The mission of the veterinary technology program at Bergen Community College is to provide students with a professional education to become veterinary technicians. The veterinary technology program has been designed to develop personnel capable of assisting veterinarians in large animal practices, small animal practices, laboratory animal situations, and related veterinary medical activities. The curriculum provides a sound foundation in basic veterinary technology. Through coursework, skill acquisition, and meaningful clinical experiences, the graduate will be a productive employee at the entry level and will have the capabilities to perform satisfactorily in positions of increasing responsibility. The program is accredited by the American Medical Association (AVMA) and the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). Veterinary technology is not designed as a preparatory program for those students who wish to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
The Health Professions Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) in veterinary technology is designed to provide students with the coursework and training needed to enter into the field as a certified veterinary technician. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a pathway to careers in veterinary technology. Once students complete the program, they are prepared to take the veterinary technician licensure exam. Once students pass the licensure exam and requirements, they become a certified veterinary technician. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Bergen Community College faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by Bergen, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers https://bergen.emsicc.com.
Students pursuing the Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) in veterinary technology are prepared to enter into the field as a certified veterinary technician. Students are encouraged to work closely with Bergen Community College faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer https://njtransfer.org.