NEW- UMass Amherst Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology
The Veterinary and Animal Sciences department at UMass Amherst is now adding a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology to its current nationally and internationally known majors, starting in the academic year 2020-21. Students applying to UMass Amherst in the fall of 2019 and matriculating in the fall of 2020 will be able to choose from the BS-Vet Tech, BS-Animal Science (Animal Management, Biotechnology and Equine Science concentrations) and BS-Pre-Veterinary Science degree programs. These majors are designed for ease of transition between them, as students refine their interests and career plans, and optimized for timely graduation.
The BS-Vet Tech program provides students with the opportunity to spend two years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus learning in state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and farms, followed by two years near Boston in the dedicated Veterinary Technology facility at the UMass Amherst-Mt. Ida campus in Newton, Massachusetts.
Students graduating from UMass Amherst’s BS-Vet Tech program will be prepared for a career as a veterinary technologist in veterinary medicine or biomedical research.
On Monday, January 13, 2020, after thorough review, the Commissioner of Higher Education has approved the University of Massachusetts Amherst to award the Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology degree.
UMass Amherst has filed a proposal for obtaining approval from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) for continuation of accreditation of the Veterinary Technology Program on the Mount Ida Campus, so that students who graduate with a UMass Amherst BS-Vet Tech degree and pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) will be certified veterinary technologists.
Application to UMass Amherst is through the Common App for non-binding Early Action and Regular Decision deadlines. The Veterinary Technology major will be in place for students applying in fall 2019 (Early Action) and winter 2020 (Regular Decision).
Veterinary Technology and Animal Science are open majors, which means that students accepted by UMass Amherst can choose to enter these majors. Entry to the Pre-Veterinary Science major requires a minimum 2.700 weighted GPA in ten UMass Amherst courses or their equivalents. Go to the Veterinary Technology and Animal Science website to find out more.
For more information, please contact:
Amy Rubin, DVM
Veterinary Technology Program Director
Department of Veterinary & Animal Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
431A Integrated Sciences Building
661 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003
Veterinary Technology Major
Suggested Sequence of Classes
Freshman Year - UMass Amherst campus
ANIMLSCI 105 Intro to Veterinary Technology
Biology 151 Intro Biology I
Math 104 Pre-Calculus
General Education Course
First Year Seminar
ANIMLSCI 115 Large Animal Clinical Nursing
Biology 152/153 Intro Biology II with lab
Chem 111 General Chemistry with lab
ENGLWRIT 112 College Writing
Sophomore Year - UMass Amherst Campus
ANIMLSCI 220 Anatomy and Physiology
ANIMLSCI 260 Animal Welfare
Chem 112- General Chemistry II
ANIMLSCI 285 Cell and Molecular Biology
ANIMLSCI Veterinary Clinical Lab techniques
General Education Course
Junior Year - UMass Amherst- Mt. Ida Campus, Newton
ANIMLSCI 415 Clinical Nursing
ANIMLSCI 425 Parasitolog
ANIMLSCI 475 Veterinary Pathology
ANIMLSCI Anatomy lab for Vet Tech
ANIMLSCI 455 Research Animal Management
ANIMLSCI 485 Small Animal Anesthesia and Surgery
Junior Year Writing
Senior Year - UMass Amherst- Mt. Ida Campus, Newton
Internships at Veterinary Clinics
Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
Course sequencing is suggested and may be altered based on individual student needs
The veterinary technology program is currently operating for Associate in Arts and a Bachelor of Science in veterinary technology to students who began their studies at the former Mount Ida College. Students in each of these degree programs obtain a science degree that is supported by professional courses in veterinary medicine within the context of a comprehensive university education, including a core curriculum of General Education courses.
The information on this page currently refers primarily to the program for former Mount Ida College students.
For more information for prospective first-year and transfer students interested in earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Veterinary Technology, please visit the web page for Prospective Vet Tech Students .
Accredited degree: American Veterinary Medical Association’s Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities
Application of learning: Students have real-world learning experiences within the classroom and through internships
After graduation: Career placement rate: 99-100%
Additional Information on Current Program
The differences between the Associate and Bachelor's degrees are primarily in the number of Veterinary Technology and core curriculum courses and in the number of required number of internships. Veterinary technicians and technologists are integral members of the health care team.
Veterinary Technologists/Technicians are entrusted with diverse medical responsibilities that include nursing care in a variety of species, laboratory techniques, anesthesiology and surgical assisting, radiographic imaging and client education.
UMass Amherst’s Veterinary Technology degrees are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities.
Students have the opportunity to learn from experienced, caring faculty. Our faculty come from a variety of backgrounds and many have spent time in practice providing students with real-world examples within the classroom. Learn more about our faculty.
Theory and Practice
In their senior year, students get first-hand experience utilizing their fundamental veterinary technology skills in a variety of areas such as research, laboratory, private and specialty practice. Approved internship sites include: Boston West, Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard, and Beth Israel.
Students also take academic courses along with their internships. Internships are usually four days per week off campus for the entire school year. The internships are arranged by the student along with the program Internship Coordinator and Clinical Site Coordinator.
Students that successfully complete the Veterinary Technology program will be able to demonstrate proficiency in:
- Foundational scientific concepts.
- Office and hospital procedures, client relations, using oral, written, and decision-making skills.
- Understanding the pharmacologic aspects of medications, including prescribing, administration, and patient response.
- Nursing care of a variety of species of animals including areas in husbandry, nutrition, preventative care, animal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and public health.
- Anesthetic management and surgical procedures including post-operative care and dental prophylaxis.
- Recognizing, managing, and utilizing clinical techniques in emergency and critical care medicine.
- Laboratory procedures including lab safety, analysis, and identification of specimens in microbiology, parasitology, and veterinary clinical procedures.
- Safely and effectively producing diagnostic radiographic and non-radiographic images.
- Factual and conceptual information in laboratory animal procedures and facility management.
Veterinary Technician National Exam Passing Rate
On this page, in accordance with guidelines from the AVMA, we report the three-year pass rate for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) among graduates of the Veterinary Technology Program at the former Mount Ida College.