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Veterinary Technician Degree

Offered at: Larimer

FRCC's Vet Tech programs educate and empower students to work as veterinary health care professionals who interact with other veterinary health care professionals, patients and clients in a professional and ethical manner.

Students will develop the highest possible technical skills and demonstrate creative thinking and problem-solving abilities required in the veterinary field. Students will demonstrate utmost respect and concern for the well-being of their patients and understand the importance of team dynamics. The program will foster life-long learners and facilitate continuing educational opportunities for veterinary health care professionals. Our Vet Tech training program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technical Education and Activities.

Veterinary Technician Certificates

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Provide professional and compassionate health care to a variety of species while upholding applicable laws and the profession’s ethical codes
  2. Understand, demonstrate and perform patient assessment techniques, proper care and handling of animals, as well as their normal and abnormal life processes
  3. Safely and effectively manage patients in all phases of anesthetic procedures, as well as safely and effectively select, utilize and maintain anesthetic delivery devices and monitoring equipment
  4. Properly package, handle and store laboratory specimens and carry out diagnostic analysis of laboratory specimens including blood, urine, feces, tissue and bodily fluids
  5. Understand and evaluate laboratory results in conjunction with a veterinarian
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of clinical pharmacology to safely and effectively administer and dispense prescribed drugs to patients
  7. Communicate in a professional manner to the veterinary team and provide appropriate client education
  8. Safely and effectively perform medical, imaging and dentistry procedures on both large and small animal in compliance with federal, state, and local laws
  9. Understand and provide proper instruments, supplies and environment to maintain asepsis during surgical procedures
  10. Establish and maintain a work environment that ensures the safety of clients, animals and staff

Gain Clinical, Hands-On Experience

The A.A.S. Vet Tech degree is a full-time program with daytime classes. During the first three semesters, students attend classes at the Larimer Campus. During the third semester, students complete clinical internships in a 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. 

High Pass Rate on VTNE Exam

Vet Tech


July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018
Number of eligible first-time candidates 92
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 92
FRCC 3-year pass rate for-first time candidates
79.34%
National average 3-year pass rate for first-time candidates
68.78%

Vet Tech Salaries

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Laboratory Animal Caretakers $21,698
$27,196
$29,945
Veterinary Technicians & Technologists $26,615
$34,456
$38,376
Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment (2017)

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