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Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Technology is a fast paced, medical science-based profession which is centered around the health and welfare of animals.  A career in veterinary technology provides you the opportunity to interact and educate the animal-owning public and the health science community in various capacities. Offered on the Bangor Campus

A.S. in Veterinary Technology
B.S. in Veterinary Technology will be available Fall 2016

Along with basic, core education requirements, our Vet Tech students complete coursework in animal care and handling, anatomy and physiology, and clinical procedures and techniques. In their final semester, students complete two externships at practicing veterinary facilities with an option of completing one at a laboratory.

This curriculum, which combines class work with actual field and laboratory experience, provides our students with both a solid foundation and first-hand experience in basic animal care and lab techniques.

Upon successful completion of the program, students can apply for the required National Examination conducted by the Maine Board of Veterinary Medicine to become a licensed Veterinary Technician.

Graduates of the University of Maine at Augusta’s Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology program find employment with large and small animal veterinary clinics and hospitals, pharmaceutical firms, biological and medical research laboratories, commercial poultry and dairy companies, commercial testing laboratories, and other facilities.

UMA offers flexibility for students in that many general education classes can be taken online or at many of the satellite campus throughout the state. Students also have the option to be full or part time. All students will have an advisor within the program who can provide knowledgeable advise to meet your specific needs. Please look at the course sequence to see a full list of our classes.

Graduates of our program earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. Students also have the opportunity to continue their studies by earning a B.S degree in Applied Science. This unique option allows students to major in Veterinary Technology and also pick a minor which will enhance their specific interests or career goals.

Bachelors in Veterinary Technology

UMA is transitioning the Veterinary Technology Program from an associate’s degree to a bachelor’s degree program which will formally begin in the fall of 2016, but students can get a head start by enrolling this summer or fall in a pre-veterinary technology track.The pre-vet tech track will help students fulfill certain prerequisites and requirements, and prepare them to compete for a Fall 2016 spot in the program.   We will be accepting one more incoming class to the associate’s degree class for this fall 2015.

UMA’s Bachelor’s in Veterinary Technology Program will equip students with skills in biological/animal medical research, animal care, lab skills, and office management. Applicants who wish to apply for the Bachelor’s in Veterinary Technology Program should contact UMA Enrollment Services office directly at 1-877-UMA-1234.

Our faculty are currently working on research involving upper respiratory infections in cats. This project has looked at local cat colonies which have chronic upper respiratory infections. Students have been able to help in the care of the cats and gain insight into various aspects of the disease process.

Skills You'll Acquire

Examples of the skills UMA Veterinary Technology students acquire over the course of the program include:

Technical/Medical:

Taking and developing radiographs
Develop efficiency in veterinary terminology
Providing animal nursing care
Understanding animal nutritional requirements
Performing clinical laboratory procedures
Monitoring vital signs of patients
Calculating drug dosages
Operating and maintaining diagnostic equipment
Maintaining and using medical equipment
Restraining and handling animals of all species
Placing intravenous catheters
Administering vaccinations and medications
Preparing for surgery and assisting
Monitoring (induction, maintenance) of anesthesia
Performing dental prophylaxis
Performing physical exams

Organizational/Administrative:

Maintaining medical records
Inventory control
Bookkeeping and practice management
Compiling data
Managing operating room and medical facilities
Admitting and discharging patients

Communication:

Providing grief counseling for clients
Writing business letters
Developing and providing client education
Explaining after-care and doctor’s orders
Handling phone contacts and making appointments

Careers You Can Seek

Below is a list of some of the jobs past Veterinary Technology graduates have held. Some positions may require additional education or specialized knowledge:

Medical Services:

Veterinary Technician
Laboratory Animal Technician
Wildlife Rehabilitation Medicine

Research & Education:

Biomedical Research Laboratories
Commercial Testing Laboratories
Pharmaceutical Research Firms
Cooperative Extension (4H)
Veterinary School/Technician Program Instructor*
Veterinary Technician at a Veterinary College Hospital
Nature Conservancy

Industry:

Herd Health Manager
Barn Manager, Equine Facility
Horse Trainer
Kennel Manager
Pharmaceutical Sales
Pet and Livestock Product Marketer
Veterinary Medical Supply Company Rep

Government/Non-Profit:

Animal Control Officer
Wildlife Biologist*
Natural Resources Wildlife Technician
State Dept. of Agriculture Representative
Humane Society Director
Police/Armed Services Dog Trainer
Animal Shelter Staff Member
Military Service
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

*Baccalaureate or Graduate level study is generally required for these occupations.

To practice veterinary technology in Maine, a person must have a license (LVT) from the State of Maine.

Basic requirements for the license are:

  1. Completion of an AVMA accredited program
  2. Pass the national exam (VTNE)
  3. Pass a criminal background check

Licensing information can be found at:

www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/veterinarians/vettech

National exam information can be found at:

www.aavsb.org

Our most recent test scores are:

July ’13 60% first time takers, N/A repeat takers
March ’13, N/A first time takers, 100% repeat takers
Dec ’12 100% first time takers, 50% repeat takers
July ’12 81% first time takers, 0% repeat takers