Veterinary Technology (Distance Education)

Veterinary Technology (Distance Education Program through St. Petersburg College)

Daytona State College offers students this specialized program in partnership with St. Petersburg College. Students will enroll at Daytona State College to complete their general education/core courses, and then enroll in a totally distant learning program at St. Petersburg College. The Veterinary Technology courses are taught online. All program specific courses and general education/core courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better.  Applicants must have worked or volunteered in veterinary hospital at least 40 hours prior to applying for admission to fulfill clinical observation requirement.

The Veterinary Technology Program at St. Petersburg College has been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association since 1978.

Graduates have a variety of career opportunities in veterinary clinics, hospitals, universities and college facilities, research laboratories, zoological gardens and reserves, animal shelters, and pounds.

Daytona State College - General Education/Core Course Requirements

The Veterinary Technology Track (AA Advising Track Code: 7971) requires students to successfully complete 22 semester hours of General Education/Core courses at Daytona State College, which include:

  • Introduction to Composition (ENC1101)
  • Oral Communications/Research/Presentation Skills (SPC2608)
  • College Algebra (MAC1105) or Survey in Mathematics (MGF2106) or Mathematics for Liberal Arts (MGF2107) or Elementary Statistics (STA2023)
  • General Biology I and Lab (For Science Majors) (BSC1010C) or Survey of Biological Sciences (For Non-Science Majors) (BSC1005) and Survey of Biological Sciences Lab (For Non-Science Majors) (BSC1005L)
  • Introduction to Ethics (PHI2600)
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences Core Selection
  • Humanities, Cultural & Aesthetic Core Selection
  • Microcomputer Applications (CGS2100)*

St. Petersburg College - Program-Specific Online Course Requirements**

Students will complete 51 semester hours of Program Specific Online courses at St. Petersburg College, which include:

  • Animal Anatomy and Lab (ATE1110/1110L)
  • Animal Physiology (ATE1211)
  • Veterinary Office Procedures (ATE1311L)
  • Large Animal Clinical and Nursing Skills (ATE1636)
  • Veterinary Clinical Practice Lab I (ATE1650L)
  • Veterinary Clinical Practice Lab II (ATE1654L)
  • Laboratory Animal Medicine (ATE1671L)
  • Veterinary Medical Terminology (ATE1741)
  • Veterinary Work Practicum I (ATE1943)
  • Veterinary Work Practicum II (ATE1944)
  • Small Animal Breeds and Behavior (ATE2050C)
  • Introduction to Dental Techniques (ATE1412C)
  • Animal Anesthesia (ATE2611)
  • Animal Medicine (ATE2612)
  • Animal Nursing (ATE2631)
  • Animal Pharmacology (ATE2634)
  • Animal Laboratory Procedures I and Lab (ATE2638/2638L)
  • Animal Laboratory Procedures II and Lab (ATE2639/2639L)
  • Animal Nursing and Medicine Laboratory I (ATE2651L)
  • Animal Nursing and Medicine Laboratory II (ATE2653L)
  • Large Animal Clinical and Nursing Skills Lab (ATE2656L)
  • Large Animal Diseases (ATE2661)
  • Animal Emergency Medicine (ATE2710)
  • Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine (ATE2722)
  • Veterinary Work Practicum III (ATE2945)
  • Veterinary Work Practicum IV (ATE2946)

Students who are interested in this track should contact the Academic Advisor in the College of Health and Public Services, Melissa Brown at (386) 506-3052, or the department chair, Geraldine Rimstidt at 386-506-3823.

*Recommended course

**For more information about the St. Petersburg College selection process, program specific online courses and laboratory requirements, please contact St. Petersburg College at 727-302-6712 or visit their website at