Animal Technology

The Animal Technology & Research program prepares students to pursue careers working with animals, including: veterinarian, veterinary technician, veterinary technician assistant, clinic/hospital administrative staff, veterinary specialist (holistic health, radiology, reproduction, etc.), kennel assistant, groomer, trainer, farm and ranch worker/manager, and more.

  • Learn about careers working with animals.
  • Practice handling and restraint of live animals including dogs, cats, rodents, horses, cattle, sheep, and llamas!
  • Survey the anatomy of common animal species.
  • Explore office procedures for the veterinary clinic.
  • Perform physical examinations and learn proper routes to administer medicines.
  • Study veterinary assistant surgical and nursing practices.
  • Perform basic laboratory procedures.
  • Learn basic medical terminology.
  • Meet experts and professionals in the classroom and during lab activities.
  • Participate in numerous field trips and hands-on lab experiences.
  • Design a research project and conduct animal-related research in teams.
  • Earn placement in an internship.
  • Acquire professional workplace and employment skills throughout the year.

This program could be right for you if you have: 

  •  A history of good attendance
  •  A history of turning in assignments
  •  Willingness to seek help
  •  Good communication with instructor and classmates
  •  Willingness to participate in all assignments and activities

High School Credit

All students earn elective high school credit (see your counselor for more information).

College Credit

Optional college credits earned through this program apply towards FRCC degrees and certificates.

All classes can be applied toward the Veterinary Technician Assistant Certificate at FRCC.

  • Students who wish to complete the certificate and sit for the national exam must have completed BIO 105 (Science of Biology) or BIO 111 (General College Biology I with Lab) with a “C” or better in addition to the coursework below.
  • See your counselor to complete the biology course requirement through our Campus Select or High School Select Program.
  • VET 120 can also be applied to the Veterinary Technology A.A.S. at FRCC.

Thirteen optional FRCC college credits are available:

  • VET 120 - Office Procedures
  • VET 103 - Vet. Tech. Assistant Restraint & Handling
  • VET 102 Veterinary Medical Terminology
  • VET 113 - Vet. Tech. Assistant Surgical & Nursing Care
  • VET 114 - Vet Tech. Assistant Lab & Clinical Procedures
  • VET 183 – Internship: Private Practice

Instructor

Tara Raske

Class Location

FRCC Larimer Campus

Class Times

Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
or
Monday - Friday, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Eligible Students

Juniors and Seniors

Cost

Tuition paid by school district. Students pay program fees.

Transportation

Provided by school district (except field trips & internships).

Program Syllabus

View/print program syllabus.

Program Video

Get Started Today

Talk to your high school counselor today for more information about the application and enrollment process!