General Information

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 Technologyveterinary 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, 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, 2013 - June 30, 2016
Number of eligible first-time candidates41
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the Puerto Rico Veterinary Technology Board12
Three-year VTNE pass percentage91.66%

 

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, 2013 - June 30, 2016
Number of eligible first-time candidates41
*Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE1
Three-year VTNE pass percentage100%

 

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Two years of general courses and basic sciences are required as stated below. For specific courses within each subject, please contact the program.

Required Courses

CoursesCredits
English6 Semester Credit - Hours
Spanish6 Semester Credit - Hours
Social Sciences6 Semester Credit - Hours
General Biology6 Semester Credit - Hours
Organic Chemistry8 Semester Credit - Hours
Calculus or Pre-Calculus4 Semester Credit - Hours
General Physics8 Semester Credit - Hours
Statistics3 Semester Credit - Hours
Electives9 Semester Credit - Hours
General Chemistry8 Semester Credit - Hours
Total64 Semester Credit - Hours

  • Grade point average of at least 2.00 in all required courses.
  • Obtain a grade point average of at least 2.00 in science and mathematics courses.
  • Interview with faculty members.
  • 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.

Course Descriptions

(Please click here to access the Medical Sciences Campus Catalog and look for the Course Descriptions for this Program)

Informative Sheet

(Please click here to download the Informative Sheet of the Program)

Graduation Requirements

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.

Program Faculty

Dr. Elizabeth Rivera
Dr. Melween Martínez
Dr. José Vientos
Prof. Carlos Ortiz
Prof. Ivette Medina
Prof. Luis Javier Santiago

Physical Address

Medical Center Complex
Monacillo Area, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
Medical Sciences Campus Main Building, 10thFloor, Office #1060

Telephones

Director – 787-758-2525, ext. 1051
Secretary – 787-758-2525, ext. 1051- 1022
Fax 787-250-0536

Professional Links

American Veterinary Medical Association
http://www.avma.org

American Journals of Veterinary Professions
http://www.avma.org/publications/default.asp

Care for Animals
http://www.avma.org/careforanimals/default.asp