Beginning in the fall of 2017, APSU will offer the Vet Tech program, preparing a growing number of APSU students to be veterinary technologists—one of the fastest growing career fields in the state and the country. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of veterinary technologists and technicians is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.”
The new veterinary technology program will provide successful students with a four-year, Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture, and these students will then be able to pursue with U.S. News and World Report listed as one of the "Best Health Care Jobs" in the nation.
Students apply upon completion of program prerequisites, usually after the sophomore year.
For more information on APSU's new program, email
Why study Veterinary Technology at APSU?
Agriculture courses are delivered in small class settings with individual attention from faculty with experience and expertise in agriculture. Students have an opportunity for hands-on learning at the 440-acre University Farm to study cattle, crops, forestry, wildlife, and renewable energy.
What will I learn?
Agriculture is one of the most important majors you could choose because it addresses a basic human need—food and other natural resources. Agriculture majors take a core collection of classes in agri-business and agricultural sciences (animal, plant and soil sciences). These courses introduce students to the broad array of agricultural-related subject areas which provide a comprehensive understanding that will be useful in future agriculture-related careers.
The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.
The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.
What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?
APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Within the Agriculture department, students have a variety of organizations in which to participate.
Delta Tau Alpha - The APSU Agriculture department was one of the seven original charter members who helped found Delta Tau Alpha in 1959 as the honor society for non-land-grant agriculture programs. There currently are 41 chapters of DTA nationwide. This honor society recognizes a high standard of scholarship, leadership and character among agriculture students. Annual membership has varied up to about 20 students.
Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity - Alpha Gamma Rho is the only fraternity at APSU which is both social and professional. It was chartered in 1983 as the Beta Mu chapter. Active members as well as many alumni participate in chapter activities. The Beta Mu chapter has a house located at 227 Marion Street adjacent to the campus. Activities of the fraternity include participation in regular Greek activites on campus as well as activities at certain sister institutions. Special activities include participation in local livestock shows.
Pre-Vet Club - This club is open to all agriculture students and other interested students at the university. Its purpose is to promote fellowship among agriculture students, especially pre-veterinary medicine majors. Activites typically include socials and guest speaker as well as visits to institutions with beterinary medicine programs.
Beef Cattle Show Team - The beef cattle show team is open to all students who have an interest in working with and exhibiting beef cattle. Students have a great "hands-on" opportunity to be involved with high quality beef cattle and are involved in the daily care of the show cattle including the feeding, grooming and vaccinations. Students show the cattle at several shows at the local, state, and national levels.
Collegiate FFA - Collegiate FFA is a professional development organization open to all students who have an interest in agriculture. We have several professional development opportunities throughout the year along with opportunities to interact with other students who share your interests and to serve the community. Collegiate FFA is open to all students at APSU of any major.
APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.