Veterinary Technology

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The Veterinary Technology program at Pittsburgh Career Institute (PCI) is designed to train you to provide competent and humane care toward the emotional and physical well-being of animals in an entry-level position.

You will develop the skills and knowledge needed to provide quality veterinary care through high-level classroom lecture combined with a variety of hands-on clinical instruction. In addition to industry-level on-campus laboratory, x-ray and surgical facilities, you will travel to diverse clinical instruction sites that include shelters, agricultural farms & equine veterinary facilities, and companion animal clinics and hospitals.

Students will gain knowledge in the areas including but not limited to:

  • Injections
  • IV Catheter Placement
  • Collection of Blood and other Laboratory Samples
  • Surgical Assisting
  • Anesthesia Administration and Monitoring
  • Specialized Nutrition
  • Internal Parasitology
  • Breeds/Preventative Medicine
  • Avian Exotic Care


Students that have completed the Veterinary Technology training program can seek employment at animal hospitals, Veterinary specialty hospitals, and emergency and critical care hospitals. Your job will always require working with animals, but there’s more than one way to put your AST degree to work – and you may find yourself particularly drawn to a certain vet tech specialization. These specializations include:

  • Veterinary internal medicine: Researching general wellness and preventative medicine for animals
  • Critical care: Providing emergency care to sick or injured animals
  • Zoo keeping: Caring for animals in zoos or aquariums. As technology in the veterinary world grows, more and more career opportunities are opening up. Because of this, there are more specializations you can study within your vet tech program than ever before. During your program, you can focus your studies on one or more specialized areas, including:
    • Avian Medicine
    • Biomedical Research
    • Clinical Pathology
    • Dentistry
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Exotics
    • Large Animals
    • Small Animals
    • Surgery
    • Clinic Supervision

Programmatic Accreditation

The Veterinary Technology Program at PCI is initially accredited by the AVMA as a program for educating veterinary technicians.

Pittsburgh Career Institute has been initially accredited by AVMA

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