Veterinary Technology at LIU Post is one of only a few programs in the country to offer the entry-level baccalaureate degree in the profession. A veterinary technologist’s role is to provide excellent patient care, working with the veterinarian and other veterinary professionals to ensure good outcomes for our patients and our clients. A veterinary technologist will assist the doctor in the examination room, take and process radiographs and other imaging tests, collect samples and perform laboratory tests, administer medication, and counsel clients in areas like nutrition and behavioral issues. An interest in the natural sciences, good skills in mathematical computation, strong intellectual curiosity, and a desire to help others are the foundations of a veterinary technologist.
Veterinary technologists work in small animal practice, large animal practice, industry, research, the military, and government (US Department of Agriculture). As in veterinary medicine, they can achieve specialty credentials in over a dozen specific areas of practice, from nutrition to emergency care. Technologists can leverage their B.S. degree into supervisory and administrative positions, and command higher salaries. The US Department of Labor Statistics predicts a 20% increase in job opportunities for veterinary technologists by 2026, which translates to over 20,000 jobs nationwide.
We offer a specific plan of study for those interested in applying to veterinary medical school after undergraduate work. The amount of hands-on experience and veterinary science coursework available are invaluable for post-graduate education. We also offer a minor concentration in Equine Studies for those with an interest in equine management and health.
The B.S. in Veterinary Technology is officially registered with the New York State Education Department. The program has applied for AVMA accreditation; please note that application for accreditation does not guarantee accreditation, and applying for accreditation does not grant any temporary status of accreditation. As a new program, our site visit can be no earlier than halfway through our program. Passing the national veterinary technician licensing examination and graduating from an accredited veterinary technology program are required for New York State licensure.
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