Explore Over 300 Programs of Study at Miami Dade College

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a Veterinary Technician?
A. Veterinary technicians typically conduct clinical work in a private practice under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Veterinary technicians assist the veterinarian by performing laboratory test, nursing care, radiographs, dental prophylaxis, surgical preparation and anesthesia for the surgical patient. Veterinary technicians assisting small-animal practitioners usually care for small pets, such as cats and dogs, but may perform a variety of duties involving mice, rats, birds, pocket pets, exotic animals, horses, sheep, pigs, and cattle depending on their working environment. Additional employment opportunities for veterinary technicians can be found in research facilities under the guidance of veterinarians or physicians

Q. When does the program start and what is the application deadline for the program?
A. The program starts in August of each year. The deadline for applications is May 1st.  Applications may be accepted after the deadline date.  However, applications accepted after the deadline date may not be considered for the upcoming program class.

Q. What are the application requirements?
A. To apply to the program, you must have completed with a grade of “C” or higher or be enrolled in the courses listed below. However, the selection of students for the program is based on the number of required general education and natural science courses completed at the time of program selection.

  • HSC 0003 - Intro to Health Care
  • ENC 1101 – English Composition I
  • CHM 1033 – Chemistry for Health Sciences
  • CHM 1033L – Chemistry for Health Sciences Lab
  • CGS 1060 – Introduction to Microcomputer Usage

Q. What are the admissions/selection criteria?
A. Because enrollment is limited in this program, admission/selection criteria is based on the number of required general education and natural science courses completed at the time of program selection with top priority given to students that have completed all of the required general education and science courses. Additionally, GPA is included in the selection process.

Q. Can I apply if I have not completed all of the general education and natural science courses?
A. You can apply to the program before completing these courses. However, selection is based on the number of courses completed. You are encouraged to complete all of the non-program courses to increase your chances of acceptance into the program.

Q. What kind of degree will I be awarded when I graduate?
A. You will earn an Associate in Science degree in Veterinary Technology in approximately two years. This will qualify you to take the National Veterinary Technician Exam (VTNE) and upon successful completion apply for certification.

Q. What are the hours of the program?
A. The program classes are primarily offered weekdays from approximately 8:00am – 4:00pm. Some evening and weekend attendance is required.

Q. Can I work while I am a student in the program?
A. Employment is not encouraged. Students must earn at least a final grade of “C” or better in each course to continue in the program.

Q. Do you assist with job placement after graduation?
A. The Medical Campus does not provide job placement.  Through the Career Center located in the New Student Center on the Medical Campus, graduates may review employment opportunities that have been forwarded to the Career Center.

Q. Do I need to take a test to work in this profession after graduation?
A. Licensure is not required to practice as a Veterinary Technician in the State of Florida but all graduates are encouraged to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) with the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.

Q. What is the approximate annual salary for graduates of this program in this area?
A. In the South Florida area, entry-level graduates may expect to earn an annual salary of $20,500 - $32,200.00 if employed full-time. This does not include a sign-on bonus, benefits or overtime.