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Veterinary Medical Technology Program

Veterinary Health Science Program


Veterinary Medical Technology

To inquire about this program: Amy Nelson | 423.869.6205 |

Veterinary technicians work with a veterinarian to provide professional healthcare. This requires extensive knowledge and training in the care and handling of animals, their normal and abnormal life processes, medical and surgical nursing, anesthesiology, diagnostic imaging, and clinical laboratory procedures-precisely the kind of knowledge and training you'll receive at LMU.

Degrees Offered

Associate of Science in Veterinary Medical Technology (AS)
Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medical Technology (BS)

Curriculum Plans

AS VMT - 2 year plan
AS VMT - 3 year plan

Admission Requirements

AS VMT Admission Requirements
BS VMT Admission Requirements

VMT Student Handbook 2014-2015

Required veterinary courses for the AS degree include:
  • Introduction to Veterinary Technology
  • Veterinary Medical Terminology
  • Diagnostic Laboratory Procedures
  • Large-Animal Clinical Procedures
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Parasitology and Entomology
  • Pharmacology
  • Surgical Nursing and Anesthesia
  • Laboratory Animal Medicine
  • Veterinary Imaging
  • Small and Large Animal Clinical Procedures

The BS in Veterinary Medical Technology offers students that have graduated with an AS degree from an AVMA accredited institution an opportunity to further their education in a variety of advanced and specialized courses. 

All of LMU's veterinary degrees emphasize hands-on experience with animals, preventative medicine, and service to the community.

The AS degree qualifies students to take the national veterinary technician licensing examination (VTNE) and to become a credentialed veterinary technician.

LMU's veterinary technology students are a diverse group, coming from places like the Virgin Islands and from states as far away as California, North Dakota, and New York.

Pass Rates


VMT AS Application Materials VMT BS Application Materials


VMTP students participate in internships at private veterinary practices, emergency clinics, and the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.   

Career Opportunities

Veterinary technicians are in high demand-there are at least four jobs for every veterinary technology graduate. The U. S. Department of Labor Bureau of labor statistics projects 52% growth rate for technician and technologist careers through 2020. VMTP graduates are prepared to work in:
  • Small-animal clinics
  • Large-animal clinics
  • Exotic-animal practices
  • Zoos
  • Veterinary education
  • Veterinary practice management
  • Research facilities
  • Public health

Average Salary: 2010 median average-$29,710/year (U. S. Department of labor Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Alumni Success

Most LMU VMTP graduates achieve above average scores on the VTNE and many elect to further their education by obtaining the BS degree.  Many VMTP graduates are employed in veterinary school teaching hospitals, major referral centers and several practices in the local community. 

Clubs & Organizations

Many majors are actively involved in both the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA) and the Tennessee Veterinary Technician Association (TVTA).

LMU also sponsors a Veterinary Medical Technology Club, which works with local animal shelters and the surrounding community.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

A range of scholarships are available to veterinary technology majors, such as:
  • NAVTA Scholarships
  • TVTA Scholarships
  • Knoxville Veterinary Medical Association Scholarships
  • LMU Veterinary Technology Program Scholarships

Departmental Awards

Each year, the department presents a major with its Outstanding Veterinary Medical Technology Student Award. It also awards an eligible student with a Veterinary Medical Technology Program Student Work Scholarship