Veterinary Technology is sometimes called veterinary nursing.  It is an exciting profession for people who love caring for animals.  As a student in the Program of Veterinary Technology, you will practice hands-on skills in our on-campus clinical laboratories working with both large and small animals. Adjacent to Manor’s beautiful 35-acre campus is our 50-acre farm, home to many horses.

Clinical laboratories are small and have only six to nine students at a time, allowing for individual attention and instruction. These labs include radiology, surgical assisting, anesthesiology, laboratory animal science, and large and small animal clinical procedures.

The demand for veterinary technicians is great, and graduates are readily employed in many animal health-related fields as well as in regional veterinary hospitals. These include biomedical research, exotic and zoo animal medicine, wildlife rehabilitation, pharmaceutical sales, academic instruction, laboratory animal medicine, food inspection, small animal clinical practice, emergency and critical care practices, and government regulatory agencies.

No matter what career you decide to pursue, veterinary technology is an exciting  profession, though it is hard work and often requires long, busy days – nevertheless you will find the personal rewards gratifying.

Why You Should Choose Manor

The Program of Veterinary Technology at Manor College has been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association since 1992.  You will experience personal attention in clinical labs and one-on-one academic advising.  You will take laboratory courses in state-of-the-art veterinary facilities, be instructed by experienced veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians, and receive hands-on training with large farm animals and a variety of small animal species and more! Manor Veterinary Technology graduates have transferred to a wide range of institutions of higher education, including the University of Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley University, to complete their undergraduate studies.   Click here to see what is like to be a Vet tech student.


After successful completion of the Veterinary Technician National Examination, graduates of Manor’s Program of Veterinary Technology may obtain a professional license and are certified to practice Veterinary Technology  in Pennsylvania.  Certified (licensed) veterinary technicians are essential to sophisticated veterinary medical facilities and are therefore in high demand.

Career Opportunities

Employment in and around Philadelphia is rich with opportunity, including work in private small animal practices; feline- or equine-only practices; emergency, critical care and specialty practices for small animals and general practice treating small animal and exotic species. In addition, Philadelphia is a center for pharmaceutical and biomedical research.  After six months of employment in a laboratory animal facility, graduates in veterinary technology are eligible to take the level one certification examination given by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS).  Also, veterinary technicians may be employed in governmental agencies such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

 Program Mission Statement: 

The mission of the Program of Veterinary Technology at Manor College is to provide its students with an excellent education in the fundamentals of veterinary technology that ensures their success when entering the workforce in a variety of veterinary clinical positions.

 Program Vision Statement: 

The Program of Veterinary Technology at Manor College:

  1. Generates critical thinkers whose knowledge base and technical skills prepare them for a successful career in veterinary technology and instills in them a commitment to life-long learning.
  2. Instills in each student respect and compassion for animals, a commitment to providing excellent patient care and a dedication to animal welfare.
  3. Creates an environment that supports the development of strong relationships among its students and between students and teachers.
  4. Advances veterinary technology by developing within its students:  professional responsibility and a commitment to national and state veterinary technology associations.


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