Applied Animal Science Program

Veterinary Technology

Students in lab coats give a cat a shot.The primary goal of the program is to provide students with exceptional technical and clinical reasoning skills and knowledge in veterinary technology such that graduates will be immediate and valuable members of a veterinary medical team.  Additionally, the program aims to develop a firm foundation in farm animal veterinary practices. 

Courses in the program will cover basic sciences, veterinary nursing, and veterinary practice management, with a strong focus on hands-on practical knowledge throughout the curriculum.  All students will learn basic knowledge and skills for the major domestic animal species (dog, cat, horse, and cow).  There will be an opportunity for students to focus their studies on a given species through a variety of elective course offerings, most of which are current Applied Animal Science courses.  Integration of knowledge in communications, veterinary ethical and legal issues, veterinary practice management, clinical reasoning skills and hands-on technical skills will allow students to become complete veterinary technicians, capable of providing high-quality, compassionate and expert care to animals both small and large.

Steps to Becoming a Credentialed Veterinary Technician:

  1. Graduate from an AVMA accredited veterinary technology program. (Our program has applied for accreditation and an initial evaluation is planned for spring 2014.)
  2. Pass the Veterinary Technology National Examination (VTNE)
  3. Apply for licensure in your state.

For more information on these steps and the field of veterinary technology, visit the National Association of Veterinary Technician's website:

Admissions Information:

Students who apply to the Applied Animal Science Program of Study will have the option of choosing the Veterinary Technology concentration.  Students should mention Vet Tech in their application materials.  Space in this program will be limited.  For questions and more information contact our Assistant Director of Admissions, Deborah Pack at (603) 862-3115.