Vet Tech Program FAQ

Appalachian State University and Banfield Pet Hospital® — the leading provider of preventive veterinary care in the U.S. — have announced a partnership aimed at strengthening the pipeline of licensed veterinary technicians and creating a more sustainable future for the veterinary profession. We have entered into a sponsored contract through the Office of Research to develop this program. Read more about the launch at

Vet Tech Program FAQ

App State and Banfield have entered into a sponsored contract agreement to support the university's development of a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) program. Banfield has made a multi-million commitment to the university to support the development of a rigorous, four-year online program.

The program’s first class is expected to begin in fall 2022.

Students will be eligible to apply beginning in August 2021.

Applications for Fall 2022 programs will be available on August 1, 2021.  Links to first-year and transfer applications are available at

Veterinary technicians, also referred to as vet techs, licensed veterinary technicians or LVTs, assist veterinary doctors in the physical care of animals. They can act as patient advocates, phlebotomists, radiology technicians, laboratory technicians, anesthesia technicians and surgery technicians.

Yes, except for internship placements.

The B.S. program will be a fully-online, 120-credit hour degree program consisting of 70 credit hours of core coursework in veterinary technology and 50 additional hours of coursework designed to satisfy general education requirements and to elevate the level of practice of licensed veterinary technicians (LVTs). 

Core training in veterinary technology will be provided through 70 credit hours of coursework in subject areas required by American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accreditation. This coursework will include: 

  • 15 credit hours in foundational subject areas including science, math and communication skills;
  • approximately 55 hours of coursework in domain-specific areas and 
  • 240 hours of practical experience obtained through clinical externships.

In addition to core clinical skills, the four-year degree will also:

  1. Provide increased confidence in the core clinical skills.
  2. Marked expansion in the non-clinical knowledge, skills and competencies that should be successful as team leaders upon graduation such as communication, critical thinking skills, leadership and ethics.
  3. Focused expansion of the core clinical skills including recognized veterinary technician specialties.
  4. A career path to leadership positions in Veterinary practices.

The university has assembled an interdisciplinary team of faculty to develop a curriculum plan, program and courses that will become a model for developing licensed veterinary professional talent and setting unprecedented industry standards.

Yes, the Office of Online and Transfer Services will evaluate your prior coursework and award all applicable credit approved by the department.

App State is committed to continuing support for all transfer and continuing education students. If you are interested in transferring into the program, please fill out this google form for more information.  

The App State Online program will be housed in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences and will combine Bachelor of Science credentials with preparation for veterinary technician licensure. 

Banfield Pet Hospital®. Banfield was founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1955 and today is a pioneer in preventive veterinary care with more than 1,000 general veterinary hospitals in 42 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. 

More than 3,600 Banfield veterinarians are committed to providing high-quality veterinary care to three million-plus pets annually. As part of the Mars Veterinary Health family of brands, Banfield is committed to its purpose — A Better World for Pets™ — because pets make a better world for us.

There is a demonstrated need not only for more LVTs, but also to expand the capacity of licensed veterinary care professionals, particularly in rural areas. Data shows pet care demand is greater than supply. The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that at least 40 million pets in the U.S. do not receive routine veterinary care. 

recent study from Banfield reveals an estimated 75 million pets in the U.S. may not have access to the veterinary care they need by 2030. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data show that in 2020, there were more than 110,000 LVT jobs in the U.S., and project an increase of nearly 20% in the next five years.  

This is a new program that is under development.

App State has a proven history of developing visionary academic programs that help advance industry standards while addressing shortages of demand for professional services in rural areas, with graduation and licensure achievement rates that far exceed national averages. 

The university combines its innovative approach to academic excellence with a strategic focus on recruitment and retention of rural students and regional economic development. 75% of the nearly 135,000 living App State alumni live in North Carolina and contribute to the state’s economy. 

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