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Admission Requirements

Preparing for the Competitive Admissions Process

Admission is based on the following criteria:

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

Minimum Admission Requirements for direct entrance into the program

  1. High School Diploma or GED/HiSET.
  2. High School Biology with Lab and Chemistry with Lab (grade of C or higher).
  3. MAT 009 Foundations of Mathematics (grade of C or higher), course may be waived with acceptable SAT score. High school algebra I & II are strongly recommended.
  4. Minimum GPA of 2.75.

Our program offers an early decision plan in which students who apply before November 1st will be notified of the admissions decision by December 1st for the upcoming academic year.

A second review of applications will be performed, if needed, between February and April with students being notified of the decision between May and June.

Student applications may be considered outside of the designated review periods should seats be available.

Each VTE class contains 25 students on average and starts in the fall semester.

Transfer Students

Transfer credits can often be utilized within the program. With enough credits, transfer students may have the option of completing the program in three years.

Questions?

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

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

Jennifer Freese, Program Coordinator
Veterinary Technology Program
University of Maine at Augusta – Bangor Campus
25 Texas Avenue; 123 Camden Hall
Bangor, Maine 04401
Office: 207-262-7858
jennifer.freese@maine.edu

Tuition & Fees

  • Current Tuition: $239/credit hr. ($28,919 for 121 credit hours) in-state tuition*
  • Course Fees: $2,225
  • Equipment: $200
  • Books: $688 (Used) – $944 (New)
  • Related Costs: $1100 (Rabies Pre-Exposure Vaccine)

Four Year Total: $33,132- $33,388

*No special provisions for out-of-state students are made for admissions; however, the program does offer a reduced tuition rate for some of the New England States including CT, MA, RI, and VT.

Financial Aid Information

Student Financial Services is here to assist students and their families pay for their UMA education through responsible financial practices to create a successful educational and financial future.

Scholarships are available!

  • Maine Veterinary Education Foundation
  • Peter and Mary Thompson Scholarship
  • Doyle L. Shugart Scholarship Program
  • Walkin’ Pets Veterinarian & Rehab/Vet Tech Scholarship
  • Oxbow Animal Health Veterinary Technology Scholarship
  • NAVTA
  • Long Island Veterinary Medical Association

Full-time and part-time UMA students have an opportunity to apply for a number of scholarships as a result of funding made available by the University of Maine at Augusta, the University of Maine System, and generous donations by organizations and individuals to UMA’s scholarship fund. Explore more UMA Scholarship opportunities.

UMA degrees are flexible. Here is an example of how you could complete your Veterinary Technology degree.

Sample Curriculum

First Year

1st Semester (Fall) 2nd Semester (Spring)
CHY 108 w/lab 4 cr. CIS 100 3 cr.
MAT III 3 cr. COM 101, 102 3 cr.
ENG 101 3 cr. Social Science 3 cr.
Focus elective 3 cr. BIO 321 Microbiology w/lab 4 cr.
Humanities elective 3 cr. Focus elective 3 cr.
Total Semester Cr. 16 cr. Total Semester Cr. 16 cr.

Second Year

3rd Semester (Fall) 4th Semester (Spring)
VTE 100 Intro to Vet Tech 3 cr. Fine Arts Elective 3 cr.
VTE 115 Veterinary Internship 2 cr. Social Science 3 cr.
BIO 115 Mammalian A&P w/lab 4 cr. BIO 116 Mammalian A&P w/lab 4 cr.
Focus Elective 3 cr. Focus Elective 3 cr.
Focus Elective 3 cr. Focus elective 3 cr.
Total Semester Cr. 15 cr. Total Semester Cr. 16 cr.

Third Year

5th Semester (Fall) 6th Semester (Spring)
VTE 210 Small Animal Care and Handling 3 cr. VTE 319 Animal Disease 3 cr.
VTE 210L 1 cr. VTE 224 Sx Nursing & Anesthesiology 1 3 cr.
VTE 223 Pharmacology 4 cr. VTE 224L Sx Nursing 1 Lab 1 cr.
ENG 317W 3 cr. VTE 228 Radiology 2 cr.
VTE 316 Animal Nutrition 3 cr. VTE 228L Radiology Lab 1 cr.
Focus Elective * 3 cr. VTE 20 Clinical Lab Techniques 3 cr.
VTE 200L Clinical Lab Tech Lab 1 cr.
Total Semester Cr. 16 cr. Total Semester Cr. 14 cr.

Fourth Year

7th Semester (Fall) 8th Semester (Spring)
VTE 314 Large Animal Care & Handling 3 cr. VTE 330 Practicum in Vet Tech 15 cr.
VTE 314L 1 cr.
VTE 326 Dentistry 3 cr.
VTE 3256L Dentistry Lab 1 cr.
VTE 325 Sx Nursing & Anesthesiology 2 3 cr.
VTE 325L 1 cr.
Humanities elective 3 cr.
Total Semester Cr. 15 cr. Total Semester Cr. 15 cr.

Veterinary Technology Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students should:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.
  2. Have knowledge enabling students to perform or understand animal care and husbandry duties, physical examinations, restraint techniques, clinical imaging procedures, general anesthetic protocols, and clinical diagnostic testing procedures for all species handled in the program.
  3. Demonstrate verbal, written, computer, and critical thinking skills suitable to provide accurate client communication information and accurately complete all forms of medical records handled within the program.
  4. Accurately calculate and administer common drug dose regimens and fluid administration rates.
  5. Demonstrate adequate levels of knowledge and skills to pass the national professional licensing exam.
  6. Be able to communicate effectively with clients.
  7. Have developed critical thinking skills (problem solving and reasoning).
  8. Understand and apply a code of ethics, respect, and compassion at the workplace with co-workers, patients, and clients.

Veterinary Technology Program Data

Pass Rates July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 56
Three-year VTNE pass percentage 73.2%

According to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, the mean three-year national pass rate for this exam was 70.31% as of April 2018.