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. 

A.S. in Veterinary Technology

Offered on the Bangor Campus

Veterinary Technology

About

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.

Meet Our Graduates

Nathan graduated from our program in 2009. He is currently a 3rd year veterinary student at Iowa State University. Nathan knew he wanted to work with animals and considered UMA to be a good foundation for his future goals. He was president of the Veterinary Technology Organization and actively participated in student service projects while he was a student. After graduation, he worked in the local area a licensed technician while going to school part time to complete the remaining course work needed for veterinary school. His education at UMA provided a great start to his course work at Iowa State Veterinary College.

Faculty Research

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.

Why Veterinary Technology?

Skills You'll Acquire

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

Technical/MedicalOrganizational/Administrative
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
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 ServicesResearch & Education
Veterinary Technician
Laboratory Animal Technician
Wildlife Rehabilitation Medicine
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
IndustryGovernment/Non-Profit
Herd Health Manager
Barn Manager, Equine Facility
Horse Trainer
Kennel Manager
Pharmaceutical Sales
Pet and Livestock Product Marketer
Veterinary Medical Supply Company Rep
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.

Testing & Licensure

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

Learning Outcomes

The faculty and staff are committed to fulfilling, developing and improving skills, tasks, and decision-making abilities in preparation for sitting for the veterinary technician national exam with the following curriculum goals and philosophies in mind:

developing and improving office and hospital procedures, client relations and communication
enhancing decision-making abilities to perform safe and effective administration and dispensing of pharmacological drugs and pharmacy related tasks and skills
preparing students to demonstrate and perform assessment techniques in a variety of animal species
preparing students to demonstrate and perform basic patient care, husbandry, dentistry, nutrition and therapeutic techniques appropriate in a variety of different species
preparing students to safely and effectively manage patients in all phases of anesthetic procedures
preparing students for safe and effective selection, utilization and maintenance of anesthetic delivery and monitoring instruments and equipment
preparing students with the basic knowledge of routine surgical procedures
preparing students to properly package, handle, and store specimens for laboratory analysis
preparing students to properly carry out analysis of laboratory specimens
preparing students to safely and effectively produce diagnostic radiographic and non-radiographic images
preparing students to safely and effectively handle common laboratory animals used in animal research
providing students with a means to understand an approach to providing safe and effective care for birds, reptiles, amphibians, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils and ferrets
guiding students toward an understanding of how to carry out tasks, skills and decision-making abilities
guiding students in following and upholding applicable laws and the veterinary technology profession's ethical codes in order to provide high quality care to patients
providing students with the opportunity to explore the broad diversity of the profession and instilling in them a passion for lifelong learning