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Veterinary Technology

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. 

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The Program

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 in 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, Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals, and Medical Terminology for the Paraprofessional. 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 May 1 of their first year in order to be considered for admission into the professional program. Detailed application and selection information is given during spring semester classes and is available at 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. All students must have completed 12 credits at NDSU. In addition to the application form, students must submit official transcripts, an essay regarding the profession, verification of veterinary clinic observation hours, have completed VETS 115, and have taken a scholastic reading and writing exam. Selection for the professional program is made in mid-June. 

Professional Program

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, and exotics. In addition to lectures and demonstrations, students gain a great deal of practical experience. Professional program students participate in clinical practicums 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 facilities such as zoos, research laboratories, and animal rehabilitation facilities. 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 requirements. With the general elective courses necessary for graduation, you will be able to satisfy the requirements for a number of minor fields of study. 

Scholarships

Veterinary technology students are eligible to apply for scholarships awarded through the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources, and are also eligible for the LuAnn Lee Memorial Scholarship. Each year, students enrolled in the college receive more than $100,000 from the college scholarship program. Information about scholarships is available at www.ag.ndsu.edu/academics/scholarships or by contacting 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. 

Veterinary Technology Plan of Study

Please note this is a sample plan of study and not an official curriculum. Actual student schedules for each semester will vary depending on start year, education goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress and customize an individual plan of study. 

First Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

ANSC 114 Introduction to Animal Sciences

3

ANSC 223 Introduction to Animal Nutrition

2

ENGL 110 College Composition I

4

BIOL 111 Concepts of Biology

3

VETS 135 Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals

3

COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

VETS 136 Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory

1

ENGL 120 College Composition II

3

VETS 150 Introduction to the Veterinary Profession

1

VETS 115 Medical Terminology for the Paraprofessional

1

Gen Ed Quantitative Reasoning

3

CSCI 114 Microcomputer Packages

3

 

15

 

15

Second Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

ANSC 370 Fundamentals/Animal Disease

3

ANSC 371 Fundamentals of Animal Disease II

3

VETS 265 Veterinary Nursing I

3

VETS 255 Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

2

VETS 265L Veterinary Nursing Lab I 

2

VETS 255L Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging Laboratory

1

VETS 249 Veterinary Hospital Information and Procedures

1

VETS 267 Veterinary Nursing II

1

VETS 296 Ward Care/Clinic Care

1

VETS 267L Veterinary Nursing Lab II

2

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts

3

VETS 385 Veterinary Parasitology 

2

MICR 202 Introductory Microbiology 2VETS 385L Veterinary Parasitology Lab 1
MICR 202L Introductory Microbiology Lab 1 VET 455 Veterinary Applied Pharmacy Practices 1
VETS 369 Companion Small Mammal and Exotic Animal
Health and Husbandry
2 VETS 483 Clinical Veterinary Practicum 1
VET 296 Ward Care/Clinic Care 1

 

17

 

15

Third Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

VETS 386 Veterinary Clinical Pathology II

3

VETS 387 Veterinary Clinical Pathology III

2

VETS 386L Veterinary Hematology Lab

1

VETS 387L Veterinary Clinical Pathology Lab

1

VETS 457 Veterinary Pharmacology

2

VETS 358 Veterinary Surgical Nursing Techniques

2

VETS 483 Clinical Veterinary Practicum

1

VETS 358L Veterinary Surgical Techniques Lab

2

VET 296 Ward Care/Clinic Care

1

VETS 482 Large Animal Techniques

2

Elective 6 VET 296 Ward Care/Clinic Care 1

 

 

VETS 483 Clinical Veterinary Practicum

1

 

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts/Gen Ed Global Perspectives

3

 

14

 

14

Fourth Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

VETS 485 Veterinary Technology Externship

6

CHEM 117 or 121 Chemical Concepts and Applications or
General Chemistry I

3

Electives

4

Gen Ed Upper Level Writing

3

VETS 367 Principles of Companion Animal Dentistry 1 Electives 7
VETS 367L Principles of Companion Animal Dentistry Lab 1 Gen Ed  3
Gen Ed Wellness 2

 

14

 

16

Total Credits: 120

View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at: www.ndsu.edu/transfer/equivalencies

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Contact Information


Veterinary Technology

NDSU Dept 2230,
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
DEPT PHONE: (701) 231-7712
DEPT EMAIL: ndsu.ansc@ndsu.edu
DEPT WEBSITE: www.ndsu.edu/vettech

or

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept #5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
Email: NDSU.Admission@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/admission/

 

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