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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.

Program Prerequisites

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 097 Intermediate Algebra or higher, or math assessment 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.

Communication Requirement 6
Humanities and Social Science Requirement 6
Subtotal 12

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 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

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] 5
  or CHM 151IN  General Chemistry I [SUN# CHM 1151]
CSA 100*** Computer Literacy 1
Subtotal 10
Total 69

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and/or support courses:  Analysis and Critical Thinking - The BIO and CHM support courses and the Mathematics preparatory coursework/placement fulfill this requirement; Computer and Information Literacy - CSA 100 fulfills this requirement.  The C or G requirement must also be met.

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

*** CIS/CSA 104 may be substituted for CSA 100.