The Veterinary Technology Curriculum prepares the graduate to assist the veterinarian in small and large animal practices by obtaining and recording information about cases; preparing animals, instruments, equipment and medication for examination and surgery; collecting specimens; performing laboratory procedures and radiographic procedures; applying bandages and splints; and feeding animals and maintaining proper sanitation of animals and their environment. Students also learn skills in office management, record keeping, and communications.
Graduates may work in private veterinarians' offices, diagnostic and research laboratories, veterinary supply businesses, and other areas dealing with animal care. Most graduate veterinary technicians work as professional assistants to veterinarians. There is a growing demand for veterinary technicians in sales, biomedical research, diagnostic laboratories, government, and other animal health-related industry.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Veterinary Technician Exam and the State Licensing Examination given by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board.
For further information, you may contact the Veterinary Technology Department at Gaston College (704.922.6469), or visit the Gaston College website at www.gaston.edu.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Participate in the practice management using appropriate methods and with the use of proper medical terminology and abbreviations.
- Communicate in a professional manner using all forms of communication: writing, oral, non-verbal and electronic.
- Demonstrate the ability to follow and uphold all applicable laws and ethical codes of veterinary medical profession to provide highest quality of patient care.
- Demonstrate the ability to safely and effectively administer, dispense and explain prescription and nonprescription drugs to clients.
- Demonstrate and perform patient assessment techniques in a variety of animal species.
- Understand and demonstrate husbandry, nutrition, therapeutic and dentistry techniques appropriate to various animal species.
- Demonstrate techniques to safely and effectively manage patients in all phases of anesthetic procedures, to safely and effectively select, utilize, and maintain anesthetic delivery systems, and monitoring equipment.
- Understand and integrate all aspects of patient management and the accepted methods used for common surgical procedures in various species.
- Demonstrate how to properly collect, handle, and analyze specimens for laboratory diagnostic procedures.
- Demonstrate how to safely and effectively produce diagnostic radiographic and non-radiographic images in various species.
The Veterinary Medical Technology Program is a two-year, full time, 6 semester course of study (73 semester credit hours) leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree. The program is designed to provide both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for a professional career as a veterinary technician.
All perspective students must complete Gaston College general admission requirements and the Veterinary Medical Technology admission requirements to be considered for this program.
Applicants to the Veterinary Medical Technology Program must meet the following criteria for consideration for admission into the program: All applications, test scores, and volunteer/shadowing verification forms are due the third Friday in April.
Gaston College General Admissions
- Must be a high school or GED graduate.
- Must be at least 18 years old by first day of class freshman year.
- Must meet all requirements for general admission to Gaston College (ALL OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE ON FILE IN THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE).
- Complete Gaston College application at www.gaston.edu:
- Transcripts: Submit an official high school transcript. (Refer to www.gaston.edu or the Gaston College Academic catalog for other documentation required in place of an official high school transcript.) Request that your high school mail an official high school transcript to:
Office of Admissions
201 Highway 321 South
Dallas, NC 28034-1499
- Take the COMPASS Placement Test. (See #3 below for required scores.)
- If you have taken the HOBET, COMPASS Placement Test, and/or ASSET within the past five years at another college or university, please request that the scores be submitted to the Gaston College Office of Admissions. For information, call 704.922.6214.
- Complete New Student Orientation at Gaston College
- Applicants whose primary spoken language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language via the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For more information, please see an admissions counselor.
Veterinary Medical Technology Admissions
- Complete application form for Veterinary Medical Technology Program. (These forms may be obtained by calling the Veterinary Medical Technology Department at 704.922.6469.) Applications will be accepted from the first Monday in October through the third Friday in April for the fall semester.
- College entrance exam: Student must take the following and meet the minimum scores to be considered for the Vet Tech program.
- TEAS - see the Veterinary Medical Technology website or contact the department at 704.922.6524 for specific score requirements. The TEAS may only be taken two times during an application period to achieve admission requirements.
- College Placement Exam: College placement test scores must be submitted to the Gaston College Admissions Department. If Placement Test scores require developmental courses, the student must complete the developmental courses prior to acceptance into the program.
- Submit a "Work Experience Verification Form" for the required 40 hours minimum of volunteer/shadowing experience in a veterinary setting (a licensed veterinarian must be employeed at the facility). This form should be mailed directly to the Vet Tech Department by the person filling out the form. This form is available on the Vet tech website www.gaston.edu.
- College level courses will be considered for transfer credit upon receipt of an applicant's transcript. Chemistry courses must be current within ten (10) years to be considered for transfer credit. Computer courses must be current within five (5) years to be considered for transfer credit.
- Once the application, all test scores, transcripts, and work verification forms have been received by the college, qualified applicants will be contacted for a personal interview with the admissions committee of the Veterinary Medical Technology Program.
- Applicants will be notified by mail of their admission status by the Veterinary Technology Department Chairperson. Those students who are not admitted to the Veterinary Medical Technology Program may reapply at a later date. Students reapplying for admission must meet the admission requirements current at the time of their most recent application.
- The following are special health requirements that are to be met by all students accepted into the Veterinary Medical Technology Program:
- Upon admission physical and dental exams within the last six (6) months are due on the date stated in the applicant's acceptance letter.
- Prospective students with known or suspected communicable or other serious illnesses are ethically and legally obligated to evaluate their health status in light of student safety. In addition, a physician's statement documenting that the disease state is cured or adequately controlled must be provided.
- If psychiatric treatment has been utilized, a statement from the psychiatrist, relative to suitability for Veterinary Medical Technology may be requested.
- Proof of a tetanus injection within the last ten (10) years.
- Proof of a tuberculin skin test (PPD) within the last year.
- Rabies vaccination (required) must be completed by the end of Fall Semester of the first year. If already vaccinated, proof of adequate blood titer, within the previous two (2) years, must be provided. If a student elects not to receive rabies immunization, a waiver must be signed.
- Students are responsible for obtaining their own health insurance policy and/or paying for any medical expenses incurred as a result of illness or injury sustained during class, lab, or clinical experiences (i.e. strained back, needle stick). Neither Gaston College nor the affiliating institutions/agencies are responsible for medical expenses incurred as part of the educational process.
All necessary application forms may be obtained by calling 704.922.6469.
Enrollment in the Vet Tech Veterinary Medical Technology Program is limited to 40 students each fall semester.
NOTE: Students who will need financial assistance (scholarship, Pell Grant, JTPA, or loan), should apply for financial assistance through the Financial Aid Office in the Myers Center on the Dallas Campus. Plan to do this during the spring semester (January–March) before beginning classes in the fall so funding will be available when classes begin (if qualified).
Total Semester Hour Credits: 73