Enrollment in Veterinary Technology courses is open to all students meeting course prerequisites.

Veterinary Technology is comprised of a wide variety of techniques and skills required in the field of Veterinary Medicine. Professional veterinary technicians work under the direction of a licensed veterinarian. Veterinary technicians do not diagnose, prescribe or perform surgical operations.

Technicians work at veterinary hospitals, colleges, and laboratories. They may be employed for private individuals, institutions, or they may be employed by federal and state agencies. Their duties may include cleaning and sterilizing equipment, performing diagnostic tests, feeding and caring for animals, restraining animals for treatment, administering anesthetics, assisting in surgery, collecting samples for diagnostic purposes, maintaining and repairing equipment, obtaining and developing radiographs, and assisting in office procedures.

Suzanne and Hannah inducing anesthesia on a mouseThe veterinary technician may be employed to perform specialized procedures in a specific area or a broad spectrum of procedures in a generalized practice.

Vet Tech student holding guinea pigIt is recommended that students in the Veterinary Technology Program spend four semesters of course work on campus followed by the Veterinary Technology 2950 preceptorship off campus. A plan is available to allow students to complete on campus course work in a five semester sequence if they so desire.

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 1001 – Animal Care I 0
VTTK 1000 – Issues in Veterinary Medicine 1
Lab Science* 4
VTTK 1500 – Orientation Orientation to Veterinary Technology 3
VTTK 1700 – Medical Terminology 2
VTTK 1751 – Pharmaceutical Calculations 3
Communications 1 3
VTTK 2005 – Pre-Screen for Veterinary Technology 0
Total Credit Hours: 16

Freshman Year – Spring Semester

Class Credit Hours
Constitutional Requirement 2-3
VTTK 1002 – Animal Care II 0
VTTK 1600 – Clinical Procedures 3
VTTK 1630 – Veterinary Hematology 3
VTTK 1750 – Veterinary Pharmacology 4
VTTK 2615 – Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals I/II 3
VTTK 1625 – Laboratory Analysis 1
Total Credit Hours: 16-17

Sophomore Year – Fall Semester

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

Sophomore Year – Spring Semester

Class Credit Hours
VTTK 2002 – Animal Care IV 0
VTTK 2505 – Diagnostic Imaging 2
VTTK 2550 – Practical Surgical & Medical Experience II 4
VTTK 2620 – Noninfectious Diseases 3
VTTK 2750 – Clinical Problems 4
Program Electives** 2
Total Credit Hours: 15

VTTK 2510 (Clinical Experience I, 1 credit), VTTK 2520 (Clinical Experience II, 1 credit), and VTTK 2950 (Clinical Experience III, 3 credits) to be scheduled during Fall, Spring, or Summer as determined appropriate by the adviser and the student.

*Lab Science requirement must be selected from the following list:
VTTK 1950 – Applied Principles of Chemistry for Veterinary Technology 2
BIOL 1000 – Principles of Biology 4
BIOL 1010 – General Biology I 4
VTTK 1925 – Applied Principles of Biology for Veterinary Technology 2
CHEM 1000 – Introductory Chemistry 4
CHEM 1020 – General Chemistry I 4
**Program Electives: Any course at the 1000 or above level.