The online Veterinary Technology 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 credentialed veterinary technician.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data project a 15 percent increase in the number of credentialed veterinary technician positions by 2030. Veterinary technicians are in high demand in veterinary clinics as well as other animal health-related industries across the country.

Put your love of animals to work for you by earning a veterinary technology degree from App State. App State Online’s four-year bachelor 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, animals and the broader industry.

You'll gain real-world vet technician experience working with animals during your clinical externship 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

Degree details

Program information

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(Not every course listed may be delivered to App State Online students, but you will be offered all courses required for the degree.)

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.

Admission requirements

You may enter this program as a first-year or transfer student.

Program Requirements

Before beginning your Clinical Internship, you must also have met Appalachian’s General Education requirements.

Professional Licensure

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 or 828-262-7559.

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