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Veterinary Technician Degree

Offered at: Larimer

A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology

74 credits
(5-6 semesters)

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 percentage points higher than the national average.

Vet Technology degree: See required courses.

See Vet Tech course descriptions.

See admissions process and requirements.

Veterinary Technician Certificates

Basic Laboratory Animal Care

12 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate teaches the fundamentals of the major animal species used in lab research. It includes a 135-hour lab animal internship in a biomedical research facility, hours which count toward the required work experience needed for AALAS certification.

Lab Animal Care certificate: See required courses.

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.

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, 2013-
June 30, 2014
July 1, 2012-
June 30, 2013
July 1, 2011-
June 30, 2012
Number of eligible 1st-time candidates 42 26 28
Number of 1st-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 31 24 27
Percentage of 1st –time candidates passing 87% 92% 93%
FRCC 3-year average pass rate 91%
National average 3-year pass rate 74%

Vet Tech Salaries

Entry Middle Experienced
Laboratory Animal Caretakers $21,094
Veterinary Technicians & Technologists $23,739
Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment (2014)

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