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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. 

Selective Admissions Program: In order to be fully admitted to this program, you must fulfill the requirements listed in Program Admissions. See an advisor for details.

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 2017-2018

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

Preparatory Coursework

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

REA 091 or reading assessment score into REA 112 or higher. 0-4
MAT 095 or 097 or Module 35 in MAT 089A or 089B or higher, or placement into MAT 151 or higher 0-3
Subtotal 0-7

General Education Requirement

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses. * Include a course which fulfills the C or G requirements. A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Humanities and Social Science Requirement 6
Subtotal* 6

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

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 2
VET 200LB Anesthetic and Surgical Nursing Lab 1
VET 205 Radiology and Imaging Techniques 2
VET 205LB Radiology and Imaging Techniques Lab 1
VET 210 Veterinary Nursing Procedures: Large Animal Care 1
VET 210LB Veterinary Nursing Procedures Lab: Large Animal Care 1
VET 211 Veterinary Nursing Procedures: Avian, Exotic, and Lab Animals 1
VET 211LB Veterinary Nursing Procedures Lab: Avian, Exotic, and Lab Animals 1
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

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
BIO 156IN*** Intro Biology Allied Health 4
  or BIO 181IN*** General Biology I: Majors [SUN# BIO 1181
CHM 130IN *** Fundamentals of Chemistry [SUN# CHM 1130] 4
  or CHM 151IN *** General Chemistry I [SUN# CHM 1151]
STU 100 College Study Skills 1
WRT 101 English Composition I [SUN# ENG 1101] 3
Subtotal 12
Total 65-72
* General Education requires 15-17 credits. This subtotal shows the Gen Ed credits not fulfilled by preparatory coursework, core, or support courses.

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

*** Biology and Chemistry within the last eight years with a C or better, or met by assessment. If met through assessment, additional electives may be needed to fulfill the General Education Math or Science Requirement and to meet the 60 credit minimum for degrees; see an advisor for guidance.