The Bachelor in Veterinary Technology Program prepares students to become Veterinary Technologists. The program provides the future professional with the knowledge and specific skills necessary in the field of veterinary technology, and helps develop those skills necessary to successfully practice in the field. It is also expected that, through coordination with other programs, a significant contribution to animal disease prevention be made in benefit to the Puerto Rican society.
This is a four-year program in which students study the first two years at any accredited university and the last two years at the Medical Sciences Campus. Upon completion of all requirements, students receive the degree of Bachelor of Sciences in Veterinary Technology.
By means of innovative practices and an interdisciplinary approach, the program prepares veterinary technologists who have a genuine commitment to their profession. The graduate of the Veterinary Technology Program will demonstrate the skills in the techniques required for maintaining the health of animals. As a veterinary technologist, the graduate of the program will be prepared to play an important role in human health care by safeguarding food-producing animals and by controlling animal diseases that may affect humans.
The Veterinary Technology Program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association since 1995.
In order to practice as a Veterinary Technologist in Puerto Rico, graduates must take the Puerto Rico Veterinary Technology Board Test (PRVTT), offered by Junta Examinadora de Médicos Veterinarios de Puerto Rico. Graduates performance in the Puerto Rico Veterinary Technology Board Test for the last three years is as follows:
|July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019|
|Number of first-time candidates that have taken the Puerto Rico Veterinary Technology Board||26|
|Three-year PRVTB pass percentage||76.9%|
Graduates may also take the Veterinary Technician National Examination, VTNE. *VTNE is not required to practice veterinary technology in Puerto Rico. Graduates performance in the VTNE for the last three years is as follows:
|July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019|
|*Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE||8|
|Three-year VTNE pass percentage||75%|
In order to be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- General and basic sciences courses are required as stated below. For specific courses within each subject, please contact the program.
|English||6 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Spanish||6 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Social Sciences||6 Semester Credit - Hours|
|General Biology||6 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Organic Chemistry||8 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Calculus or Pre-Calculus||4 Semester Credit - Hours|
|General Physics||8 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Statistics||3 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Electives||9 Semester Credit - Hours|
|General Chemistry||8 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Total||64 Semester Credit - Hours|
- Grade Point Average of at least 2.50 in all required courses.
- Obtain a Specific Grade Point Average of at least 2.00 in science and mathematics courses.
- Interview with faculty members and obtain at least a 70%.
- A maximum of 12 credits can be pending to the summer session prior admission.
- All candidates must meet the physical and cognitive standards required to perform clinical essential skills set by the Veterinary Medical Association.
- Fluency in Spanish and knowledge and comprehension of English.
Microbiology courses are recommended. Applicants must have completed the required 64 credits or finish the requirements during the summer preceding the beginning of the program.
In order to graduate, students must:
- Obtain a grade point average of at least 2.00.
- Complete the program’s 130 credits-hours.
- Complete the degree within 5 years.
Dr. Elizabeth Rivera
Dr. Melween Martínez
Dr. José Vientos
Prof. Carlos Ortiz
Prof. Ivette Medina
Prof. Luis Javier Santiago
Medical Center Complex
Monacillo Area, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
Medical Sciences Campus Main Building, 10thFloor, Office #1060
Director – 787-758-2525, ext. 1051
Secretary – 787-758-2525, ext. 1051- 1022
American Veterinary Medical Association
American Journals of Veterinary Professions
Care for Animals