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Veterinary Medical Technology

To inquire about programs within the School of Allied Health Sciences:

Holly Evans | 423.869.7417 | [email protected]


Veterinary technicians work with veterinarians to provide professional animal 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 will receive at LMU.  Both of LMU's veterinary medical technology degrees emphasize hands-on experience with animals, preventative medicine, and service to the community.


Degrees Offered

The Veterinary Medical Technology Program offers both and Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees. Students must complete the AS degree program prior to entrance into the BS degree program.


Veterinary technicians are in high demand with 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 careers through 2020. VMTP graduates are prepared to work in:

Small animal clinics Veterinary education
Large animal clinics   Veterinary practice management
Exotic animal practices  Research Facilities 
Zoos    Public health


Average Salary: 2017 median average-$33,400/year (U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics) The AS degree in Veterinary Medical Technology prepares graduates for eligibility to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). For information about the VTNE, visit The state board of veterinary medicine has the right to deny licensure to practice veterinary technology to individuals guilty of crime, unprofessional conduct, or incompetence. Direct any questions regarding eligibility to take the VTNE to the board of veterinary medicine in the state which the student wishes to be registered. Most AS VMT graduates achieve above average scores on the VTNE and many elects to further their education by obtaining the BS VMT degree. Many graduates are employed in veterinary school teaching hospitals, major referral centers and several practices in the local community.


 The Veterinary Medical Technology Degree programs are fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).



Prospective students must meet the following academic requirements in order to qualify for the 2-year curriculum:

ACT composite score of 18 with a math score of 19 OR

SAT critical reading & math composite score of 870 or SAT critical reading, math & writing score of 1290

High School GPA of 3.0; transfer GPA of 2.0

Students that do not meet both ACT/SAT and GPA requirements may still be admitted to the program using the 3-year curriculum plan.


 Please note that application to the VMT Program is separate from the application submitted to Lincoln Memorial University.  Students must complete both applications.  All AS VMT application materials are provided in the links below.  All AS VMT application materials should be submitted to the Veterinary Medical Technology Program, not the University Admissions office. 


As Admission Requirements

VMT Student Handbook 2021-2022

 Admission into Lincoln Memorial University  

VTNE Pass Rates 2018-2021

Application to the AS VMT program

Application checklist

Completion of 20 observation hours in a veterinary facility  

Observation Guidelines

Submission of confidential evaluation forms from 2 separate sources 

AS VMT 2-Year Curriculum Plan

Submission of personal statement of professional goals

 AS VMT 3-year Curriculum Plan


This degree does not contain prerequisite coursework necessary to apply to veterinary school



The BS Degree Program in Veterinary Medical Technology is open to students that have graduated with an AS or AAS degree from an AVMA accredited institution that have a desire to further their education in a variety of advanced and specialized courses. 

Veterinary Medical Technology Bachelor of Science Curriculum Plan


 Students interested in joining the BS VMT Degree Program must complete the following application items:


This degree does not contain prerequisite coursework necessary to apply to veterinary school


 A range of scholarships are available to veterinary medical technology majors, such as:

 NAVTA Scholarships

TVTA Scholarships

Knoxville Veterinary Medical Association Scholarships



Many veterinary medical technology students 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.

Vet Tech

 VHS&T Mission Statement

The Veterinary Health Science & Technology Department offers programs to students that wish to enter the veterinary profession upon graduation.  The mission of the department is three fold;


  1. Provide quality education to prepare entry level veterinary technicians in patient assessment, evaluation, client communication, and clinical nursing skill development in preparation for and passing the VTNE licensing exam and obtaining entry level positions as veterinary technicians.
  2. Provide veterinary technologists with advanced technician courses that will:
    • Enhance the associate level educational foundation to foster quality clinical skill development
    • Provide an advanced level of education to obtain positions in veterinary technology education, business management, and industry positions that require a bachelor’s degree to apply
    • Benefit those that desire to pursue specialization as a credential technician
  3. Provide a quality education for those that wish to apply to veterinary college, advance studies at the graduate level, and/or prepare graduates to work in the industry of veterinary medicine.

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