Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technician Degree

Offered at: Larimer

A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology

74 credits
(2 years)

The Veterinary Technician degree (A.A.S.) trains students in veterinary health and handling of a variety of animals including household pets, food animals, exotic animals, birds, and lab animals. The program covers topics such as anatomy and physiology, radiology, parasitology, medical and surgical nursing, anesthesia, pharmacology.

Upon completion of the Veterinary Technician degree, you will be prepared to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). Once you pass the VTNE, you can apply to the state of Colorado to become certified as a veterinary technician. Our three-year average pass rate is 89 percent—17 percent higher than the national average.

Vet Tech degree: See required courses.

See Vet Tech course descriptions. 

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Veterinary Technician Certificate

Veterinary Technician Assistant

17 credits
(1-2 semesters)

The veterinary technician assistant program is ideal for those seeking an introduction to veterinary medicine with a limited investment of time and money. As a veterinary assistant, you will support veterinary technicians. 

Vet Tech Assistant certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.

Vet Tech Salaries

  Entry Middle Experienced
Veterinary Technicians & Technologists $25,320 $31,336 $34,344
Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment (2012)

Gain Clinical, Hands-On Experience

The A.A.S. Vet Tech Program is a full-time program with classes during the day. The first three semesters, students attend classes at the Larimer Campus. During the third semester, students complete clinical internships in private practice to gain beginning veterinary technician experience. In the fourth and final semester of the program, students complete clinical rotations at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Vet Tech Program Accreditation

FRCC’s Veterinary Technology Program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technical Education and Activities.  

High Pass Rate on VTNE Exam 

  July 1, 2012-
June 30, 2013
July 1, 2011-
June 30, 2012
July 1, 2010-
June 30, 2011
Number of eligible 1st-time candidates 26 28 29
Number of 1st-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 24 27 22
Percentage of 1st –time candidates passing 92% 93% 82%
FRCC 3-year average pass rate 89%
(2010-2013)
88%
(2009-2012)
 
National average 3-year pass rate 76%
(2010-2013)
75%
(2009-2012)