NCC's veterinary technician program is a joint collaboration with Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) and is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. In addition to completing science courses and labs at NCC's Bethlehem Campus, students take part in on-site clinical training at LCCC's veterinary technician barn, where hands-on experience includes working with animals both large and small, and both domestic and exotic. Students develop the latest techniques and skills while working with industry professionals to properly diagnose and treat animals that need a general checkup, are suffering from any variety of ailments, or may need a surgical procedure.
Veterinary Technician Careers
Graduates of the program can expect to find jobs as Veterinary Technicians, in biologic research labs, as Lab Animal Technicians, in small and large animal practices, in exotics and specialty practices, at zoos, with wildlife rehabilitation centers, and with pharmaceutical companies, teaching institutes, diagnostic labs, aquariums, animal shelters, and animal feed companies.
Veterinary Technicians perform many of the same tasks for veterinarians that nurses and other professionals perform for physicians. These tasks include general animal care, surgical assistance, laboratory tests, x-rays, anesthesia, and critical care.
Veterinary Technician Career Paths
- Veterinary Technician
- Biologic Research Labs
- Lab Animal Technician
- Small Animal Practice
- Large Animal Practice
- Exotics and Specialty Practices
- Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers
- Pharmaceutical Companies
- Teaching Institutes
- Diagnostic Labs
- Animal Shelters
- Animal Feed Companies
Degrees We Offer
- Associate in Applied Science | 2 years
- This entire program can be completed at our Bethlehem Campus
If you are a Northampton Community College student living outside of Pennsylvania or intending to complete an internship or clinical placement outside of the state in a NCC program leading to professional licensure, you should review requirements on the state board website to make sure that the program qualifies.
Licensure requirements vary from state to state and you may require additional authorization from the professional licensing agency in that state. Participating in a program from outside of Pennsylvania, if not properly authorized by that state's professional licensing board, could result in loss of licensing eligibility. If you need help or have questions, please contact the Program Director for more information.Program Details view official course information in our 19-20 college catalog Program Map View Vet Technician Suggested Semester Map (PDF) Program Map View Vet Technician SEM Suggested Semester Map (PDF)