The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Veterinary Technology | UMass Mt. Ida Campus

Date: July 13 - July 17, 2020

Date: July 20 - July 24, 2020

Program length: 1 week

This is a commuter program located at the UMass Mt. Ida campus in Newton, MA. Class runs from 9am - 4pm M - F. Housing is not available for this program. 


The Veterinary Technology Summer Pre-College program invites rising junior and senior high school students 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.  During this five-day experience, students will work with faculty from the UMass Veterinary Technology Program.  This day program is scheduled to run in a one-week session, Monday through Friday. Session 1 will run July 13-17, Session 2 will run July 20-24.
Students in this program will explore facets of the practice of small animal veterinary medicine on the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst in Newton, MA.  Rotations on this campus will focus on animal behavior, anatomy of domestic animal species, laboratory clinical diagnostic procedures, radiographic and other diagnostic imaging techniques, anesthesia methods and monitoring, small animal surgery, and other aspects of the practice of veterinary medicine. 
Students will travel to the main campus in Amherst to work with livestock on the UMass Hadley farm.  Field trips are also planned as a part of the program to expose students to the practice of emergency and specialty veterinary medicine as well as aspects of animal care and the veterinary profession outside of private clinical practice.
*In your letter of interest, please describe your animal-related experiences, your long-term career goals, and what you hope to gain from the Veterinary Technology Pre-college course.
Admissions are rolling.
  • Participant Outcomes

    •     Recognize features of normal and abnormal animal behavior
    •     Explain basic characteristics of the anatomy and physiology of domestic animal species
    •     Perform various laboratory clinical diagnostic procedures
    •     Experience radiographic and other imaging diagnostics and their application to clinical medicine
    •     Understand the implementation and monitoring of veterinary anesthesia
    •     Learn basic techniques associated with small animal surgical assisting
    •     Perform livestock handling, restraint, and basic physical assessments
    •     Tour a large emergency, critical care, and specialty veterinary medical practice
    •     Travel to a local zoo, aquarium, or similar facility to experience animal care outside of traditional clinical practice
  • Safety Information

    Due to the physical activities involved in this program and the interaction with animals, students are required to sign a Liability Release Form prior to attending this program. Participants under the age of 18 years old will need a parent or a guardian signature on the Liability Release Form. The Liability Release Form must be notarized by a notary public and returned to UMass prior to arrival for the program. Consult your physician to determine whether or not you should participate in this program involving animals and work in barns with dust and pollen if you have allergies, a compromised immune system, or if you are pregnant.
  • Supplies and Attire

    Work will be in laboratories, outdoors in barns and in a veterinary hospital. Therefore, appropriate attire is required. A $40 supply fee in addition to enrollment fee will cover the cost of surgical scrub top to wear in class and take home at the end of the week. Protective coveralls and laboratory coats will be provided for use during labs and farm field trip.
         •     Please wear clean clothes without holes or tears. Closed toed shoes such as clean running shoes are appropriate for lab days.
         •     Students must bring their own washable, rubber boots to the program for farm field trip. The boots should go up to ast least mid-calf.
  • Program Fees

    Application fee $35 – All Applicants
    Program fees are $950 plus a $40 materials fee. Programs fees include lunch at the UMass Mt. Ida Dining Commons.
  • Mt. Ida Campus Information

    The 72-acre University of Massachusetts Mount Ida Campus is located at 777 Dedham Street, Newton, MA. Approximately 8 miles from downtown Boston. The campus is accessible off Interstate 95 as well as via public transportation. 

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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

Dr. Daniel Young

Visiting Professor