Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Technology

Veterinary technicians are an integral part of veterinary medicine and they work under the supervision of veterinarians. Vet techs are employed to assist in many veterinary tasks. They cannot diagnose, prescribe medications or perform surgery. Most veterinarians consider their technicians to have the same role as nurses would to general doctors and surgeons. They must be knowledgeable in many areas of veterinary care including anesthesia, surgery, bandaging, radiology, pharmacology, dentistry, nutrition, laboratory procedures, and animal care and handling. They are also required to communicate with clients and must possess office and management skills. 



What You’ll Learn
The Veterinary Technician program at Mountwest Community & Technical College consists of 74 credit hours. This is a two-year associate program and is not to be considered a pre-veterinary medicine program. The course of study will include biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, parasitology, nutrition, animal disease, anesthesia, pharmacology along with animal care, restraint and handling. Students will work with client pets, small animals and farm animals. See the current advising sheet for more details. 

Credits Required:  74 hours

Credential Earned:  Associate of Applied Science

Career Outlook
Employment of veterinary technologists and technicians is expected to grow from 2010 to 2020, much better than the average for all occupations. A growing pet population will require more veterinary technologists and technicians. In addition, many people consider their pets to be part of their family and are willing to pay more for pet care than in the past. Also, veterinary medicine has advanced considerably, and many of the veterinary services offered today are now comparable to health services for humans. 


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Potential Employers
Local veterinary clinics and animal hospitals

How to Apply
This program requires a separate application process. Please review the application requirements carefully and return your completed 2018 application to Jill Sansom in Office #455 on or before May 1, 2018.

Program Outcomes
-Utilize and apply the knowledge necessary to function within the scope of practice of a Registered Veterinary Technician.
-Proficiently execute the Essential Skills dictated by the American Veterinary Medical Association's Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities.
- Actively contribute as an integral member of a veterinary health care team while adhering to professional and ethical standards including a strong work ethic, personal responsibility and compassion for clients and animals.
-Effectively communicate with veterinary health care team members and clients.
-Establish and maintain a work environment that ensures the safety of clients, animals and staff.
-Perform patient assessment, safe handling and restraint, administration of medications and other veterinary treatments under the direction of a Veterinarian.