Veterinary Technician Program

Veterinary Technician Program Details

Additional Program Details

Program Description

To develop in students the personal traits and professional skills needed to perform as competent entry-level veterinary technicians. The program provides students with knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, office management, examination techniques, radiologic, dental, and surgical procedures as they relate to veterinary care.

Program Requirements

How Long is the Program?

Program Length: Approximately 18 months (less than two years)


Curriculum:  What Classes Do I Need to Take to Become a Veterinary Technician?

Here are just a few classes you will take during the Veterinary Technician program:

  • Lab Animal Science and Exotic Medicine
  • Diagnostic Imaging for Veterinary Technicians
  • Surgical Nursing for Veterinary Technicians
  • Large Animal Nursing and Medicine


How to Become a Certified Veterinary Technician

Be prepared to sit for certification exams including the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) through the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB).

Where Can I Take a Veterinary Technician Training Class Near Me?



View the program outline for El Paso

Program Outline for All Locations Except El Paso
    Theory Lab Extern Credits
Career Prep & Veterinary Assisting Professional Sequences I, II, III & Extern 295 185 240 30.0
Veterinary Assistant Totals 295 185 240 30.0
 
Course# Course Theory Lab Extern Credits
CCM 111 Communications* 45 - - 3.0
MTH 129 Math Applications* 45 - - 3.0
SCI 120 Foundations in Biology and Chemistry* 60 - - 4.0
VTT 176 Introduction to Veterinary Technology* 25 - - 1.5
Professional Sequence I Total 175 - - 11.5
 
Course# Course Theory Lab Extern Credits
VTT 222 Food and Fiber Animal 45 10 - 3.0
VTT 224 Diagnostic Imaging for Veterinary Technicians 15 15 - 1.5
VTT 226 Small Animal Nursing for Veterinary Technicians 15 60 - 3.0
Professional Sequence II Total 75 85 - 7.5
 
Course# Course Theory Lab Extern Credits
VTT 232 Laboratory Animal Science 20 15 - 1.5
VTT 234 Laboratory Procedures for Veterinary Technicians 30 35 - 3.0
VTT 236 Anatomy and Physiology for Veterinary Technicians 30 30 - 3.0
Professional Sequence III Total 80 80 - 7.5
 
Course# Course Theory Lab Extern Credits
VTT 242 Dentistry Techniques 15 15 - 1.5
VTT 244 Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians 45 - - 3.0
VTT 246 Surgical Nursing for Veterinary Technicians 30 40 - 3.0
VTT 248 Clinical Surgery and Lab - 15 - 0.5
Professional Sequence IV Total 90 70 - 8.0
 
Course# Course Theory Lab Extern Credits
VTT 252 Exotic Animal Medicine and Nursing 15 15 - 1.5
VTT 254 Equine Medicine and Nursing 45 15 - 3.5
VTT 256 Emergency Procedures 30 10 - 2.0
VTT 258 Clinic Surgery and Lab - 30 - 1.0
Professional Sequence V Total 90 70 - 8.0
 
Course# Course Theory Lab Extern Credits
VTT 262 Veterinary Technician Seminar* 15 - - 1.0
VTT 291 Externship - - 225 5.0
Externship 15 - 225 6.0
Program Totals 820 490 465 78.5

*These courses are offered online, hybrid or on-ground.

Program length: day classes total 77 weeks and evening classes total 86 weeks. The total number of program hours is 1,775 at all campuses except in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas campus program hours total 1,820 and includes one additional 3 credit class presented online or on-ground (HST 205 Nevada History and US Constitution). Graduates of this program are granted an Associate of Applied Science degree.

 


Program Outline for El Paso
Course# Course Theory Lab Extern Credits
CCB 115 Computer Basics 15 - - 1.0
VTA 127 Comparative Veterinary Anatomy, Physiology, and Terminology 60 - - 4.0
VTA 130 Clinical Lab Procedures and Pathology 15 60 - 3.0
VTA 132 Clinical Proficiency - 30 - 1.0
VTA 165 Pharmacology and Principles of Anesthesia 45 - - 3.0
Semester I Total 135 90 - 12.0
 
Course# Course Theory Lab Extern Credits
MT 100 Math Fundamentals 30 - - 2.0
VTA 110 Office Procedures 15 - - 1.0
VTA 133 Clinical Proficiency - 30 - 1.0
VTA 150 Animal Life Stages, Nutrition, and Husbandry 45 - - 3.0
VTA 160 Animal Nursing and Diagnostic Imaging 15 60 - 3.0
VTA 170 Aseptic Technique and Surgical Assisting 15 45 - 2.5
Semester II Total 120 135 - 12.5
 
Course# Course Theory Lab Extern Credits
CCM 111 Communications 45 - - 3.0
MTH 129 Math Applications 45 - - 3.0
PSY 102 Introduction to Psychology 30 - - 2.0
SCI 120 Foundations in Biology and Chemistry 60 - - 4.0
VTT 176 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 25 - - 1.5
VTT 242 Dentistry Techniques 15 15 - 1.5
Semester III Total 220 15 - 15.0
 
Course# Course Theory Lab Extern Credits
VTT 222 Food and Fiber Animal 45 10 - 3.0
VTT 224 Diagnostic Imaging for Veterinary Technicians 15 15 - 1.5
VTT 226 Small Animal Nursing 15 60 - 3.0
VTT 232 Laboratory Animal Science 20 15 - 1.5
VTT 236 Anatomy and Physiology for Veterinary Technicians 30 30 - 3.0
VTT 239 Laboratory Procedures for Veterinary Technicians 30 45 - 3.5
Semester IV Total 155 175 - 15.5
 
Course# Course Theory Lab Extern Credits
VTT 244 Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians 45 - - 3.0
VTT 246 Surgical Nursing for Veterinary Technicians 30 40 - 3.0
VTT 252 Exotic Animal Medicine and Nursing 15 15 - 1.5
VTT 254 Equine Medicine and Nursing 45 15 - 3.5
VTT 256 Emergency Procedures 30 10 - 2.0
VTT 273 Clinical Proficiency - 45 - 1.5
Semester V Total 165 125 - 14.5
 
Course# Course Theory Lab Extern Credits
VTT 262 Veterinary Technician Seminar 15 - - 1.0
VTT 292 Externship - - 240 5.0
Externship and Seminar 15 - 240 6.0
Program Totals 810 540 240 75.5
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