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Veterinary Technology at UMA

Licensed veterinary technicians (LVT) are indispensable members of the veterinary medical team, capable of providing everything from life support and surgical assistance to physical therapy and nutritional management. UMA-Bangor’s BS Veterinary Science Technology program, the first in Maine, is designed to provide you with extensive training in the theory and principles, reinforced with the hands-on technical, animal, and laboratory experience needed to prepare you for this exciting field.

Our Vet Tech program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and is designed to meet existing demands for technical personnel in the veterinary and biomedical fields. The faculty at UMA intends to challenge veterinary technology students academically and personally to prepare employees who are clinically competent and capable of functioning as productive members of the veterinary healthcare team.

The program offers extensive laboratory facilities, experienced faculty and staff and hands-on education with companion, lab and farm animals. Facilities include labs, a surgical suite, kennels and a radiological suite. Our traveling large animal laboratory covers equine, bovine, sheep, goats, pigs and a large animal practice for clinical procedures. Labs provide individual attention and maximum exposure to different veterinary practice philosophies.

The humane care and treatment of animal patients is stressed throughout the program, as are the importance of compassion, veterinary medical ethics, effective interpersonal relations, and the psychology of dealing with patients and clients. We recently were connected with Maine’s Help Fix Me program in an effort to reduce the number of strays and unwanted pregnancies among our cats and dogs here locally.

To become a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) within the state of Maine, one must graduate from an AVMA accredited program in Veterinary Technology pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and the apply to the Maine Veterinary Medical Board.

Pass rates:

First Time eligible: 30
First Time taken: 11
3-Year Pass Rate: 73%

Professional Outlook

UMA Vet Tech students with patientThe demand for veterinary technicians is, and will remain, high, making attending vet tech school very attractive. The U.S. Department of Labor ranks the job outlook of the vet tech profession as excellent, meaning that there will be more job openings than qualified applicants over the next ten years. There is an expected 35 percent growth rate in veterinary technician employment expected from 2008 to 2018. Traditional small animal clinics are always looking as well as biotech companies like Jackson Labs and Idexx. There are other opportunities in government, zoos and education to consider.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology, which will allow them to successfully and safely perform animal care and husbandry, physical examinations, restraint techniques, clinical imaging procedures, general anesthetic protocols, and clinical diagnostic testing procedures for all common domestic, laboratory, and exotic animals handled in the program.
  2. Demonstrate verbal, written, computer skills, and critical thinking skills suitable to provide accurate client communication information and accurately complete all forms of medical records handled within the program.
  3. Accurately calculate common drug dose regimens and fluid administration rates and safely administer them for all common domestic, laboratory, and exotic animals handled in the program.
  4. Demonstrate adequate levels of knowledge and skills to pass the national professional licensing exam.
  5. Communication and information collection skills: Written, oral and digital
  6. Critical thinking (problem solving and reasoning skills).
  7. Understanding and application of ethics when treating of animals and with relationships of clients.

Preparing for the Competitive Admissions Process

Admission is a competitive admissions process based on the following criteria:

  • Academic ability (overall academic performance with GREATEST emphasis on recent MATH and science grades, SAT/ACT scores) along with college prep course grades.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age prior to entering clinical courses.

Each VT Class contains 40 students. There is one class per year that starts in the fall.

Minimum Admission Requirements for direct entrance into the program

  1. High school-level or higher Biology with lab, graded C or higher
  2. High school-level or higher Chemistry with lab, graded C or higher
  3. MAT 009 Foundations of Mathematics (grade C or Higher) or waiver. High school Algebra I & II and/or higher math strongly recommended
  4. ENG 100 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing or course waiver
  5. REA 008 Reading for Understanding or course waiver
  6. High School GPA 2.50/4.0 equivalent

Transfer students must have earned a grade of C (not C-) or higher in any program major courses

Completed Applications are reviewed by the Veterinary Technology Admissions Committee

For questions on admissions requirements and procedures, contact the University of Maine at Augusta Office of Admissions: 

Emily Holland
UMA-Bangor
Lewiston Hall, Enrollment Services Office
Bangor, ME 04401
207.262.7825

For questions related to the program or Veterinary Technology please contact:

Roger Barkman, MS, LVT, LATG. ILAM, Program Coordinator

Veterinary Technology Program
University of Maine at Augusta – Bangor Campus
25 Texas Avenue; 109 Camden Hall
Bangor, Maine  04401
Office: 207-262-7855   Fax: 207-262-7851
roger.barkman@maine.edu

Sample Curriculum

1st Semester (Fall) 2nd Semester (Spring)
CHY 108 4 cr. CIS 100 3 cr.
MAT III 3 cr. COM 101, 102, 103 or 104 3 cr.
ENG 101 3 cr. Social Science 3 cr.
Focus elective 3 cr. Writing Intensive 3 cr.
Humanities elective 3 cr. Focus elective 3 cr.
Total Semester Cr. 16 cr. Total Semester Cr. 15 cr.
3rd Semester (Fall) 4th Semester (Spring)
VTE 100 Intro to Vet Tech 3 cr. VTE 253 Clinical Lab Techniques 3 cr.
* VTE 115 Veterinary Vocab/Math 3 cr. VTE 253L 1 cr.
Bio 115 Mammalian A&P w/lab 4 cr. VTE 216 Nutrition 3 cr.
Bio 321 Microbiology w/lab 4 cr. Bio 116 Mammalian A&P II w/Lab 4 cr.
Focus elective 3 cr.
Total Semester Cr. 14 cr. Total Semester Cr. 14 cr.
5th Semester (Fall) 6th Semester (Spring)
VTE 113 Small Animal Care and Handling 3 cr. VTE 319 Animal Disease 3 cr.
VTE 113L 1 cr. VTE 324 Sx Nursing & Anesthesiology 1 3 cr.
VTE 223 Pharmacology 3 cr. VTE 324L 1 cr.
* VTE 260 Parasitology 2 cr. VTE 358 Radiology 2 cr.
* VTE 260L 1 cr. VTE 358L 1 cr.
Social Science 3 cr. Humanities elective 3 cr.
Focus elective 3 cr. Focus elective 3 cr.
Total Semester Cr. 16 cr. Total Semester Cr. 16 cr.
7th Semester (Fall) 8th Semester (Spring)
VTE 314 Large Animal Care & Handling 3 cr. VTE 430 Practicum in Vet Tech 15 cr.
VTE 314L 1 cr.
VTE 416 Dentistry 3 cr.
VTE 416L 1 cr.
VTE 425 Sx Nursing & Anesthesiology 2 3 cr.
VTE 425L 1 cr.
Humanities elective 3 cr.
Total Semester Cr. 15 cr. Total Semester Cr. 15 cr.