Veterinary Technology Major

UMass Amherst
Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology

Information Sessions and Facilities Tours for the Vet Tech major will be offered at 2:30pm on October 14, November 18 and December 9. Reservations are required as seating is limited, please contact us at vasci [at] umass [dot] edu to register to participate.


The Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department at UMass Amherst now offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology.

The BS-Vet Tech program is fully accredited with the AVMA and begins with two years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus learning in state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and farms, followed by two years near Boston in the dedicated Veterinary Technology facility at the UMass Amherst-Mt. Ida campus in Newton, Massachusetts.

Students graduating from UMass Amherst’s BS-Vet Tech program will be prepared for a career as a veterinary technologist in veterinary medicine or biomedical research.

To learn more, read the BS-Vet Tech Major Frequently Asked Questions.

To Apply

Application to UMass Amherst is through the Common App for non-binding Early Action and Regular Decision deadlines.

Veterinary Technology and Animal Science are open majors, which means that students accepted by UMass Amherst can choose to enter these majors. Entry to the Pre-Veterinary Science major requires a minimum 2.700 weighted GPA in ten UMass Amherst courses or their equivalents.  

Veterinary Technology Major Handbook

   Veterinary Technology Major

Freshman year - Fall Semester at UMass Amherst Campus  
     ANIMLSCI 105 and 105L  Introduction to Veterinary Technology
                                                  Lecture and Lab
     BIOLOGY 151  Introduction to Biology I    4
     MATH 104  Pre-Calculus    3
     General Education Class/DU or DG    4
     First Year Freshmen Seminar or RAP    1
     Credits  16
Freshman year - Spring Semester at UMass Amherst Campus  
     ANIMLSCI 115 and 115L  Large Animal Clinical Nursing Lecture and Lab   4
     BIOLOGY 152/153  Introduction to Biology II with lab   5
     CHEM 111   General Chemistry I with lab   4
     ENGLWRIT 112  English Writing   3
     Credits  16
Sophomore Year - Fall Semester at UMass Amherst Campus  
     ANIMLSCI 220  Anatomy & Physiology with lab    4
     ANIMLSCI 260  Animal Welfare with discussion - Gen Ed SI    4
     CHEM 112   General Chemistry II with lab    4
     STATISTC 240 or STATISTC 111 - or RES-ECON 212    4
     Credits   16
Sophomore Year - Spring Semester at UMass Amherst Campus  
     ANIMLSCI 285 Cellular & Molecular Biology    3
     ANIMLSCI 355 Veterinary Clinical Lab Techniques    3
     ANIMLSCI 375 Veterinary Microbiology discussi    3
     General Education Class    4
     ANIMLSCI 366 Veterinary Microbiology Lab    2
     Credits  14
Junior Year - Fall Semester at UMass Mt. Ida Campus, Newton  
     ANIMLSCI 415 and 415L Clinical Nursing Lecture and Lab   4
     ANIMLSCI 435  Veterinary Pharmacology   3
     ANIMLSCI 355 Veterinary Clinical Lab Techniques   3
     General Education Class   4
     Credits  14
Junior Year - Spring Semester at UMass Mt. Ida Campus, Newton  
     ANIMLSCI 465 and 465L Diagnostic Imaging Lecture and Lab   4
     ANIMLSCI 485 and 485L Small Animal Anesthesia and Surgery
                                                     Lecture and Lab
     ANIMLSCI 425 and 425L Parasitology Lecture and Lab   4
     NATSCI 387 CNS Junior Writing   3
      Credits 15
Senior Year - Fall Semester at UMass Mt. Ida Campus, Newton  
     ANIMLSCI 494V  Gen Ed - Integrative Experience -
                       Critical Thinking and Problem Solving in Veterinary Medicine
    ANIMLSCI 405 Veterinary Management   3
    ANIMLSCI 455V and 455VL Laboratory Animal Medicine and Management I
                                                       Lecture and Lab
    ANIMLSCI 333 Equine, Cattle and Companion Animal Nutrition   3
    ANIMLSCI Elective - ANIMLSCI 397N Exotics or ANIMLSCI 497V Clinical Behavior   3
    Credits 12-15
Senior Year - Spring Semester at UMass Mt. Ida Campus, Newton  
     ANIMLSCI 492V Senior Seminar   1
     ANIMLSCI 498V Internship at Veterinary Clinic or Research Animal Facility  12
     ANIMLSCI 456V Lab Animal Medicine or ANIMLSCI 397N Exotics   2-3
     Credits 13-16

For more information, please contact:      
Dr. Amy Rubin, DVM
Veterinary Technology Program Director
Department of Veterinary & Animal Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
427ZB Integrated Sciences Building
661 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003
ajrubin [at] umass [dot] edu

Summer Pre-College Program - Veterinary Technology : University Without Walls

The Veterinary Technology Summer Pre-College program invites rising high school junior and senior students to work with faculty from the UMass Veterinary Technology Program to discover various aspects of the Veterinary profession and the role of the veterinary technician within the larger context of veterinary medicine and animal care.

Veterinary Technician National Exam Passing Rate

American Veterinary Medical Association VTNE Scores Reporting
On this page, in accordance with guidelines from the AVMA, we report the passing rate for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) among graduates of the Veterinary Technology Program at the former Mount Ida College. In the following table, the number of eligible firsttime candidates is based on the number of graduates for the Mount Ida College Veterinary Technology Program for the period indicated.
July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022
Three-year VTNE pass percentage: 68.75%*
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE: 44
*Unlike most states, certification of veterinary technicians in Massachusetts is voluntary. As a
result, although we strongly recommend that our graduates take the VTNE, some do not.

American Veterinary Medical Association VTNE Scores Reporting

Additional Information on Current Program

Required attire for all Veterinary Technology lab courses includes grey colored scrub top with the UMass Amherst Veterinary Technology logo embroidered on the left pocket and your name embroidered on the right pocket. Your scrub pants must be wine/maroon colored. You can order from the website or purchase elsewhere.  Order your scrubs and coveralls with the UMass Amherst Vet Tech logo:

For ANIMLSCI 115 Coveralls are required in all labs. You can either purchase coveralls with your name and the Vet Tech logo embroidered or if you already own a pair of coveralls, you can purchase a name tag through printing services. You must have an official UMass name tag on your lab attire if you do not have an embroidered name on your scrubs/coveralls. Fill out the form, choose pin back, Department: VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY Name:  YOUR NAME   Title: VET TECH STUDENT

The UMass Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA) has created a pop-up store to allow the purchase of UMass Vet Tech apparel. Click here to access the order form.

Veterinary Technology Major Handbook