Large Animal Veterinary Technician

Agriculture and Animal Sciences

The focus of this program is large animal medicine, but all aspects of veterinary technician medicine are covered. The program utilizes the College’s dairy and beef herd and animal from commercial enterprises to develop exposure to different species and to different aspects of veterinary medicine. Transportation to off campus worksites is the student’s responsibility. The skills acquired in this program will give the graduate the ability to work for a veterinary clinic and many aspects of the veterinary industry such as sales and corporate and private animal nursing. The skills required for completion of this program are set by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Credits: 67
Locations: Calmar
Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $15,008*
Program Supplies: $235

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook

$19,816 - 72,008

Estimated annual salary range for Agriculture and Animal Sciences graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.

View Career Details
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, or SAT® test scores. Reading and writing scores are valid for three years, and math scores are valid for two years.
  4. View the Program Admission Checklist.

In addition to the College admission procedures outlined, applicants must be a high school graduate or equivalent, complete a personal interview with faculty, achieve a minimum ACCUPLACER WRITEPLACER® score of 5, and a minimum ALEKS® score of 45. ACT® and SAT® scores are also acceptable. 

As a safety precaution, all students are required to be vaccinated for rabies prior to beginning the program.

View the Large Animal Veterinary Technician Program Admission Checklist.

Apply Now Request Information

Academic requirements, program details and any additional admission requirements for this program can be found on the program page in the college catalog.


The Large Animal Veterinary Technician Program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA)

Licensure and Certification Disclosure

Successful completion of this program leads to a professional licensure or certification. Use this state guide to identify the states in which NICC program requirements fulfill the state guidelines for professional licensure and certification.

VTNE Pass Rates

Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE)Three Year Pass PercentageJuly 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 23
Three-year VTNE Pass Percentage 47.83%

Related Student Organizations

  • Veterinary Technician Club


  • Dairy Center

Bruce Bearinger
Dean of Agriculture, Animal Science and Transportation

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 8128
  • Location: Dairy Center

Christopher Harvey
Veterinary Technician Program Director

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 8118
  • Location: Dairy Center

Kelli Hovey
Veterinary Technology Program Instructor

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 8131
  • Location: Dairy Center