Two-phase degree program
There are two components to earning a BS degree in veterinary technology
Veterinary technician phase:
- Students complete a veterinary technician Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program at an AVMA-accredited veterinary technician school (not offered at UNL), and
- Pass the national veterinary technician certification examination.
Veterinary technology phase:
- Students enroll at UNL in one of three options (described below).
- Transfer credits from the veterinary technician phase to UNL after receiving your AAS degree and passing the national certification exam.
- Complete BS requirements at UNL.
- Earn a BS degree from UNL.
- Veterinary science option is for students interested in going to veterinary school. Qualify to apply to any veterinary school in North America.
- Science option is for students interested in a career in veterinary science, but not as a veterinarian.
- Business option is for students interested in veterinary science and management.
Why study veterinary and biomedical sciences at UNL?
- A unique undergraduate program for veterinary technicians wanting a baccalaureate degree.
- Take courses not available at any other college or university in Nebraska.
- Learn more about animal health and diseases from scientists and veterinarians studying and diagnosing animal diseases.
- Learn more about animals from animal scientists studying animal production and animal products.
- Gain additional experience in veterinary and animal production research, veterinary diagnostic services, and animal care as a student employee.
- Socialize and learn from other students interested in veterinary technology, veterinary science or biomedical science as a career.
Veterinary medical educational opportunities for Nebraskans
Nebraska resident students wishing to become veterinarians may apply to the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine, a program offered jointly between the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Learn more.
You will be assigned a faculty member who can help you examine your interests and abilities, define your career goals, and plan your academic career so you will qualify to apply to the college(s) of veterinary medicine of your choice and/or earn a BS degree.
Scholarships and financial aid
- CASNR provides more than $750,000 in scholarships annually to CASNR students.
- Apply for university-wide or other scholarships for which you qualify.
- Explore your interests and develop your leadership abilities by participating in any of the numerous clubs and organizations on campus. Learn more.
- OASIS—Office of Academic Support and Intercultural Services—supports all students, especially students of color, at UNL. Learn more.
- Undergraduate Creative Activities & Research Experiences (UCARE) is supported by the Office of Undergraduate Studies and funded by the Pepsi Endowment and Program of Excellence Funds, this program creates intellectual partnerships between UNL faculty and undergraduates by providing funds for research. Learn more.
What do you have to take in high school to enter UNL as a veterinary technology student?
- 4 units of English
- 4 units of mathematics
- 3 units of social sciences
- 3 units of natural sciences
- 2 units of foreign language
- rank in the top half of your high school class OR
- have an ACT composite score of 20 or higher OR
- have an SAT total score of 950 or higher.
What a veterinary technology degree can do for you
A BS degree in veterinary technology prepares veterinary technicians to enhance their career in:
- Veterinary medicine
- Biomedical or veterinary research
- Veterinary pharmaceutics
- Animal production
- Animal protection and conservation
- Regulatory or governmental affairs
- Veterinary practice management
- Qualifies them to apply to any veterinary college in North America.
- Positions themselves to continue their education in graduate school as a masters or doctoral student.
Find out more
Dr. Mike Carlson
Undergraduate Program Coordinator