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Veterinary Science Technology

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Are you passionate about helping animals? Delhi's Veterinary Science Technology program, the first in the United States, is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and is designed to meet existing demands for technical personnel in the veterinary and biomedical fields. The program offers extensive laboratory facilities, experienced faculty and staff and hands-on education with companion, lab and farm animals. Facilities include labs, a surgical suite, kennels, research housing, and an in-house primate colony. An extensive large animal complex houses equine, bovine, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens and lab spaces for clinical procedures.


Admission Requirements

  • HS Average: 80
  • Algebra Regents: 80
  • Biology Regents: 80
  • English Regents: 80
  • Transfer GPA: 2.5
  • Clinical Experience Recommended


Career Options

  • Job placement of SUNY Delhi Vet Sci graduates is consistently 99-100% as licensed Veterinary Technicians at private veterinary practices, pharmaceutical and research institutions, zoological parks and other non-profit organizations.

  • 50-60% of our program graduates continue on to complete additional degrees.


What does a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) do?

An LVT's role is comparable to that of the registered nurse and other medical technicians in human medicine. Their professional duties may include, but are not limited to, surgical and medical nursing, laboratory testing, and radiographic procedures under the supervision of licensed veterinarians and other LVTs. Graduates may also practice in veterinary and technical colleges, zoos, public health services, government, military service, private industry, and other animal-science related fields.


What special projects are students involved with?


SUNY Delhi Veterinary Technology National Exam Results (VTNE)
Totals: July 2013-June 2016

  • 3-Year Pass Rate on the VTNE: 86%

  • Number of Eligible 1st Time Candidates: 220

  • Number of 1st Time Candidates who took the VTNE: 218

What will I study?

  • The humane care and treatment of animal patients is stressed throughout the program, as are the importance of compassion, veterinary medical ethics, effective interpersonal relations, and the psychology of dealing with patients and clients.

  • Labs provide individual attention and maximum exposure to different veterinary practice philosophies.

  • Traditional classroom sequences are supplemented with assignments in the college's animal facilities, guest lectures, computer-assisted learning projects, laboratory instruction, and field trips.

  • Two 120 hr. preceptorships are required, where students pick a clinical facility to get on-the-job training.


Why Vet Sci at Delhi?

    • First Veterinary Technology program in the United States

    • Hands-on labs with live animals every semester

    • Opportunity to Study Abroad in South Africa in Wildlife Management

    • "Guiding Eyes for the Blind" puppies are raised by Vet Sci students on campus

    • Living/Learning Environment where students live with other Vet Sci majors

    • High pass rate on the Veterinary Technology National Exam

    • Small class size: 2nd year labs average 1:3 faculty/student ratio

    • Professional, full-time faculty who are DVMs and LVTs

    • Teaching Farm with all domestic farm species (horse, cow, goat, sheep, pig, chickens)

    • Laboratory animal biomedical facility (mice, gerbils, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits and non-human primates)

    • State-of-the-art Surgical Suite and Dentistry Suite

    • Dedicated reference materials and a comfortable learning space in the Merrill Special Collections Room in the Resnick Library

    • Vet Tech Student Club

    • Vet Tech Scholarships


Alumni News

  • Jesse Navatta: Veterinary Student Cornell University and LVT for Exotic Animal Service at Cornell’s Teaching Hospital

  • Garnetta Santiago: Vice President New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Technician Strategic Lead, Hills Nutrition

  • Dan MacIntyre: LVT Capital District Veterinary Specialty Hospital

  • Sara Fabrizio: Equipment Specialist MWI Veterinary Supply

  • Kristin Trotta: LVT Pittsburgh Zoo







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Last Updated: 6/28/17