Area of Study: Veterinary Technology
Degree/Certificate: Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology
If you are not already an active Tri-C student, you must first apply to the College. If you are interested in more than one health careers program, you must submit a separate health careers application for each program. You may only apply to three programs at one time.
Veterinary technicians work under the supervision of a veterinarian to provide health care for animals in various settings. Career options for graduate technicians include private practices, emergency clinics, specialty clinics, educational institutions, research facilities, government agencies and zoological parks. Students work with companion animals, food animals, horses, laboratory animals and exotic species throughout this program.
Day in the Life: Explore the student experience in this program
- Observation Form - While observation hours are strongly encouraged, they are being waived at this time due to COVID.
- Student Health Form
- Criminal background check information
Important Information About the Rabies Vaccination Requirement
Rabies is a deadly virus transmitted through a bite wound or infected saliva into a wound. Working with any mammal puts a person at risk of contracting this disease. Although this disease is not prevalent in this area, there continue to be confirmed cases of domestic animals with rabies in the region yearly. Other areas of Ohio and the country have increased prevalence. Because of the untreatable nature of this disease, the CVTEA/AVMA (accreditation body for the program) requires that you protect yourself with a prophylactic series of injections prior to any handling of animals, which takes place in the first semester of the program. The cost of this series varies and can range from $1,000-$1,350. The student is responsible for this cost. Your personal medical insurance may provide coverage for this vaccine. It is recommended to contact your medical insurance before scheduling an appointment to receive the vaccine(s).
This vaccine can also be acquired at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. You can see their information in order to make an appointment here: https://odh.ohio.gov/find-local-health-districts/cuyahoga-county-board-of-health
For more information about the rabies vaccine series, you can visit the CDC here: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/rabies.html
You can find out more about the rabies virus here: https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html
VTNE Data: Cuyahoga Community College
July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE
Three-year pass percentage on VTNE
- The Ohio Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT)
- National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA)
- Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA)
- American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)