Veterinary Technology comprises an aggregate of techniques and skills required in the practice of Veterinary Medicine. Professional veterinary technicians work under the direction of a licensed veterinarian. They do not diagnose, prognose, prescribe treatments or perform surgical operations.

Technicians work in veterinary practices, both general and specialized, biomedical research, zoo/wildlife medicine, industry, military, livestock health management, livestock reproduction facilities along with many other employment options. The primary objectives of the program are to provide students with the knowledge and skill required to succeed in the veterinary industry and to pass examinations that may be required for licensing in certain states.Suzanne and Hannah inducing anesthesia on a mouse

Program Admission Requiements:
ACT: Math >21, English >18 and Reading >21 or
Health Occupation Assessment Exam (HOAE): Arithmetic >40, Reading Comprehension >40 and Vocational Adjustment Index>40 or
Completion of all firstsemester VTAD certificate courses with a grade of “C” or better and placement into VTTK 1751.
This program includes a required criminal background check and completion of a pre-exposure rabies vaccination series. 400 hours of observation and clinical experience at approved clinics are required.
Students are responsible for the animal care of housed animals. Documentation of such responsibility is contained in the Animal Care (VTTK 1001, 1002, 2001, and 2002) non-credit classes as required by the AVMA accreditation.

Students must complete all program requirements, including approved electives, with a “C” or better.

For current wages for veterinary technicians may be found at:

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Freshman Year – Fall Semester

Class Credit Hours
VTTK 0005 – Pre-exposure Rabies Vacination 0
VTTK 1505 – Introduction to Veterinary Science 1
VTTK 1501 -Animal Care I 0
VTTK 1500 – Orientation to Veterinary Technology 3
VTTK 1700 – Medical Terminology 2
VTTK 1751 – Pharmaceutical Calculations 3
VTTK 2005 – Pre-Screen for Veterinary Technology 0
VTTK 2615 – Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology 3
**Lab Science Electives 4
Total Credit Hours: 16

Freshman Year – Spring Semester

Class Credit Hours
VTTK 1502 – Animal Care II 0
VTTK 1600 – Clinical Procedures 3
VTTK 1625 – Laboratory Analysis 1
VTTK 1630 – Veterinary Hematology 3
VTTK 1750 – Veterinary Pharmacology 4
Communication I 3
Constitutional Requirement 2-3
Total Credit Hours: 16-17

Sophomore Year – Fall Semester

Class Credit Hours
VTTK 1550 – Practical Surgical & Medical Experience I 3
VTTK 1755 – Veterinary Parasitology 2
VTTK 2001 – Animal Care III 0
VTTK 2500 – Veterinary Anesthesia 3
VTTK 2610 – Veterinary Infectious Diseases and Applied Diagnostics 4
VTTK 2700 – Laboratory and Exotic Animals 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Sophomore Year – Spring Semester

Class Credit Hours
VTTK 2502 – Animal Care IV 0
VTTK 2505 – Diagnostic Imaging 2
VTTK 2550 – Practical Surgical & Medical Experience II 4
VTTK 2620 – Noninfectious Diseases 3
*Approved Electives 2
VTTK 2750 – Clinical Problems 4
Total Credit Hours: 15

*Approved Electives

Class Credit Hours
Any course at the 1000 or above level.

**Lab Science Electives

Class Credit Hours
BIOL 1000 – Principles of Biology 4
BIOL 1010 – General Biology I 4
CHEM 1000 – Introductory Chemistry 4
CHEM 1020 – General Chemistry I 4
VTTK 1925 – Applied Principles of Chemistry for Veterinary Technology 2
VTTK 1950 – Applied Principles of Biology for Veterinary Technology 2