UC Blue Ash College

Veterinary Technology Program

Program Overview

The Associate in Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology is designed to train technicians to assist veterinarians in industry, medical centers and animal hospitals. The freshman year courses may be taken full or part-time, and the sophomore year is offered in a full-time (one year) or part-time (two year) format to meet the diverse needs of our students.  

Careers such as these require trained professionals who have knowledge and skills in all aspects of veterinary medicine. This program provides training in animal husbandry and restraint, nursing, surgical preparation and techniques, drug administration, anesthesia, anatomy, laboratory techniques and radiography. Preceptorships at various private practices and research institutions provide valuable on-the-job training.

Selective Admissions

Due to high demand, program difficulty, and other specialized needs, certain programs at UC Blue Ash College, including Veterinary Technology, use a selective program admission process.

Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) Scores

Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) Scores
  Totals (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023)
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 68
Three-Year VTNE Pass percentage 79%
VTNE National Pass Rate Average 72%

The results show that the UC Blue Ash Veterinary Technology program prepares its students to consistently perform well above the national average on the VTNE. Our graduates go on to successful careers in all types of veterinary practices.

Where It Will Take You

Opportunities for employment in veterinary technology are good and are continually improving. Changes in state and government legislation concerning the veterinary profession have opened the door for highly qualified registered veterinary technicians to assist veterinarians in many aspects of their work.

Job opportunities abound in many types of veterinary practices, including:

  • Both pet and farm animals
  • Industrial and medical research institutions
  • Zoos
  • Federal agencies
  • Military

Currently, 100% of our graduates find placement, and the demand for them far exceeds supply!

Veterinary Technology Program

Important Information about the Rabies Vaccination Requirement

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Rabies is a fatal but preventable viral disease. It can spread to people and pets if they are bitten or scratched by a rabid animal. Humans, like most other mammals, are susceptible to the Rabies virus. Those who work in the veterinary field are at high risk of exposure to the Rabies virus. As a student in UC Blue Ash’s Veterinary Technology Program, you will be exposed to many animals that could potentially be harboring the Rabies virus. 

The CVTEA/AVMA (the accrediting agency for the program) requires that you protect yourself with a prophylactic series of injections prior to entrance into the selective admission clinical course for Veterinary Technicians. Therefore, all students entering the clinical portion of the Vet Tech Program after May 15, 2022 must complete the Rabies pre-exposure vaccination series prior to handling any dogs, cats, or ruminants and/or participating in any clinical placements. 

Students should be aware that the Vet Tech Program functions on a model of cooperative care with local humane societies and farms to provide necessary animal preventative care, diagnostics, treatments, and surgery. Students who do not receive the Rabies vaccination may not be able to complete required portions of the Vet Tech Program and therefore may not be able to graduate.

Career-Oriented Program

Upon completion of 64-66 required semester hours, an associate in applied science degree in veterinary technology is awarded. Our mission is to provide a supportive academic and professional environment, enabling each student to become a competent and caring veterinary technician. The program is accredited with the AVMA. Learn about career-oriented programs.


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Contact Information

Veterinary Technology Department
Stacey Benton, DVM
Phone: 513-558-9400