Veterinary Medical Technology Program


The MSU CVM VMT Program prepares students to work in the following areas of veterinary medicine:

  • Private practices (small animal and mixed)
  • Equine specific practices
  • Food animal/production medicine
  • Public health organizations
  • Federal and state regulatory agencies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Animal-nutrition companies
  • Animal-related industries
  • Laboratory animal medicine
  • Animal and biomedical research
  • Zoo and wildlife
  • Education

In addition, our students are exposed to a number of specialty areas including, internal medicine, anesthesia, surgical nursing, behavior, and emergency and critical care, and they may even choose to complete actual clinical rotations in some of them. Veterinary technology students can pursue a variety of different specialties after graduation.  For a complete list, visit

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Students examine a shelter dogMSU CVM is one of only a few colleges where the veterinary medical technology program is housed within the College of Veterinary Medicine. Our VMT students train alongside DVM candidates in the same clinical setting. VMT students enjoy the opportunity to participate in clinical experiences their entire senior year.

At MSU CVM, we pride ourselves in offering a collaborative learning environment. Our top-notch faculty are not only committed to providing an excellent education, but also genuinely care about their students. We offer a family-like atmosphere where students receive the training and support they need to reach their goals and succeed in the field of veterinary medicine.

MSU CVM also offers a variety of animal-related clubs and organizations, where students can build relationships with their peers outside of the classroom, further their experience working with animals, and make a difference in the world around them.

Our rigorous classroom and clinical curriculum and supportive, family-like environment enables us to graduate well-rounded students who are well prepared to enter the workforce!

VMT Academic Insight

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Academic Insight events for 2024 are now LIVE! For more information about Academic Insight and to register, please click here

2024 Itinerary coming soon! Please see below for last year's itinerary. 

1:00–⁠1:15 PM - Check-In

1:15–⁠2:15 PM - Meet the faculty and staff and learn about the program

2:15 - 4:00 PM - Tours and Exhibits

2:15 - 4:00 PM - Parent Q&A



Large Animal VMT Video


Blood Smear Demonstration


A student adjusts her microscopeThe goals of the MSU CVM VMT Program are to provide students

  • Relative, practical and quality delivered curriculum
  • Hands-on educational experience to ensure the development of technical skills required upon graduation
  • Collaborative learning environment to enhance understanding of individual team members’ responsibilities and the dynamics within the veterinary healthcare team
  • Foundational knowledge base for lifelong learning
  • Technical knowledge that meets the educational standards of the Committee on Veterinary Technololgy Education & Activities (CVTEA)
  • Degree that can be used to satisfy the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) requirements for national credentialing as a veterinary technician

The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine VMT program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities.




  • High school seniors with at least 3.0 GPA
  • First-semester college freshmen with overall GPA of 2.8 or greater
  • 21 ACT
  • Completed applications to the program
  • Interview

Regular Admission

  • 2.5 overall GPA
  • Completed applications to the program
  • Interview


Prerequisite Checklist

  • English Comp I & II
  • College Algebra
  • Trigonometry or Intro to Statistics
  • Survey of Chemistry I & II
  • Experimental Chemistry (lab)
  • Social Behaviors (6 hours)
  • Humanities (6 hours)
  • Biology I & II
  • Microbiology
  • Fine Arts
  • Speech
  • Animal Science or Animal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Careers in Veterinary Medicine
  • Veterinary Medical Technology Terminology

Important to note:

  • All prerequisites must be completed with a C or better.
  • The VMT bachelor of science degree program does not meet the requirements for direct entry into veterinary school. Students interested in this avenue will need to take physics, biochemistry and organic chemistry in addition to the required VMT curriculum.


Applications for 2024 Regular Admission are now open! The following MUST be submitted on or before March 1 in a single electronic file to or in a single sealed envelope through U.S. Postal Service mail or through UPS, FedEx, or other ground shipping:

  1. Your completed application
  2. Official copies of all your college transcripts* through the fall semester prior to application date
    • * You are only required to submit official transcripts for courses not taken at MSU.*
  3. Your three confidential evaluations

Admissions Requirements

Pre-Admission Requirements

Application Instructions


Confidential Evaluator Instructions

Confidential Evaluation

If you have questions regarding applications, contact the VMT office at (662) 325-1103 or email


A veterinary technician examines a yorkieVeterinary technologists perform technical duties as well as managerial tasks, including:

  • Patient care & nursing
  • Patient assessment
  • Case management
  • Surgical & anesthetic nursing
  • Client education & communication
  • Supervising and/or practice management


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 20 percent increase in the need for technicians and technologists between 2016 and 2026, which is much faster than average.

The average salary for credentialed veterinary technicians is, according to the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, $36,000. For technicians in regulatory or research areas, the average salary is $50,000.

MSU CVM VMT Program Faculty and Staff:

Maralyn Jackson, DVM
Assistant Clinical Professor and Director

Amanda (Mandy) Kohler, DVM
Assistant Clinical Professor and Coordinator for Advising and Recruitment

Dana Cooper, CVT, VTES
Instructional Technician/Clinical Coordinator

Sarah Dulin, CVT, LVMT
Instructional Technician

LaQuanda Jones, CVT
Instructional Technician

Gail Bishop
Administrative Assistant

Credentialing Process:


VTNE Pass Rate

The three-year pass percentage on VTNE is calculated as follows: X/Y*100= three-year pass percentage whereby X is the number of first time candidates that passed the VTNE and Y is the number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE July 1,2020-June 30, 2023
Number of 1st time candidates that have taken the VTNE 91
Three Year VTNE pass percentage 73%


Anatomical Pathology

Basics of Practice Procedures

Clinical Pathology

Diagnostic Imaging

Lab Animal

Nursing Skills and Husbandry



Surgical Nursing

Department of Veterinary Medical Technology
PO Box 6100
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: 662.325.1103
Fax: 662.325.7506