The veterinary technician’s role is to provide professional health care in conjunction with the veterinarian. The duties of veterinary technicians shall be performed under the direction, supervision, and responsibility of veterinarians. These duties shall be accomplished in compliance with federal, state, and local laws. These duties shall not include diagnosing, prescribing, or performing surgery except where explicitly permitted by regulation. The veterinary technician must be knowledgeable in the care and handling of animals, their normal and abnormal life processes, medical and surgical nursing, anesthesiology, diagnostic imaging, and clinical laboratory procedures.
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.
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 the Testing Center to indicate the exam date.
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Update to accreditation status (November 2023): The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) met on November 2 - 4, 2023, and placed the Dakota County Technical College Veterinary Technician Program on probationary status for a period of up to two years. Failure to substantially meet the Standards of Accreditation by the end of the two-year probationary period (Fall 2025) may result in involuntary terminal accreditation. It is the Committee’s goal to assist the program in achieving full accreditation. Graduates of a program on probationary accreditation are considered graduates of an accredited program.
July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023
- Total students taken the exam: 60
- Pass rate: 80%