMPORTANT Additional admission requirements

Your admission as a TCC student does not guarantee your acceptance into this program.

Admission is competitive, with approximately 22 students admitted each fall semester.

If you are a new TCC student, begin your journey by applying for admission and financial aid.

You must also:

  • have a high school diploma or GED
  • have completed College Composition I (ENG 111) and Survey of Chemistry (CHM 110) or equivalent
  • have placed into MTE 4, 5 or MTH 95 based on the results of your Virginia Placement Test
  • submit two letters of recommendation from a veterinarian or professional in a veterinary setting
  • complete a personal interview
  • submit a separate veterinary application. For information, contact program head Megan Taliaferro at or 757-822-7284.
What does this program cost?

You can complete an entire associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.

TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology consists of 4 semesters of full-time study and two summer sessions, with classes held mainly at the Virginia Beach Campus and clinical sites.

Estimated Program Cost*:
63 credits x $181.10 per credit = $11,409.30 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2017 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

You can find immediate employment working with a veterinarian in an office or animal hospital following completion of the associate program. Additional opportunities are available for licensed veterinary technicians in research facilities, wildlife centers, zoos and state and federal agencies.

Is this program for me?

Yes, if you: 

  • have excellent communication skills.
  • are comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
  • have prior experience working with animals
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Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.

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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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Complete all course work locally in two years; no travel involved!

Applications for the program are due April 30, 2018

You must complete College Composition I (ENG 111) and Survey of Chemistry (CHM 110) prior to starting the program. Placement into MTE 4, 5 or MTH 95  based on the results of your Virginia Placement Test (VPT) is also required.

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