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Veterinary Technician

Associate of Applied Science

Learn to provide veterinary care to animals, including nutrition, nursing, anesthesiology, radiography and clinical laboratory procedures. Gain practical experience in clinic settings.  This program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. 

Program/Major Codes: AASVETTECH/VET

What can I do with this degree?

Career Options: Work as a certified veterinary technician for veterinarians, biological research workers, scientists and business or organizations that provide care for animals. After completion of the program, students apply to take state and national board exams for certification.

Academic Options:  While this degree was not designed to transfer to a 4-year university, it may apply toward Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) or other programs.  See Pima’s Transfer Partnerships page to determine which universities offer BAS programs, and research how the universities may accept this program in transfer.

Program Requirements

Students must receive a C grade or better in all core courses to progress to the next semester.

Program Prerequisites

Before enrolling in Veterinary Technology classes, you must fulfill the following requirements with a grade of C or better:

Credits
REA 091 or reading assessment score at REA 112 or higher. 0-4
MAT 122 Intermediate Algebra or higher
*
BIO 156IN Intro Biology Allied Health
  or BIO 181IN [SUN# BIO 1181] General Biology I: Majors
*
CHM 130/130LB/130IN Fundamentals of Chemistry [SUN# CHM 1130]
  or CHM 151/151LB/151IN General Chemistry I [SUN# CHM 1151]
*
CSA 100 Computer Literacy *
Subtotal 0-4

General Education Requirement

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses. ** Select courses to fulfill C or G requirements.***

Credits
Communication Requirement 6
Humanities and Social Science Requirement 6
Subtotal 12

Required Core Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
VET 100***** Introduction to Veterinary Technology 3
VET 110 Veterinary Nursing Procedures I 3
VET 111 Veterinary Nursing Procedures II 3
VET 120 Clinical Pathology I 3
VET 121 Clinical Pathology II 3
VET 130 Animal Anatomy and Physiology I 4
VET 131 Animal Anatomy and Physiology II 3
VET 150 Pharmacology 3
VET 191 Veterinary Technician Clinical Experience I 3
VET 200 Anesthetic and Surgical Nursing 3
VET 205 Radiology and Imaging Techniques 3
VET 210 Veterinary Nursing Procedures: Large Animal Care 2
VET 211 Veterinary Nursing Procedures: Avian, Exotic, and Lab Animals 2
VET 220 Clinical Pathology III 3
VET 225***** Veterinary Hospital Procedures 3
VET 291 Veterinary Technician Clinical Experience II 3
Subtotal 47

Required Support Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
BIO 156IN
  or BIO 181IN
Intro Biology Allied Health
  General Biology I: Majors [SUN# BIO 1181]
4
CHM 130/130LB/130IN
  or CHM 151/151LB/151IN
Fundamentals of Chemistry [SUN# CHM 1130]
 
General Chemistry I [SUN# CHM 1151]
5
CSA 100**** Computer Literacy 1
MAT 122 or higher Intermediate Algebra 3
Subtotal 13
Total 72-76

* Credits counted in the program requirements.

** Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses:  Analysis and Critical Thinking - BIO 156IN/181IN & MAT 122; Computer and Information Literacy - CSA 100.

*** Select courses so that at least one course is marked "C" (cultural diversity) or "G" (global awareness). 

**** CSA 101 or CIS 100 may be substituted for CSA 100.

***** VET 108 with a grade of C or better may be substituted for VET 100 and 225.