Discover your strengths in one of New England’s leading vet tech degree programs.

Mount Ida’s Veterinary Technology Bachelor’s Degree Program has a strong reputation that few U.S. vet tech colleges can match.

Long recognized as one of the nation’s best veterinary technology programs, we offer outstanding preparation for vet tech careers. You’ll learn from first-rate faculty in a professional environment, working in state-of-the-art veterinary technology facilities. And our Veterinary Technology Bachelor’s Degree provides far more hands-on experience in real veterinary technology workplaces than most other vet tech programs.

Mount Ida College also has an outstanding three-year veterinary technology program at the associate’s degree level. Find out why our three-year veterinary technician program stands out from the pack.

Mount Ida College is an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) –accredited school. As an accredited AVMA program, we are required to share the following information with you:

• the three-year pass rate on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) based on a July 1 to June 30 reporting year (last three complete years);
• the number of eligible first-time candidates; and
• the number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE, for the corresponding time frame as the reported VTNE pass rate.
The number of eligible first-time candidates are based on graduate numbers for our program for the dates July 1-June 30 for the years 2011-2014:

Number of eligible first-time candidates (graduates)555135
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE372826

Please note, based on the numbers above, 65% of our eligible graduates have taken the VTNE. Of the number of graduates who have taken the VTNE, 74% of those students have passed, above the national average for first-time candidates. Unlike most states, certification of veterinary technicians in Massachusetts is voluntary. As a result, although we strongly recommend that our graduates take the VTNE, many do not. As reported above, just over half of our graduates actually take the exam. Even though it is not necessary to become certified in Massachusetts, the students who chose to take the VTNE continue to score above the national average for all first-time candidates.

Our vet tech program stands out for its emphasis on practical, career-oriented learning. You’ll do six professional internships, getting first-hand experience with fundamental veterinary technology skills such as testing, diagnosis, treatment and research. The internships cover a wide range of vet tech settings, including:

  • Aquariums
  • Biotechnology companies
  • Veterinary hospitals
  • Vet schools
  • Research laboratories
  • Specialty practices
  • Wildlife preserves
  • Zoos

Few other vet tech bachelor’s degree programs have internship programs as robust as Mount Ida’s. And our regular veterinary technology courses include plenty of hands-on instruction, with focus on the development of career-building skills.

With small vet tech classes, Mount Ida ensures that you get all the academic support you need. Faculty will be with you every step of the way, providing one-on-one guidance and personalized feedback as you work toward your veterinary technology bachelor’s degree.
You’ll take general chemistry and biology courses, as well as specialized veterinary technology courses covering subjects such as:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Clinical procedures
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Research methods

The Veterinary Technology Bachelor’s Degree requires 122 to 124 credits, broken down as follows:

  • 79 credits in veterinary technology core courses
  • 43-45 credits in arts, sciences and humanities

The Veterinary Technology Bachelor’s Degree requires 122 to 124 credits, broken down as follows:

  • 79 credits in veterinary technology core courses
  • 43-45 credits in arts, sciences and humanities

For complete course listings please refer to our catalog. To learn more about our faculty, please visit the faculty and staff directory.


As one of New England’s most highly respected veterinary technology programs, Mount Ida has an excellent track record of vet tech job placement and career outcomes. Our Veterinary Technology Bachelor’s Degree can help you secure jobs in vet tech specialties such as:

  • Anesthesia & surgery
  • Emergency & critical care
  • Animal behavior
  • Zoological medicine
  • Exotics
  • Wildlife
  • Biotechnology
  • Clinical pathology
  • Equine and farm practice
  • Nutrition
  • Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Ophthalmology

Potential employers include animal hospitals, large-animal veterinary practices, biotechnology companies, diagnostic laboratories, zoos, aquaria and specialty practices.