Veterinary Technology

A veterinary technician provides care to sick and injured animals and is trained in laboratory technology, radiography, anesthesia, surgical techniques and client education.

Why Study Veterinary Technology?

Certified Veterinary Technicians are essential to sophisticated veterinary medical facilities. Our graduates are readily employed in many animal health-related fields, as well as in regional veterinary hospitals.

Hands-On Opportunities

The program makes use of a 50-acre farm a short walk from campus, the home of many horses. In addition, the institution partners with Fox Chase Farm in Philadelphia for additional hands-on opportunities.

Why You Should Choose Manor

The Veterinary Technology program has been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) since 1992. Manor College believes in experiential learning, working with small, large and laboratory animals on campus. Clinical laboratories of only six to eight students are taught in state-of-the-art veterinary facilities on campus. This allows for individual attention and instruction by experienced veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians. These labs include radiology, surgical assisting, anesthesiology, laboratory animal science and large and small clinical procedures. Tour Nevels Hall here.

After successful completion of the Veterinary Technician National Exam (see Manor’s VTNE 3-year pass rate), graduates of Manor’s Program of Veterinary Technology are eligible to obtain a professional license to practice Veterinary Technology in Pennsylvania. Additionally, Manor Veterinary Technology graduates have the option to stay at Manor and earn a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Practice Management, or they may choose to transfer to a wide range of institutions of higher education, including the University of Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley University, to complete their undergraduate studies.

Manor’s Program of Veterinary Technology’s 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 success when entering the workforce in a variety of veterinary clinical positions.

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Career Opportunities

Employment in and around Philadelphia is rich with opportunity, including work in:

  • Private small animal practices
  • Emergency, critical care and specialty practices
  • General practice for treating small animals and exotic species
  • Pharmaceutical and biomedical research
  • Academic instruction
  • Laboratory animal medicine
  • Food inspection


Optionally, after six months of employment in laboratory animal facilities, graduates in veterinary technology are eligible to take the level one certification examination given by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) to become an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician. Also, veterinary technicians may be employed in governmental agencies such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Samantha Stankus ‘13

The childhood dream of Dr. Samantha Stankus ‘13 was to work with animals, but that goal seemed lost after attending a larger institution and performing poorly. She transferred to Manor College in 2010 and used the smaller class sizes to her advantage. She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program in 2013, continued her education at Jefferson University and currently works as an intern with the ASPCA in New York City.

“Becoming a veterinarian was not a dream that I was going to give up on, regardless of the hard work that it would require. Manor College helped me because I just happened to be a student who does not do well in larger classes. It gave me the experience to learn in a smaller environment.”

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