The veterinary technology program at North Dakota State University will prepare you for an exciting career in animal health care. As a veterinary technologist, you may choose to work in a veterinary practice, or your goals might lead you in other directions, such as technical research assistance, sales, veterinary practice management or animal-related business management. Many potential career opportunities await you as an NDSU veterinary technology graduate.
Veterinary technology is a Bachelor of Science degree program within the Department of Animal Sciences. Departmental offices are located in Hultz Hall and Robinson Hall, on the west side of the main NDSU campus. Veterinarians and licensed veterinary technologists comprise the primary faculty and staff, with other animal health and animal sciences professionals also teaching the program.
The first year of the program is a pre-professional course of study that allows students the opportunity to decide if they want to apply for the limited-enrollment professional portion of the program. Courses offered to first year students include Introduction to the Veterinary Profession, Companion Animal Breeds, Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals, Medical Terminology for the Paraprofessional, and Animal Restraint. If, for any reason, you do not continue into the professional portion of the program, the credits earned during the first year may be transferred into other majors.
The professional portion of the program, which starts in the fall of the second year, is selective. Students must submit a supplemental application by April 1 of their first year in order to be considered for admission into the professional portion. Detailed application and selection information is given during fall semester classes and is available upon request from the veterinary technology program director or athttp://www.ndsu.edu/vettech
Professional Program Selective Admission
All students wishing to continue on in the professional program must submit supplemental application materials. Transfer students are encouraged to contact the department early for information if they intend to transfer to NDSU and enter veterinary technology. In addition to the application form, students must submit three recommendations (forms are provided), an official transcript, a short statement of their career goals, and verification of veterinary clinic observation hours. Selection for the professional program is made in late May.
Topics in the professional portion of the program include clinical techniques, clinical laboratory procedures, radiography, pharmacology, anesthesiology, hospital procedures, surgical nursing and animal disease. Students work with a diverse group of animals, including cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, dogs, cats, birds, lab animals and pocket pets. In addition to lectures and demonstrations, students gain a great deal of practical experience. Professional program students participate in the Robinson Hall Veterinary Wellness Clinic and, after successful completion of all the veterinary technology courses, enroll in a clinical externship.
Most students do their externship in a veterinary clinic, but students with particular interests have done their externships at such facilities as zoos, research laboratories, and even the Kennedy Space Center. Your entire academic career is planned to allow you to achieve your career goals and adapt to individual employment needs after you graduate. A minor in large animal veterinary technology, available only to veterinary technology majors, is available for students interested in careers working with livestock and/or horses.
Veterinary Technology Curriculum
The veterinary technology curriculum allows considerable flexibility in designing your program. With the help of your advisor, you will formulate a course schedule that allows you to complete the veterinary technology program. With the general elective courses necessary for graduation, you will be able to satisfy the requirements for an optional minor field of study if you so choose.
Veterinary technology students are eligible to apply for scholarships awarded through the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources. Each year, students enrolled in the college receive more than $100,000 from the college scholarship program. Information about the scholarships is available at www.ag.ndsu.edu/academics/coaschol.htm or contact the Office of the Dean, College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources, NDSU, Dept 2200, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050, 701-231-7656.
The Veterinary Technology Club
The Veterinary Technology Club is open to any student interested in veterinary technology. It provides a social setting for students with common career goals and an opportunity to become involved in professional and community activities. The club meets twice monthly during the school year. Information about the club is available from the veterinary technology academic advisors.
General Education RequirementsCredits
|First Year Experience |
|Agri. 189 - Skills for Academic Success
| Comm. 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking
|Engl. 110, 120 - College Composition I, II
|| 3, 3
|English Upper Level Writing Course
|Quantitative Reasoning |
|Math. 104 - Finite Math or Higher
|Science & Technology ||Biol.111 - Concepts of Biology
|CSci. 114 - Microcomputer Packages
|| 3 4 |
|Micr. 202, 202L - Introduction to Microbiology and Lab
|| 2, 1
|Humanities & Fine Arts
|Social and Behavioral Sciences Sciences
|| 6 |
|| 2 |
| Cultural Diversity
|| - |
|| - |
Pre-Professional Major RequirementsCredits
| Vets. 115 - Medical Terminology
|Vets. 125, 125L - Animal Restraint and Lab
|| 2, 1|
|Vets. 130 - Companion Animal Breeds
|Vets. 135 - Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals
|Vets. 136 - Anatomy and Physiology Lab
|Vets. 150 - Introduction to the Veterinary Profession
Professional Major RequirementsCredits
| Vets. 255 - Fundamentals of Veterinary Radiography
|Vets. 256 - Veterinary Clinical Technology And Instruments
|Vets. 259 - Small Animal Diseases
|Vets. 357 - Veterinary Pharmacology
|Vets. 358 - Veterinary Surgical Nursing Techniques
|Vets. 359 - Veterinary Hospital Information and Procedures
|Vets. 385 - Veterinary Clinical Pathology I
|Vets. 386 - Veterinary Clinical Pathology II
|Vets. 387 - Veterinary Clinical Pathology III
|Vets. 481 - Ward Care and Clinic Care
|Vets. 483 - Clinical Veterinary Practicum
|VetS. 484 - Large Animal Techniques
|Vets. 485 - Veterinary Technology Externship
|ANSC 114 - Introduction to Animal Sciences
|ANSC 223 - Introduction to Animal Nutrition
|Chem. 121 - General Chemistry I or
Chem. 117 - Chemical Concepts and
|Micr. 465 - Fundamentals of Animal Disease
This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.
Veterinary Technology Program
North Dakota State University
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Tel: (701) 231-7641
Fax: (701) 231-7590
Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Dept 5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Tel: (701) 231-8643
Fax: (701) 231-8802