The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Veterinary Technology (FULL)

Date: July 13 - July 24, 2020

FULL - Waitlist Only

The course is offered online for Summer 2020.

The Veterinary Technology Summer Pre-College program invites interested high school students to work with faculty from the UMass Veterinary Technology Program to discover various aspects of the Veterinary Technology profession and the role of the veterinary technician within the larger context of veterinary medicine and animal care. This on-line course consists of two sequential one-week options.
In week 1 (Section 1), students will receive an introduction to the world of the veterinary technician and career options available within the profession, learn to use appropriate medical terminology, study basic animal anatomy and physiology through guided dissection, and discuss normal behaviors and behavioral concerns of domestic animals.
In week 2 (Section 2), students will consider the different breeds of domestic animal species, examine companion animal diseases and their prevention, study common animal parasites and their control, explore handling, husbandry and diseases of Large Animal species, and investigate the production and clinical uses of X-rays, radiographs, and other forms of diagnostic imaging.

Program length: 1 week + 1 week (students can take one or both)

Week 1

  • Module 1: The role of the Vet Tech in the field - videos of vet techs at work, this module explores the career options and the role the veterinary technician plays in the clinic, in the research field.
  • Module 2: Medical Terminology - learn the common terms used by medical professionals to describe anatomical parts and conditions associated with veterinary medicine.
  • Module 3: (Day 1) Anatomy including dissection kit delivered to student’s home and live dissection via zoom.
  • Module 3: (Day 2) Anatomy including dissection kit delivered to student’s home and live dissection via zoom.
  • Module 4: Basic behavior including reading body language, common behavior concerns seen in the veterinary clinic.

Week 2

  • Module 5: Recognizing breeds - go through all species including cats, dogs, horses, cows, sheep, goats, pigs and discuss terminology and breed differences and uses.
  • Module 6: Common diseases of companion animals and their prevention. Discuss vaccinations.
  • Module 7: Parasitology - identifying parasites, flea/tick preventatives, parasite control at a basic level, zoonotic potential of diseases.
  • Module 8: Large Animal module including proper restraint, parts of the horse, cow, chicken. Husbandry for large animal species. General physical examination for a large animal and safe handling during an exam.
  • Module 9: Diagnostic Imaging: What is an X-ray and how do we create and read a radiograph? Plus other methods of diagnostic imaging!

Course fee: $450 for 1 week, $900 for 2 weeks, plus a $50 materials fee

Schedule: Online Live Sessions every Monday-Friday 9:30-11:00am, 1:30-2:30pm (EDT)


Dr. Daniel Young

Visiting Professor

Dr. Sarah Lefebvre

Department Chair/Visiting Associate Professor

Dr. Alioune Gueye

Visiting Associate Professor

Dr. Jennifer Herndon

Visiting Assistant Professor

Tracy Blais

Visiting Associate Professor