Vet Tech Schools in MA

There are several vet tech schools in MA. Four to be exact. All four schools are fully accredited (remember you must graduate from an AVMA accredited school to be eligible for one of the national exams.

Highlighted Vet Tech Schools

The Holyoke Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree for potential vet tech students. The vet tech program requires the completion of 69 hours of class credit, as well as 375 externship hours in a satisfactory veterinary clinic. The Hoyloke program has a maximum capacity of 80 students and graduated 21 students in the 2010-2011 school year. The Holyoke vet tech program employes 4 veterinarians and 4 veterinary technicians to oversee the students completion of the program. The average tuition cost per credit hour is $137.

Mount Ida College is unique in MA due to the fact that the college offers both an associate and bachelor degree in veterinary technology that are accredited by the AVMA. To complete the 2 year associate degree you must finish 94 credit hours. The 4 year bachelor degree requires completing 122 credit hours. The bachelor degree is also more demanding by requiring 865 externship hours vs 300 for the associate degree.

So why go for the bachelor degree over the associate degree? Generally the bachelor degree is considered more prestigious and could lead to better paying jobs in a research field or with a private sector company.

Students of the Mount Ida College vet tech programs also have the ability to complete externships at such well known sites as the New England Wildlife Center and the London Zoo.

The 2010-2011 school year saw 45 individuals graduate from the vet technology program. The maximum capacity for the program is 300 students. The average cost per credit hour is $758.
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School Information

Becker College
Veterinary Technology Program
964 Main Street
Leicester, MA 01524
(James Q. Knight, DVM Director)
Associate in Science
Bachelor of Science
Initial Accreditation-November, 1978

Holyoke Community College
Veterinary Technician Program
303 Homestead Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040-1099
(Walter Jaworski, DVM Coordinator)
Associate in Science
Initial Accreditation-April, 1989

Mount Ida College
Veterinary Technology Program
777 Dedham St.
Newton, MA 02459
(Tracy Blais, CVT Director)
Associate in Arts
Bachelor of Animal Science
Initial Accreditation-November, 1985

North Shore Community College
Veterinary Technology Program
1 Ferncroft Road
Danvers, MA 01923
(Karen Komisar, DVM Director)
Associate of Applied Science
Initial Accreditation-March 28, 2007

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