Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program (2022)

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Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program (1)

Program Type

Associate Degree

Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program (2)

Delivery Method

On Campus

Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program (3)

Course Length

Approximately
18 months

Program Objective

This associate degree program will give you the knowledge and training to work as an capable entry-level veterinary technician. Courses address both clinical training and administrative skills, including but not limited to medical terminology, animal anatomy, office management, examination techniques and the radiologic, dental and surgical procedures of animal care. Graduates of the program will be able to proficiently assist veterinarians in many different veterinary medicine environments.

What Is a Veterinary Technician?

What Does a Veterinary Technician Do?

What will i Learn?

How Do I Get Certified as a Veterinary Technician After Graduation?

What Is a Veterinary Technician?

What Does a Veterinary Technician Do?

What will i Learn?

How Do I Get Certified as a Veterinary Technician After Graduation?

All Locations

Find this program at one of the following Pima Medical Institute campuses.

East Valley, AZPhoenix, AZTucson, AZChula Vista, CASan Marcos, CAAurora, COColorado Springs, COAlbuquerque, NMLas Vegas, NVEl Paso, TXHouston, TXSan Antonio, TXRenton, WASeattle, WA

Careers as a Veterinary Technician

What Are My Career Opportunities as a Veterinary Technician?

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What Are My Career Opportunities as a Veterinary Technician?

This associate degree program will prepare graduates to apply their skills in a variety of environments, such as:

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Laboratories
  • Ranches
  • Zoos
  • Biomedical facilities
  • Wildlife facilities
  • Humane societies
  • Animal control facilities
  • Wildlife facilities
  • Other professional veterinary settings
Job Outlook

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Job Outlook

Employment is expected to grow as veterinarians continue to utilize technicians and technologists to do general care and lab work on household pets.

The availability of advanced veterinary services, such as preventive dental care and surgical procedures, may provide opportunities for veterinary professionals specializing in those areas. Biomedical facilities, diagnostic laboratories, wildlife facilities, humane societies and animal control facilities may provide more jobs for veterinary technicians.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of veterinary technologists and technicians is projected to grow significantly from 2020 to 2030.

When you’re a Pima Medical Institute student, you get access to our Career Services team—here for you when you need extra help with finding the right job opportunities, building a resume, strengthening your interview skills or just looking for general guidance.

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Clinical Externships

At Pima Medical Institute, most programs allow students to work in their field through clinical externships—a chance to be mentored by full-time professionals and interface with real patients.

In addition to real-world experience, clinical externships offer students resume-worthy opportunities, letters of recommendation from supervisors and sometimes job placement directly after graduation.

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Program Outline

Learn more about the courses in this program.

Program Outline for All Locations Except El Paso

Professional Sequence I

CCM 111

Communications*

MTH 129

Math Applications*

SCI 120

Foundations in Biology and Chemistry*

VTT 176

Introduction to Veterinary Technology*

Professional Sequence II

VTT 222

Food and Fiber Animal

VTT 224

Diagnostic Imaging for Veterinary Technicians

VTT 226

Small Animal Nursing for Veterinary Technicians

Professional Sequence III

VTT 232

Laboratory Animal Science

VTT 234

Laboratory Procedures for Veterinary Technicians

VTT 236

Anatomy and Physiology for Veterinary Technicians

Professional Sequence IV

VTT 242

Dentistry Techniques

VTT 244

Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians

VTT 246

Surgical Nursing for Veterinary Technicians

VTT 248

Clinical Surgery and Lab

Professional Sequence V

VTT 252

Exotic Animal Medicine and Nursing

VTT 254

Equine Medicine and Nursing

VTT 256

Emergency Procedures

VTT 258

Clinic Surgery and Lab

Externship

VTT 262

Veterinary Technician Seminar*

VTT 291

Externship

*Program length: day classes total 77 weeks and evening classes total 86 weeks. The total number of program hours is 1,775 at all campuses except in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas campus program hours total 1,820 and includes one additional 3 credit class presented online or on-ground (HST 205 Nevada History and US Constitution). Graduates of this program are granted an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Program Outline for El Paso

Semester I

CCB 115

Computer Basics

VTA 127

Comparative Veterinary Anatomy, Physiology and Terminology

VTA 130

Clinical Lab Procedures and Pathology

VTA 132

Clinical Proficiency

VTA 165

Pharmacology and Principles of Anesthesia

Semester II

MT 100

Math Fundamentals

VTA 110

Office Procedures

VTA 133

Clinical Proficiency

VTA 150

Animal Life Stages, Nutrition and Husbandry

VTA 160

Animal Nursing and Diagnostic Imaging

VTA 170

Aseptic Technique and Surgical Assisting

Semester III

CCM 111

Communications

MTH 129

Math Applications

PSY 102

Introduction to Psychology

SCI 120

Foundations in Biology and Chemistry

VTT 176

Introduction to Veterinary Technolog

VTT 242

Dentistry Techniques

Semester IV

VTT 222

Food and Fiber Animal

VTT 224

Diagnostic Imaging for Veterinary Technicians

VTT 226

Small Animal Nursing

VTT 232

Laboratory Animal Science

VTT 236

Anatomy and Physiology for Veterinary Technicians

VTT 239

Laboratory Procedures for Veterinary Technicians

Semester V

VTT 244

Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians

VTT 246

Surgical Nursing for Veterinary Technicians

VTT 252

Exotic Animal Medicine and Nursing

VTT 254

Equine Medicine and Nursing

VTT 256

Emergency Procedures

VTT 273

Clinical Proficiency

Externship and Seminar

VTT 262

Veterinary Technician Seminar

VTT 292

Externship

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Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program (6)

Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program (7)

“After graduation, I took a position at a clinic in Galveston where the veterinary medical director worked at Moody Gardens, a resort and educational nature facility with an aquarium and rainforest. I have been able to work part time at the resort and I’ve just been offered a full-time position working at Moody Gardens as a zoo and marine technician.”

Sara Post, Veterinary Technician Graduate

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Pima Medical Blog

Check out our blog posts about the Veterinary Technician program. We provide insights, information, alumni spotlights, news and other valuable articles to keep you updated.

Pima Medical Institute Salutes Veterinary Technicians

As we round out this Veterinary Technician Week, we want to give a shout out to our veterinary technician and veterinary assistant program directors, instructors

This Self-Proclaimed Late Bloomer to Education is Thriving in her Veterinary Technician Career

Joanna Horne’s love of animals steered her toward a career in veterinary sciences. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at our Seattle campus and

This Grad Says Pima Medical Gave Him the Vital Skills He Needed for his Veterinary Career

Daniel Zormeier earned his bachelor’s degree in Equine Science. After graduation, he says he felt like he was still missing valuable clinical skills. When he

Veterinary Technician Blog Posts

Disclosures And Accreditations

The Veterinary Technician program is offered via on-ground and hybrid delivery methods. The program is available to residents of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington, and meets applicable licensure requirements in those states. While there may be online components, completion of this program requires on-ground attendance at the campus at which the student is enrolled and cannot be completed solely via distance education. Prospective students and enrolled students should understand that moving out of the state in which they enrolled may adversely impact a student’s ability to complete the program. If a student is planning to relocate outside of their state of enrollment he or she is required to discuss this with the Student Services Coordinator and/or Program Director.

In compliance with 34 CFR 668.43 Pima Medical Institute has made a reasonable effort to determine graduate eligibility for licensure in all states for programs designed and advertised as leading to licensure. The document below lists Pima Medical Institute programs and states where the curriculum meets licensure requirements, states where the curriculum does not meet licensure requirements, and states in which Pima Medical Institute has been unable to determine if the curriculum meets state licensure requirements. All consumers should be advised that due to the frequent changes to state statutes, rules, and regulations Pima Medical Institute cannot guarantee licensure based on the lists below.

State Licensure Determination Disclosure – Associate Degree

Contact information for state licensing boards in which Pima Medical Institute has determined the program does not meet state licensure requirements or where Pima Medical Institute has been unable to determine if the program meets state licensure requirements can be found below.

State Licensing Board Contact Information – VT

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Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) Performance Reporting (pdf)

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