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Need skills? Our technical degrees (A.A.S.) and certificates launch you into a career. Some certificates can be completed in just one semester.

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Veterinary Technician Degree

Offered at: Larimer

The Vet Tech program educates and empowers 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, 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. The program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technical Education and Activities.

A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology

72 credits
(5 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 become certified as a veterinary technician in the state of Colorado. Our three-year average pass rate is 89 percent—17 percentage points higher than the national average.

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Veterinary Technician Certificates

Basic Laboratory Animal Care

12 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate is available to students currently pursuing an AAS Degree in Veterinary Technology.  Students must complete all AAS Degree requirements in Veterinary Technology plus the ALT 126 and ALT 280 courses required in this certificate.  This certificate program is designed to meet the demands of the biomedical research community for qualified personnel in the care and management of laboratory animals. Technicians certified in Laboratory Animal Technology are central to the integrity of biomedical research, assuring a high standard of humane care for research animals. 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. For more information, contact Kimberly Schmidt at (970)204-8670.

Lab Animal Care certificate: See required courses by semester.

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Veterinary Assistant

16.5 credits
(2 semesters)

The veterinary assistant certificate 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 and veterinarians. Veterinary Assistants do not diagnose animal illnesses, prescribe treatment, or perform surgery.

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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 technical procedures in both large and small animal surrounding medical and surgical nursing, diagnostic imaging, and dentistry maintaining 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 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. 

High Pass Rate on VTNE Exam

July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017
Number of eligible first-time candidates 93
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 90
FRCC 3-year pass rate for-first time candidates
National average 3-year pass rate for first-time candidates

Vet Tech Salaries

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Laboratory Animal Caretakers $21,055
Veterinary Technicians & Technologists $25,282
Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment (2016)
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