A-B Tech LIVE! Veterinary Medical Technology

It takes a special person to be a Veterinary Medical Technologist. It needs to be someone compassion, caring, and calming. It can be ideal for someone who enjoys being a caregiver but prefers the company of animals.

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Student Anika Eide and Pickles

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The Veterinary Medical Technology program at A-B Tech prepares individuals to assist veterinarians in preparing animals, equipment, and medications for examination and surgery; collecting specimens; performing laboratory, radiographic, anesthetic, and dental procedures; assisting in surgery; and providing proper husbandry of animals and their environment.


Students are calming a dog to prepare him for surgery

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Graduates may be eligible to take state and national examinations administered by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. Graduates may be employed in veterinary clinics; diagnostic, research, or pharmaceutical laboratories; zoos; academic institutions; or other areas associated with animal care.

A-B Tech’s Veterinary Medical Technology Program received accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Activities and Education (AVMA CVTEA) in November 2007. Graduates of accredited programs are eligible to take national and state credentialing exams for licensure.


A-B Tech students giving a cat a vaccination

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Program Competencies

Upon successful completion of the curriculum, graduates should be able to:

  1. Prepare animals for veterinary examination and procedures
  2. Safely prepare and administer medications used in veterinary medicine.
  3. Accurately collect specimens for laboratory analysis.
  4. Perform veterinary laboratory, radiographic, anesthetic, and dental procedures.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to competently assist in veterinary surgical procedures.
  6. Provide proper husbandry of animals and their environment.
  7. Demonstrate understanding of common veterinary diseases and appropriate diagnostic procedures.
  8. Demonstrate effective veterinary office practices and knowledge of regulatory issues relating to animal welfare.

This program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA),


Using a stethoscope to listen to the dog's internal organs

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