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Veterinary Technician

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Your love of animals can become your career!

YTI's Veterinary Technician program graduates will be proficient in animal anatomy and physiology, nutrition, breeding, husbandry, sanitation, behavior, handling, nursing, euthanasia, and necropsy for various animal species. These skills will prepare you for employment as a veterinary technician in veterinary practices, universities, research facilities, pharmaceutical companies, zoos, or other areas where the skills of a vet technician are needed.

In addition to your classroom and lab training on campus, portions of the Veterinary Technician program will be taught at Leg Up Farm and White Oak Farm. At these locations, you will learn and practice skills with large animals including horses and cows.

At YTI Career Institute, training starts with employment as the goal. The YTI experience combines qualified instruction with the medical facilities, equipment and instruments you'd find on your first day of work. In addition, your externship will prepare you with the working knowledge and skills you'll need as an important part of a veterinary team.

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Program Details

  • Program offered at YTI-York
  • Program length: 21 months
  • Credits: 101
  • Graduates earn an Associate in Specialized Technology degree

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Veterinary Technician Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Veterinary Technician program at YTI Career Institute - York is to prepare entry-level veterinary technicians using didactic and experiential hands-on training. The program focuses on integrity, teamwork, professionalism, critical thinking and core competency completion, which prepares graduates for a successful career in the veterinary industry.

Accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association - Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA-CVTEA)

As required by the AVMA-CVTEA, YTI Career Institute York's three-year pass rate on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) is as follows:

From July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018
Number of eligible first-time candidates: 217
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE: 223*
Three-year VTNE pass percentage: 44.4%

*The data includes graduates from the previous year


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“ I love what I do dealing with people and helping them in a big way. I would have never had my career if it wasn’t for YTI. ”
~ Evelyn, YTI Graduate