The Veterinary Technician program is academically rigorous, and it takes highly motivated individuals with better than average ability to master a significant course load of scientific and medical material in a relatively short time. Experience with animals and an understanding of the field of veterinary medicine is ideal and beneficial to applicants. Applicants are strongly encouraged to spend at least one week observing or working in a veterinary clinic with a veterinary technician.
Employment in this field typically requires successful completion of the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) licensing exam.
In order to progress in the Veterinary Technology program, a student must achieve at least a "C" grade in all courses.
A veterinary technician is a key component of the animal healthcare team. Veterinary technicians perform medical tests under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to assist in diagnosing injuries and illnesses of animals. Veterinary technicians are able to perform vital tasks from evaluating an animal’s condition to collecting and evaluating biological samples, to educating clients on nutrition and behavior, to administering and monitoring anesthesia. The Veterinary Technician Program will prepare students for a career caring for animals in vet clinics, animal research, or wildlife rescue. The program will provide the opportunity for hands-on learning needed to do pharmacology, surgical preparation, and animal care which will prepare students with the skills needed to find a career in the veterinary technician field. A certified veterinary technician has passed the Veterinary Technician National Examination or VTNE given by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.
HESI Assessment Exam Information
The Veterinary Technician program requires students take the HESI Assessment exam. For more information about the exam, including test dates, times, locations and preparation materials, and instructions on how to create an account and pay for the HESI Assessment, visit the HESI Assessment Exam page. Once the exam fee has been paid, you must contact firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate the exam date.
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The Veterinary Technician program is fully accredited by the AVMA CVTEA as a program for educating veterinary technicians.