Veterinary technology is the art and science of using an understanding of basic animal science, biological testing, and animal behavior to assist the veterinarian in the care of animals. The program prepares graduates to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE), and seek employment in animal/veterinary-related fields. In the state of New York, individuals who complete a Veterinary Technology Program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), achieve a passing grade on the VTNE and are of good moral standing are eligible to apply for licensure.
The Committee on Veterinary Technical Education and Activities (CVTEA) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) granted Initial Accreditation to Westchester Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program, effective March 14, 2014. The program was elevated to Full Accreditation, effective April, 2020. Accreditation will remain in effect as long as the Program continues to meet AVMA CVTEA Standards of Accreditation.
Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE)
A passing grade on the Veterinary Technician National Exam, is required for licensure in New York State. Students within 6 months of graduation and graduates of an AVMA-accredited Veterinary Technology Program (or a program registered by the New York State Education Department) can register to take this exam. The following chart displays the pass/success rate, of first time test takers for the past three academic years (from July through June of each year):
Pass Rates for 2017–2020
|Number of eligible first-time candidates that took the VTNE||31|
|Three-year pass percentage on VTNE||87.1%|
Additional Program Notes
Pre-requisites: The following four courses need to be completed to be considered for acceptance into the Veterinary Technology Program. (Transfer credits earned prior to attendance at Westchester Community College may also be considered if they meet acceptable equivalency.)
- Written English – completion of ENG 101 – Writing and Research
- Mathematics – completion of MATH 117- College Quantitative Reasoning
- Science proficiency – completion of both:
Required Screening: Following acceptance and prior to admittance, students must complete a successful criminal background check. Drug screening is also required prior to admittance into any clinical experience. Screening is mandatory, and all expenses are the responsibility of the student. Any screening may be required to be repeated at the request of the Department Chair at any point during the Program.
Clinical Experiences: Some laboratory classes, and clinical externships and experiences, are held off campus at affiliated animal-related facilities. Travel to and from these facilities is an expectation of this Program and is the student’s responsibility. Faculty/staff are not permitted to transport students.
Educational Progress: Students are expected to obtain a “C” in all non-Veterinary Technology coursework, and a “C+” in all Veterinary Technology coursework. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required at the end of each semester.
A grade below a “C+” in any Veterinary Technology course is considered failing. Any student who fails or withdraws from a course can apply for re-admittance to the Program for one additional attempt. Any student who fails a second course will be subject to Academic Dismissal from the Program.
Professional Conduct: Professional and ethical conduct are an important component of this Program, and are expected to be upheld to continue in and graduate from this Program.
For Further Information on the Veterinary Technician Program
Message from the Curriculum Chair
The Veterinary Technology Program is a competitive, selective admittance program, with a separate application process (in addition to the standard WCC application), and only admits accepted students each Fall. The program runs from September to August, and requires two years of full-time study. Classes are offered during the day only and the curriculum consists of four semesters and one summer semester. Curriculum schedules are set and each admitted cohort progresses through the Program together in a specifically designed order. (Students on average devote about 30 hours/week to classes and departmental obligations.) The curriculum offers a well-balanced academic and clinical education, which promotes critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to prepare students for the completion of the degree and success in the field.
Information about the chair
Megan Moore, DVM
Contact InformationPhone: 914-606-6518
Office location: Health Science Building Room #17
Title(s): Department Chair, Curriculum Chair, Assistant Professor
Department/Division: Veterinary Technology/School of Health Careers, Technologies, and Applied Learning
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, 2010
- Bachelor of Science, Biology and Chemistry, Seton Hall University, 2006
- Animal Anatomy and Physiology
- Veterinary Disease and Pathology
- Clinical Pathology I
- Clinical Pathology II
- Farm Animal Nursing (Cattle)
- Senior Lab I
- Senior Lab II
Program Learning Outcome
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School: Health Careers, Technology and Applied Learning
Academic Dept.: Veterinary Technology
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