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Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Technology at Kent State Tuscarawas

The Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology (VTEC) program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and approved by the Ohio Board of Regents. The program, which began Fall 2006, is structured to allow admission once a year with a maximum of 48 students admitted each fall at the TUSCARAWAS Campus, and now, up to 24 students at the TRUMBULL Campus.

Graduates of Kent State University's Veterinary Technology program are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). Students must successfully pass the VTNE to be eligible for licensure in the state of Ohio.  Graduates must also pass a criminal background check. Graduates register with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board (OVMLB) to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in the state of Ohio. In Ohio, licensure from the OVMLB is required to legally practice as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Applicants should contact the OVMLB at for information regarding licensure in the state of Ohio.

To prepare Veterinary Technicians, our curriculum provides combined studies of college level general education courses and rigorous course work in science, animal health, management and veterinary medical concepts. Kent State University at Tuscarawas looks for highly motivated students interested in becoming Veterinary Technicians. The program also looks for individuals with animal experience, who will enjoy working with animals and who have an understanding of the field of veterinary technology and medicine.

This degree is offered in its entirety at the Tuscarawas Campus and now at the Trumbull Campus.

 Upon application to the VTEC program, students will indicate their campus preference.

Students interested in veterinary technology or becoming a Veterinary Technician should review the Information Packet and Program Application found on the Quick Links as well as the Program Requirements.

New students applying for admission to Kent State for the first time will choose the Pre-Veterinary Technology (PVTE) major on their KSU application.

Prospective applicants to the program are required to attend a VTEC information session where they will receive instructions for the separate admission application for the Veterinary Technology Program. Detailed admission criteria, plans of study, and career opportunities are also discussed. The application deadline is March 15 each year.

A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 is required for all applicants in order to apply to the program. Applications will not be considered for students not meeting the minimum GPA requirement.


VTEC information session schedule – 2014:


January 31          Friday                    10:00 AM             Room # ST210
February 14        Friday                    10:00 AM             Room # ST210
February 28        Friday                    10:00 AM             Room # ST210

February 13        Thursday             2:00 PM                Room # RTM233
February 27        Thursday             2:00 PM                Room # RTM233


A minimum of 40 hours of field experience is optional for all applicants applying to the program. Field experience hours are optional but HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Field experience is defined as volunteering, observing, or shadowing at a veterinary practice preferably one in which a registered veterinary technician is employed.An applicant can gain points for their program admission packets if they have 40 or more field experience hours. A Field Experience Form can be found and downloaded from the Quick Links section.