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Morehead State University's  Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology gives you the knowledge and practical experience to set you on the path for a successful, rewarding career providing support services for veterinarians. You'll gain hands-on experience at MSU working with live patients at the Small Animal Teaching Hospital and the Equine Health and Education Center, located at the Derrickson Agricultural Complex.

We also offer an associate degree in veterinary technology, which allows you to earn a degree in as little as three years.


You may choose between and Associate of Applied Science or a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology.

This program is not offered online as it requires laboratory and other hands-on experience.

Program Requirements

The first step is admission to Morehead State University, see: For course lists and program requirements please refer to the undergraduate catalog.

The  veterinary technology (VT) 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 VT program. The number of clinical placement positions limits enrollment to 40 incoming students per year. 

Incoming Freshmen:

  • The first year of school you will be required to take Math 131 or higher, biology 105 or 171 and chemistry 101 (and lab) or higher along with other general education and general science classes. You will apply to the Veterinary Technology program in the fall of your first year, and if accepted, will begin the VT sequence in the fall of your second year. Acceptance is based on your GPA, available seats in the program, documented veterinary work experience and PACHA health form/vaccinations. 
  • You must maintain an overall GPA of 2.8, with a 2.6 or better in math, biology and chemistry to be accepted into the program. Grades in math, biology, chemistry and agricultural sciences courses must be a "C" or higher. 
  • You must complete 120 hours of supervised work with a veterinarian before being accepted into the program, and you must submit a completed work experience form. 
  • Submit all medical documentation by the end of the first week of the fall semester in which you will start the VT program.
  • Documentation of pre-exposure rabies vaccine. Please check with your medical insurance company to see if the vaccine series is covered by your policy. 
  • MSU Counseling and Health Services can provide the required immunizations, or you can choose to visit your primary care physician. However, if you do visit your personal physician, you will need to submit official documentation to the University Counseling and Health Clinic to obtain immunization compliance approval for the clinical portion of the VT program.

Students must submit a complete admission packet that includes all of the following:

  • Completed VT Admission Application 
  • Completed Veterinary Work Experience form
  • Current transcripts from MSU and any other universities/colleges attended 

Once you are accepted to the program, you will need to go to  and complete the following forms:

  • Completed medical documentation 
  • SSS MSU Online Health History
  • Training Document for ACWC
  • 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)

Summary of Fees:

  • $20 required clinical compliance fee
  • $15 VT compliance fee
  • $35 fee for the completion of the PACHA form
  • $600-900 Pre-Exposure Rabies Vaccine


Career Opportunities

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.

MSU's Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.