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Program Information

Important Dates

  • Full time cohorts begin every Fall
  • The program application window is April 15th to June 1st


Choosing a career in veterinary technology is an exciting and personally rewarding choice for many individuals. The students in our Veterinary Technology program are a very diverse group of women and men, both experienced and inexperienced with animals.  They all share a common goal, to obtain and utilize a degree in Veterinary Technology.

There are many occupational opportunities in this continually growing field and many specialized fields are constantly emerging.  Our graduates are working in private practices with companion animals, exotics, and large animals.  They work at zoos, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and aquariums.  Many of our graduates are practice managers, work in specialty practices, work for pharmaceutical companies, and work in research laboratories. Qualified graduates work as instructors in veterinary technology programs.  Some of our LVTs own their own companies such as kennels, pet sitting services, and even own their own veterinary hospital.  There are graduates of our program who have joined an elite group of LVTs and are recognized technician specialists in disciplines such as anesthesia and analgesia, surgery, dentistry, emergency and critical care, behavior, equine veterinary nursing, internal medicine, and more.


Our program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. We award an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and prepare you for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE), an entry-level national licensing exam.

Our Courses

The courses in our program offer a liberal amount of hands-on experience with large and small animals. Some of the skills and knowledge you will acquire through our program include:

  • animal nursing techniques
  • client relations and education
  • preparation of patients, instruments and equipment for surgery
  • specimen collection and performance of laboratory procedures
  • radiographic and anesthetic techniques
  • surgical assisting
  • familiarization with anatomy, physiology, nutrition and animal diseases
  • breeds and behavior

If you need help or have any questions regarding the Veterinary Technology program application process or the requirements needed to apply to the program, complete the Contact Form.