Fulfill your dream of nursing animals back to health with a degree in Veterinary Technology at NSCC

Veterinary technicians are animal nurses who nurture the health and well-being of animals through specialized training in animal behavior and care, surgical assisting, laboratory testing and nursing procedures. NSCC’s two-year Veterinary Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree Program trains you to work in a clinical veterinary setting with an emphasis on the health and care of dogs and cats. Graduates of the program are employed in veterinary clinics and hospitals, as well as being qualified for positions in research facilities. Program coursework prepares you to successfully complete the National Veterinary Technician Certification Exam. NSCC abides by standards put forth by the College’s Institution Animal Care and Use Committee.


As a student in NSCC’s Veterinary Technology degree program, you will learn to:

  • Perform patient assessment techniques
  • Understand pharmacologic aspects of medications
  • Provide nursing care of a variety of animal species, including husbandry, nutrition, preventative care, animal behavior, and public health.
  • Demonstrate professionalism through personal conduct and autonomy consistent with the standards of the Veterinary Profession


Months estimated degree completion time. Complete faster with winter intersession and summer classes


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For more information, please contact the Pathway Advisor for this program.

For more information, please contact: vettech@northshore.edu

Phone: 978-762-4048

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Consistent with the standards published by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Program faculty balance theory, practical application and self-assessment in the teaching of the clinical and administrative competencies. Veterinary Technology knowledge and technical skills are acquired through a wide range of learning activities. Additionally, critical thinking and problem solving are advanced through the learning experience. The Program has as its primary goal the development of entry-level veterinary technicians prepared to render competent care (in an ethical manner) to their patients.

The Veterinary Technology Program at North Shore Community College is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association as a program for educating veterinary technicians.

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