Animal Studies

The pet care industry is a rapidly growing segment of today's world. Americans love pets; in fact, we spend over 43 billion dollars a year on veterinarian visits, pampering and grooming, treats, and other services.

The Animal Studies program at Greenville Technical College will allow you to build a career around one of America’s passions. You’ll find plenty of customers when you graduate, and you’ll be well prepared to help them, thanks to a combination of classroom and hands-on experience that allows you to apply what you’re learning as you gain practice and confidence.

A career you can count on

Professional Grooming graduates may work part-time or full-time in

  • Grooming salon
  • Veterinary practice
  • Pet store
  • Animal day care
  • Boarding facility

Some graduates may establish their own grooming businesses, allowing them to work when and where they wish in their own salon or traveling to customers with a mobile grooming business.

Veterinary Assistant or Veterinary Technology training may take you into positions in

  • Private veterinary practice
  • Animal shelters
  • Humane societies
  • Animal hospitals
  • Laboratories and other veterinary care facilities  

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What you’ll learn in the program

Your courses will vary depending on your focus, but some of the skills you’ll learn may include

  • Veterinary medical terminology
  • Animal breeds & husbandry
  • Small animal care & welfare
  • Small animal behavior kennel management
  • Animal nutrition
  • Pharmacy skills

The Veterinary Technology program prepares graduates to assist the veterinarian by drawing blood, assisting in x-rays and other diagnostic tests, and educating pet owners to improve the health and wellness of their pets. 

Pet Grooming Clinic

Students in Professional Pet Grooming have the opportunity to put their skills to work in the college’s pet grooming clinic.

Pets come into the clinic and receive grooming services, and our students are closely supervised as they apply what they’re learning. Faculty and students in the clinic also give back often when there is a need in the community for grooming care.

Accreditation and certification

The Veterinary Technology program at Tri-County Technical College, which offers Phase II of this 1 + 1 program, is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, Illinois 60173-4360. Telephone: (847) 925-8070, Fax: (847) 925-1329, and is sanctioned by the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians. 

Upon successful completion of phase II, students will be eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). After passing the VTNE, students will be eligible to take the South Carolina State Jurisprudence Examination to become a South Carolina state licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT).

Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.

Program details and courses

Veterinary Technology, Phase I

This program is designed to satisfy Phase I requirements for a one-plus-one articulation agreement leading to an associate degree in Veterinary Technology at Tri-County Technical College.

  • Phase I consists of general education and foundational course work including basic terminology, clinical techniques, and anatomy and physiology at Greenville Technical College.
  • The VET courses at GTC are offered at the Northwest Campus only. The general education courses may be available at other campuses and through distance education.
  • Upon successful completion of Phase I, qualified students may apply for Phase II at Tri-County Technical College, which includes labs, clinicals and internships. 

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Professional Grooming and Animal Care
Certificate in Applied Science

This nine-course certificate focuses on animal care and pet grooming and will prepare you for an entry-level position in a grooming salon or to establish your own grooming business. You’ll learn about breed specific and mixed breed canine and feline grooming as well as foundational procedures, skills, and techniques, which are necessary for a career within the grooming industry.

This program is located at the Northwest Campus.

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Veterinary Assistant
Certificate in Applied Science

This program trains students for entry-level positions in kennels, veterinary offices, shelters, and animal hospitals, covering the areas of nutrition, veterinary services, pharmacological applications, handling procedures, and ethical practices.

This program is located at the Northwest Campus.

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Animal Care Program Requirements

In addition to Greenville Technical College admissions process, outlined in these Enrollment Steps, students interested in a program in the Health and Wellness Division must also successfully complete the following:

Career Talk
Participating in an online Career Talk session for your program is a requirement for all Health and Wellness Division students.  The Career Talk presentation for Animal Studies is conducted online. Click the link below to view the presentation. 

Career Talk presentation for Animal Studies (pdf)

Division Policies
The Animal Studies program strictly adheres to all the Health and Wellness Division policies, which are detailed on the division admissions information page

Supplemental Admission Process

How to apply for the Veterinary Technology Phase I program
Veterinary Technology Phase I admission is competitive based on weighted admission scores and the relative scores of the applicant pool each year. Qualified students are eligible to apply for the program May 15 through June 15.

Veterinary Technology Phase I Weighted Admissions Form

Veterinary Technology Phase II
Tri-County Technical College will accept 12 students from GTC who complete the Phase I program and meet all other program requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to apply to Phase II at TCTC for consideration of acceptance into the Veterinary Technology Program at TCTC.

Admission into the Greenville Technical College Veterinary Technology program Phase I does not guarantee admission into Phase II of the program at TCTC.

Special requirements

  • Documentation of Tetanus vaccination within the past ten (10) years 


Gainful Employment Disclosure

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, we encourage you to review our gainful employment disclosure information for the Professional Grooming and Animal Care and the Veterinary Assistant program.