The online Veterinary Technician degree at App State
The demand for pet care is on the rise, with an estimated 75 million pets in the U.S. that may not have access to the veterinary care they need by 2030. Now is the time to become a licensed veterinary technician (LVT).
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data project a 20 percent increase in the number of LVT positions by 2026. Veterinary technicians are in-demand at animal hospitals, animal shelters and pet boarding facilities across the country.
App State Online’s four-year, Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technician degree — developed in partnership with Banfield Pet Hospital®, the leading provider of preventive veterinary care in the U.S. and part of the Mars Veterinary Health family of practices — is designed to benefit veterinary professionals, pets and the broader industry.
You'll gain real-world vet technician experience working with animals during your clinical internship as you complete your coursework online.
Upon graduation, you’ll be positioned to leverage your veterinary technician skills to ensure pets can get the care they need.
This program will begin accepting students in Fall 2022, pending SACS-COC approval, expected in 2022.
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- Licensed veterinary technician
- Leadership positions in veterinary clinical or hospital practices
- Biomedical researcher
Core training in veterinary technology will be provided through 70 credit hours of coursework in subject areas required by American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accreditation. This coursework will include:
- 20 credit hours in foundational subject areas including science, math and communication skills;
- approximately 50 hours of coursework in domain-specific areas and
- 240 hours of practical experience obtained through clinical internships.
You may enter this program as a first-year or transfer student.
- If you are a current high school senior or haven't attended college since graduating high school (including Early/Middle college applicants), review First-Year Admission Requirements.
- If you have completed college coursework since graduating high school (including military service member or veteran and second-degree seeking applicants), review Transfer Admission Requirements. Visit our transfer equivalency course search to see how your previous coursework transfers to Appalachian.
- If you have previously taken classes at App State and would like to re-enroll, review our Readmissions Requirements
Before beginning your Clinical Internship, you must also have met Appalachian’s General Education requirements.
This is a program that can lead to licensure or certification in North Carolina. Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.
If this applies to you, check the Professional Licensure webpage for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at App State at email@example.com or 828-262-7559.