Veterinary Technology

The mission of Florida A&M’s Veterinary Technology Program is to train students and inform community-based clientele and extension personnel in the application of sound science-based herd health programs designed to improve health, efficiency and management of food producing animals. 

 

Animal Science Program (Veterinary Technology Track) 

The Animal Science Program (Veterinary Technology Track) is an intensive four year degree program which trains students to provide medical and non-medical support to veterinarians. During the first two years, students will concentrate on the core Animal S

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MORE ABOUT VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY

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Veterinary technologist, sometimes called veterinary technicians, work as part of a healthcare team. They are supervised by veterinarians, who diagnose disease and injury, prescribe treatments, and perform surgery on animals. The technologist’s job is to offer skilled, medical assistance to the veterinarian. Veterinary technicians who have earned a bachelor’s degree are given the title of veterinary technologist. They might perform more advanced tests and procedures and are often well placed for jobs in hospital management, scientific research, or work in a complex veterinary specialty, such as herd health or critical care.  Most states require veterinary technologists to be licensed before they can work. Requirements vary for licensure; some states usually require technicians to pass the National Veterinary Technician Exam.

FAMU Veterinary Technology Partners with Gadsden County Animal Shelter (video)

http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/80949027.html

Veterinary Technology Named Top Recession-Proof Career (video)
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4817004n
-courtesy of CBS Evening News

Veterinarian - US News and World Report

http://www.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2009/12/28/veterinarian.html

Watch a Food Supply Veterinarian at Work
http://www.avmatv.org/media.cfm?c=201&m=1005&s=67&

Learn Where There Are Critical Shortages in Food Supply Veterinary Medicine and How YOU Can Fill Them

http://www.avma.org/fsvm/default.asp- courtesy of the American Veterinary Medical Association

AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
www.avma.org/


NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF VETERINARY TECHNICIANS IN AMERICA
www.navta.net


FLORIDA VETERINARY TECHNICIAN ASSOCIATION
www.fvta.net/floridaveterinarytechnicianassociation/


UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE- ANIMAL AND PLANT INSPECTION SERVICE
www.aphis.usda.gov/


THE UNITED STATES ARMY VETERINARY CORP
www.goarmy.com/amedd/vet/index.jsp
www.goarmy.com/JobDetail.do

FLORIDA A&M VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY BRINGS HEALTHCARE
TO GADSDEN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER


Watch Us on WCTV-CBS Tallahassee

Read The Story in the Tallahassee Democrat

 

CBS EVENING NEWS  NAMES VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY A "TOP RECESSION-PROOF CAREER"
watch here


EBONY MAGAZINE
  August 2009
FLORIDA A&M VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY A PROGRAM "WORTH NOTING"
read here


DIVERSE ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION  August 20, 2009
FAMU helps "address a critical national shortage of minorities in the field of veterinary medicine and related disciplines.” 
read here

Veterinary technologists are often called animal nurses because they care for animal patients the way nurses care for humans. But veterinary technologists’ responsibilities extend beyond nursing, combining duties of many human healthcare jobs. In addition to providing general nursing, technicians help to administer and monitor anesthesia just as surgical nurses do, take x-rays and sonograms like radiological technicians, clean teeth like dental technicians, provide rehabilitation like physical therapy aides, monitor surgical equipment like surgical technicians, and conduct laboratory tests like clinical laboratory technicians. Many people are attracted to veterinary technology because they love animals—and that’s a good foundation for a veterinary career. But veterinary technologists also need solid scientific skills. As veterinary medicine becomes more advanced, the duties of technicians are becoming more complex and varied.

In many cases, a veterinary technologist’s first step in caring for an animal is to give a general exam by looking for external parasites, anatomical problems, or other medical issues that should be brought to the veterinarian’s attention. Technologists need to know what’s considered normal for a wide variety of species and breeds. They talk to the animal’s owner, asking specific questions to uncover symptoms. In addition, veterinary technologists provide direct care, administering prescribed medicines or vaccinations orally or by injection.

Technologists take animals’ temperature, blood pressure, respiration, EKG readings, and other vital statistics. They collect samples by drawing blood, scraping skin, or collecting bodily fluids and waste. Bodily fluids are examined through a microscope, for example, to identify bacteria, toxins, parasites, or nutrient deficiencies. And tissue cells are cultured and checked for signs of cancer or other abnormalities. Analyzing test samples is a little like detective work, with technologists looking for clues about what’s wrong with an animal. Veterinarians rely on the results to make the right diagnosis.

A veterinary technologists’ work extends to people as well as to animals. Technologists often spend more time with people and their animals than veterinarians do. They write after-care instructions for animal owners, calm owners’ fears, and answer questions. Many supervise other animal-care workers and entry-level technicians and assistants. Technologists who work at veterinary teaching hospitals show veterinary students how to insert catheters, give injections, and perform other procedures.

Employment of veterinary technologists is expected to grow 41 percent over the 2006-16 projection period, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Pet owners are becoming more affluent and more willing to pay for advanced veterinary care because many of them consider their pet to be part of the family. This growing affluence and view of pets will continue to increase the demand for veterinary care. The vast majority of veterinary technicians work at private clinical practice under Veterinarians. As the number of Veterinarians grows to meet the demand for veterinary care, so will the number of veterinary technicians needed to assist them.

Biomedical facilities, diagnostic laboratories, wildlife facilities, humane societies, animal control facilities, drug or food manufacturing companies, and food safety inspection facilities will provide additional jobs for veterinary technologists and technicians. However, keen competition is expected for veterinary technologist and technician jobs in zoos and aquariums

 

April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2021

Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE

9

3 year VTNE pass percentage

 

80%

Contact Veterinary Technology

  • 1740 South Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
  • Perry-Paige Building, Room 215
  • Tallahassee, FL 32307

(850)412-5256