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Veterinary Technology

Lend a Helping Hand with Veterinary Technology

veterinary technician works with beagleThe Veterinary Technology program at Sinclair can help train you to assist in treating animals in a variety of settings. Learn new skills for animal care or prepare for veterinary technology licensure or further animal medicine.

This program might be for you if:

  • You want to learn new skills in animal medicine and animal health management.
  • You are interested in preparing for further veterinary education.
  • You would like to work with people who share your interests in animal care.

Sinclair's Veterinary Technology program will train you in many areas of animal care, including animal husbandry, surgical preparation, drug administration, anatomy, radiography and more. Earn valuable hands-on training while learning to provide veterinary assistance, particularly in areas of surgical preparation and anesthesia. Sinclair's program provides an ideal beginning for those who wish to discover pet therapy and veterinary science, for those who wish to work with and supervise veterinary assistants, and for those who want to continue into a registered veterinary tech (RVT) position or a pre-veterinary education track.*

*: The Veterinary Technician Program has initial accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA/CVTEA). Graduates of this program will be eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Board Exam (VTNE) once they have completed the program.

Important Information about Health Sciences Programs: The Health Sciences (HS) Programs consist of open enrollment (general education and division specific courses) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the program specific information packet located on each HS program's webpage.

Degree Programs

Associate of Applied Science - Veterinary Technology

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology is designed to train Veterinary Technologists to assist Veterinarians in industry, medical centers, and animal hospitals. Careers such as these require trained professionals who have knowledge and skills in all aspects of veterinary medicine. This program provides training in animal husbandry and restraint, nursing, surgical preparation and techniques, drug administration, anesthesia, anatomy, laboratory techniques, and radiography. Preceptorships at various private practices and research institutions provide valuable on-the-job training.

The Veterinary Technology Program consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To be considered for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required, as well as a grade of C or higher in all program courses. Entry to the Veterinary Technology program's limited enrollment courses is based on a competitive selection process. Students wishing to pursue a baccalaureate degree and/or admission into a school of veterinary medicine should meet with an advisor and/or the program director for additional curriculum.

An Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology can be helpful in many different paths, and will open many doors. A graduate from this program; once accredited; will be eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam. Those graduates who pass this exam with a score of 75% or better will be eligible to register with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board in order to practice within the State of Ohio. A registered veterinary technician, or RVT, is responsible for assisting the veterinarian in a general practice. His or her job duties may include, but are not limited to: performing dental cleanings and radiologic procedures; surgical and anesthetic assistance; diagnostic laboratory techniques; IV catheter placement; patient monitoring; inventory control; and office staff management. In addition, this degree can be a stepping-stone to a 4-year degree at another institution, and eventually to Veterinary School (an additional 4-year program). It can also make you eligible to gain employment within a classroom or laboratory setting. RVTs are vital to the practice of veterinary medicine, and are in high-demand within the Dayton area at this time.

Prerequisites: BIO 1111/1171, BIO 1211/1217, CHE 1111/1151, HIM 1101, MAT 1130, ALH 1101, VET 1100 (or equivalent), BIO 2205/2206, ENG 1101, and VET 1200

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Transfer Opportunities

Make the most of your education by starting at Sinclair Community College. Our quality programs and low tuition make it a great place to start even if you intend to further your education beyond an associate degree or certificate. You would be surprised at the money you could save by completing your first two years of study at Sinclair—just take a look at our low tuition and see the savings for yourself. You can also learn more by visiting Sinclair’s Transfer Web site »

Articulation & Transfer Agreements

Sinclair works directly with many four-year schools in Ohio and beyond to ensure the college credit you earn will transfer easily to those schools. By developing articulation agreements, formal agreements between colleges detailing the recognition of college credit between the schools, you will know you are meeting the requirements needed at the four-year school of your choice. Learn more about articulation and transfer »

Exercise, Nutrition & Sports Sciences

Sinclair Community College has worked to develop program-specific agreements to assist you in a more seamless process when transferring from a specific Sinclair degree program to a bachelor’s degree program in the same area of study.

Programs & Articulation Agreements

Dietetics/Nutritional Management, A.A.S.

Articulation agreements are in place for transfer to:

  • The Ohio State University (Didactic Program)
  • University of Cincinnati (Dietetics Coordinated Program)
  • University of Dayton (Food & Nutrition)

Physical Education, Associate of Arts

Articulation agreements are in place for transfer to:

  • Wright State University, Health & Physical Education

Transferring Individual Classes

In addition to transferring with a degree, college credit for many courses, including those in the ENSS programs, are accepted at other colleges and universities. Learn more about course equivalency »

General Agreements

While at Sinclair, if you plan to complete any associate degree program, there are agreements in place to help you easily transfer into a variety of bachelor’s degree completion programs.

Your transfer opportunities
may include:

  • Antioch University McGregor
  • Franklin University
  • Kaplan University
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Ohio University
  • Purdue University
  • Strayer University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Wright State University
  • and more…

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Ohio Transfer Module

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs fulfill the requirements for the Ohio Transfer Module at other public colleges and universities. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond their program to complete the entire transfer module.

Upon completion of the Ohio Transfer Module, students will be able to enter most Ohio four-year colleges and universities as a junior with your general education requirements completed. Find out more about the Ohio Transfer Module…

Please Note: Sinclair continues to work with other colleges and universities to provide more opportunities through new articulation and transfer agreements. Please consult with an academic advisor for the most up-to-date information.

Related Programs

Sinclair Community College offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs. With so many to choose from, we are sure that you can find a program that suits your needs. If you are interested in the exercise, nutrition and sport sciences programs, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Sinclair: