Veterinary Technology Major

UMass Amherst
Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology

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

The BS-Vet Tech program 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 Majorphoto of students working in veterinary clinical setting

Freshman Year -
     UMass Amherst Campus
Sophomore Year -
    UMass Amherst Campus
        Junior Year -
             UMass Amherst - Mt. Ida Campus, Newton
        Senior Year -
             UMass Amherst - Mt. Ida Campus, Newton

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

Veterinary Technician National Exam Passing Rate

On this page, in accordance with guidelines from the AVMA, we report the three-year pass rate for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) among graduates of the Veterinary Technology Program at the former Mount Ida College.

PDF download: 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