Veterinary Technology Program

Interested in a rewarding career in the animal care field? Consider becoming certified in veterinary technology.

In Private Practice: A veterinary technician employed in a veterinary clinic or hospital handles many of the same responsibilities that nurses and other professionals perform for physicians (from the AVMA website). They are trained to:

  • Obtain and record patient case histories
  • Collect specimens and perform laboratory procedures
  • Provide specialized nursing care
  • Prepare animals, instruments, and equipment for surgery
  • Assist in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures
  • Expose and develop radiographs
  • Advise and educate animal owners
  • Supervise and train practice personnel
  • Perform dental prophylaxes

You can find more information about a Veterinary Technology Career through the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The services of a certified veterinary technologist are in high demand in North Central Florida where the need for veterinary services has outgrown the number of veterinarians. Vet techs care for all domesticated animals, from pets to livestock. In Gainesville, The Bureau of Labor Statistics ( projects the average annual salary for a vet tech in 2009 at $24,490.

Santa Fe College is now offering the opportunity to enter a joint program in Veterinary Technology with St. Petersburg College. Santa Fe students will apply to St Pete's Vet Tech degree program and take online courses, after completing the prerequisite and general education courses locally at Santa Fe. Students beginning their St. Pete coursework must work with a veterinarian in order to complete the required laboratory and clinical exercises. Neither College is responsible for your placement with a veterinarian or for supervising your work with the veterinarian.

Please consult St. Pete's Vet Tech website for the most current information about this requirement.

Is this program for you? - Who should apply and the application process

  • Have you just completed high school or do you have less than 22 credits of college-level general education classes? This program is for you! Click here to apply to SFC. You should register as an AA (Associate of Arts student) using program code 1011.
  • Have you already completed an A.A., A.S. or Bachelor's degree, or completed 22 hours of General Education coursework matching the program of study below? If so, you should apply directly to the St. Pete online program without applying to SFC. Click here to apply to SPC.

Program of study

This program is designed for you to complete your general education courses, such as English, science, and math, at Santa Fe College. The suggested courses are as follows:

ENC 1101 Composition 3 hrs
SPC 2600 Public Speaking 3 hrs
Mathematics College level MAC/MGF/STA 3 hrs
Humanities HUM/ARH/MUH/MUL/PHI/REL 3 hrs
Social & Behavioral Sciences AMH/ANT/EUH/GEA/INR/POS/PSY/SYG/WHO 3 hrs
PHI 2600 Ethics 3 hrs
Biology BSC 2010 & 2010L or BSC 2005 & 2005L 4 hrs
Santa Fe College Total: 22 hrs

You will take your veterinary science courses online through the St. Petersburg College online program. Click here for information regarding the St. Petersburg Vet Tech Program. Click here to learn more about their Distance Education Program.


The graduate of the Veterinary Technology Program is qualified to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and the Florida Practical Examination (FPE). Upon successful completion of both examinations, the graduate is designated as a Certified Veterinary Technician in the State of Florida. Continuing education credits and renewal every two years are required to maintain the certification. Florida Credentialing Information

Contact Information

For more information, contact:

Sture Edvardsson

(352) 395-5349 voice

(352) 381-3619 fax


Florida Veterinary Medical Association

American Veterinary Medical Association

American Association of Veterinary State Boards

National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA)

Florida Veterinary Technician Association