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Veterinary technicians are registered, certified or licensed members of the veterinary health care team. They play an integral role in many areas of veterinary clinical practice, including medical, surgical, laboratory, and office procedures. All tasks are performed under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Compassion for animals is essential, because the main focus of individuals employed as veterinary technicians is the treatment and nursing of healthy and sick animals.

The American Veterinary Medical Association accredits Columbus State’s Veterinary Technology program. The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology provides students with both classroom and clinical experiences. Students have the opportunity to intern at The Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Students also will spend a portion of their clinical experience in various veterinary settings, including research centers, private clinical practices, veterinary emergency hospitals, veterinary diagnostic laboratories, and zoos. Columbus State Community College emphasizes safety and disease prevention because students and employees in health care professions may be exposed to infectious materials, communicable, and zoonotic diseases.

Columbus State Community College also offers an evening Veterinary Technology program designed for the working student. The evening program can be completed in 11 semesters with classes starting no earlier than 5:00 p.m. When evening students are enrolled in the Clinical Experience A-D courses, daytime availability will be required in order to provide quality education and training in the veterinary health care field.

For students interested in equine health, a joint program has been developed between Columbus State’s Veterinary Technology and Otterbein College’s Department of Equine Science. Successful completion of these two programs will result in an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology from Columbus State Community College, and the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Equine Health Technology from Otterbein College. For more information, contact Dr. Maria Calderone,

For students interested in animal science, a joint program has been created between Columbus State’s Veterinary Technology and The Ohio State University’s Department of Animal Science. Successful completion of these two programs will result in an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology from Columbus State Community College, and the Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from The Ohio State University. For more information, please contact Mariette C. Benage, Special advising with the program coordinator is necessary for students who wish to participate in these joint programs.

NOTE: Periodically there may be changes to the Veterinary Technology program admission requirements and curriculum. Any admission criteria or curriculum changes will be updated at the Veterinary Technology Mandatory Information Sessions.

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology, and under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, the graduate will be able to:

  • Perform patient assessment techniques, obtain thorough patient history, and maintain medical records for patient animals in a veterinary health care setting.
  • Effectively communicate preventative medicine, treatment protocols, dental health, and medical and surgical procedures to veterinary clients.
  • Prepare and dispense medications according to a prescription, perform drug dosage calculations, and maintain controlled drug records.
  • Administer and understand the effects of treatments and/or medications delivered either orally or parenterally.
  • Apply and manage wound dressings, bandages, and splints.
  • Properly collect, prepare and handle diagnostic specimens for laboratory analysis.
  • Perform clinical laboratory procedures, including complete blood counts, serum chemistries, microbiology, immunologic testing, urinalysis, and cytology.
  • Identify internal, external, and blood parasites of domestic animal species.
  • Safely handle and perform routine procedures on common laboratory animals used in research settings.
  • Prepare equipment, instruments, animals, and medications for surgical, diagnostic, and anesthetic procedures.
  • Administer and effectively monitor anesthesia, including anesthetic induction, maintenance, and recovery by inhalation and/or parenteral routes.
  • Assist in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures, including post-operative management, pain control, and skin closure.
  • Perform complete routine dental prophylaxis.
  • Administer and monitor basic and/or intensive nursing care, including fluid therapy and nutritional management.
  • Perform diagnostic imaging procedures using appropriate safety measures.
  • Comprehend the approach to providing safe and effective care for avian, exotic and small mammal species.

Graduates register with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board (OVMLB) to become Registered Veterinary Technicians in the state of Ohio.  Graduates are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) that is recognized in more than 40 states to certify veterinary technicians.  Students must successfully pass the VTNE to be eligible for licensure in the state of Ohio.  In Ohio, licensure from the OVMLB is needed for employment as a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Specific Program Admissions Information

Prospective students are required to attend an information session where they will receive the separate admission application for the Veterinary Technology program. Detailed admission criteria, plans of study, and career opportunities are also discussed. These sessions, held periodically throughout the year, are very helpful in answering the prospective students’ questions. General information packets and information session dates and times may be obtained by contacting the office associate at (614) 287-5511 or by sending an email request to:

The yearly deadline for application and completion of admission requirements is Jan 23 for admission beginning the following Autumn semester  (evening plan of study) or the following Autumn semester(day plans of study), based on space availability. Students must meet all admission requirements before being considered for admission into the Veterinary Technology degree.

Listed below are additional requirements for admission to the Veterinary Technology degree:

  • High school graduate or GED equivalency.
  • Required high school (or equivalent) courses in Biology (grade of “C” or better within the past five years) or BIO  0100 or 1100 (grade of “C” or better) and Chemistry (grade of “C” or better within the past three years) or CHEM 0100 (grade of “C” or better).
  • Placement into ENGL 1100 Composition I.
  • Placement into “No Reading Required” (students with college transfer credit for ENGL1100 are not required to take the placement test).
  • Completion of MATH 1020 Beginning Algebra I with grade of “C” or better.
  • Attendance at a Veterinary Technology Mandatory Information Session. Applicants will receive a separate admission application for the Veterinary Technology program at these sessions. Applicants will not be considered for admission until they have attended an information session.
  • Computer literacy (high school, work-related or completion of CSCI 1101).
  • Grade point average of 2.5 or better (most recently completed coursework).

Upon acceptance into the Veterinary Technology degree, the student will be required to complete the following Health Related Technology Requirements:

  • Complete a Health Statement declaring all allergies, medications, and physical limitations or restrictions
  • Tuberculin Testing (Mantoux) within the past year
  • Tetanus Booster (Td) within the past eight years
  • The student must obtain health insurance coverage and keep the coverage on a continual basis while attending CSCC as a Veterinary Technology student.
  • Rabies vaccination or signed waiver
  • Drug test
  • Background check.

Acceptance is conditional on the submission and clearance of student background history by Columbus State Community College’s Public Safety Department and drug screening clearance by the Columbus State Community College’s Health Records Office. You can obtain additional information at the program information sessions or by contacting Kelly Fannin at (614) 287-5511.

Veterinary Technology Associate Degree

Semester 1 . .
BIO 1121 Anatomy & Physiology I  4
BIO 1122 Anatomy & Physiology II  4
MATH 1030 Beginning Algebra II  3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
VET 1103 Introduction to Small Animal Medicine  2
VET 1105 Veterinary Parasitology  2
Semester 2 . .
HIMT 1121 Advanced Medical Terminology  2
BMGT 1102 Interpersonal Skills  2
VET 1324 Principles of Veterinary Radiography  1
VET 1331 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology  2
VET 1426 Principles of Veterinary Anesthesia  3
VET 1335 Clinical Pathology I  4
VET 1338 Veterinary Surgical Techniques  2
Summer Semester . .
PHIL 1130 Ethics  3
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
CHEM 1113 Elem Organic & Biochemistry  4
VET 1501 Veterinary Nutrition  2
VET 1502 Laboratory & Exotic Animal Medicine  1
VET 1533 Clinical Applications I  2
VET 1536 Small Animal Health & Disease  2
Semester 3 . .
VET 2563 Clinical Applications II  2
VET 2599 Clinical Applications III  2
VET 2535 Clinical Pathology II  4
VET 2562 Veterinary Pharmacology  2
VET 2566 Large Animal Health & Disease  2
Semester 4 . .
HUM XXXX Refer to approved list  3
SBS XXXX Refer to approved list  3
VET 2800 VET Seminar I  1
VET 2900 VET Practicum I  2
VET 2850 VET Seminar II  1
VET 2950 VET Practicum II  2


HART 1201 History of Art I  3
HART 1202 History of Art II  3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648  3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648  3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877  3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877  3
HIST 1181 World Civ I:  Non-Western/Non-Amer/1500  3
HIST 1182 World Civ II: Non-Western/Non-Amer/Since 1500  3
HIST 2223 African American History I:  1451-1876  3
HIST 2224 African American History II:  1877-Present  3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities  3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions  3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History  3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy  3
PHIL 1130 Ethics  3


ANTH 2202 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology  3
GEOG 2240 Economic and Social Geography  3
POLS 1100 American Government  3
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology  3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3
ECON2200 Principles of Microeconomics 3