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Veterinary Technology

Program Info

The Department of Agricultural Sciences at Morehead State University offers both an associate of applied science in veterinary technology and a bachelor of science in veterinary technology.  Students in the program develop their skills on a wide variety of animals and take courses which contribute to their understanding of animal care and nursing.  Clinical training is on actual animal patients and is completed at the MSU Veterinary Technology Small Animal Teaching Hospital, Equine Health and Education Center, and farm areas of the Derrickson Agricultural Complex.

Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) Scores

The VTNE is used to evaluate entry level veterinary technicians' competency to practice and to be credentialed. Below are Morehead State's most recent pass rate statistics for the VTNE.

    Total: July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2014 
   Number of first-time candidates who have taken the VTNE  53*
   Number of eligible first-time candidates  50
   Three-year VTNE pass rate  93%


*This number includes graduates from previous years.



Veterinary Technology-Associate of Applied Science

Veterinary Technology-Bachelor of Science

Agricultural Sciences - Veterinary Technology
Veterinary Technology is a paraprofessional field that provides support services to the veterinary profession.  Any activity involving animal care is a potential employment opportunity.  Some of these opportunities include positions in private veterinary practices, government regulatory agencies and humane associations, or in the areas of zoo/wildlife management, biomedical research, and academics.

Admission to Morehead State University (see MSU admission requirements).

The AAS in Veterinary Technology Program has a selective admission policy that is separate from, and in addition to, MSU's standard admission requirements. Admission to MSU does not guarantee admission to the Veterinary Technology (VT) Program. The number of clinical placement positions limits enrollment to 40 incoming students per year. Prior to admission to the program, students are required to take MATH 131 or higher, BIOL 160 or 171, and CHEM 101 (including lab) or higher along with other general education and Agricultural Sciences classes. Students apply to the Veterinary Technology program during the spring semester and if accepted begin the VT curriculum sequence the following fall. Acceptance is based on GPA, available positions in the program, completion of veterinary work experience, and documentation of meeting health and vaccination requirements as follows:

  • Cumulative college GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale in non-developmental, college-level courses. MSU students must have completed the Pre-AAS Veterinary Technology sequence and transfer students must have completed the MATH, BIOL, CHEM equivalent courses and 12 or more college credit hours in non-developmental, college-level courses.
  • Combined 2.6 GPA in MATH, BIOL, and CHEM requirements [MATH 131 or higher, BIOL 160 or 171, and CHEM 101 (including lab) or higher].
  • Grades of "C" or above in MATH, BIOL, CHEM, and AGR courses.
  • Completion of a minimum of 120 hours of supervised work with a veterinarian.
  • Current Tetanus immunization
  • Receive or be willing to receive the Rabies Pre-Exposure Vaccine. If unable to receive the vaccine prior to entering the program, the student must receive the series upon admission to the VT Program at the Caudill Health Clinic located on campus.

 Students must submit a complete admission packet   that includes all of the following together even if previously sent to the VT Program or any other department or office within the University.:

  • Completed Veterinary Technology Admission Application 
  • Completed Veterinary Work Experience Form
  • Current transcripts from MSU and any other universities/colleges attended 
  • Completed medical documentation (forms can be found at: upon acceptance to MSU). 
  • SSS MSU Online Health History
  • UAR 118.04
  • Animal Care Worker Quiz
  • ACW Self Survey
  • Periodic Animal Contact Health Assessment (PACHA)
  • Record of current Tetanus vaccine (if received prior to admission)
  • Record of pre-exposure Rabies vaccine (if received prior to admission)


Morehead State University
Derrickson Agricultural Complex
25 University Farm Drive
Vet Tech Lab
Morehead, KY 40351

Amy Staton, Instructor, Veterinary Technology Program 606.783.2328


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