Students Shine on VTNE

Vet Tech students boast high pass rate

Mia Rossi,

During the winter exams, Northampton Community College (NCC) in partnership with Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) veterinary technician program students earned a pass rate of 91% on the Veterinarian Technician National Examination (VTNE). Our program has been AVMA/CVTEA accredited since 1997.


According to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, the exam tests understanding and retention of material studied during a program. A passing score is needed in order for a veterinary technician to be credentialed in their field.


With such a high number of students passing the exams, NCC graduates of the program will be more marketable and credible in the field. There is a 100% placement rate for students after graduation and the projected rate of growth for the veterinary technician profession is 30% through 2022.


Some NCC graduates continue their education at four-year institutions for pre-veterinary studies and animal science and have gone on to obtain their veterinary medical degree.


“Our interactive curriculum and required hands-on skills including our capstone senior externship experience make for an engaging learning experience. Our students have shown motivation and enthusiasm. They have enhanced their clinical education, career development and advancement of the veterinary profession while promoting competent care and humane treatment of animals,” says Lisa Martini-Johnson, professor and co-director of the veterinary technician program.