Large Animal Veterinary Technician
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 herd, a commercial companion animal hospital and internships to develop exposure to different species and to different aspects of veterinary medicine. Transportation to the commercial companion animal clinic 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).
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
- Apply for admission.
- Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
- 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®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.
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® writing score of 6, and a minimum ALEKS® score of 45. ACT® or ACT Compass® scores are also acceptable for writing. As a safety precaution, all students are required to be vaccinated for rabies prior to beginning the program.
As a safety precaution, all students are required to be vaccinated for rabies prior to beginning the program.
|AGS:218||Domestic Animal Physiology||4.0|
|AGV:121||Veterinary Medical Terminology||2.0|
|AGV:246||Large Animal Diagnostics||2.0|
|AGV:267||Dosage Calculations for Veterinary Technicians||1.0|
|BIO:112||General Biology I OR||4.0|
|BIO:113||General Biology II||4.0|
|CHM:110||Intro to Chemistry OR||3.0|
|SDV:179||The College Experience||3.0|
|AGS:224||Companion Animal Science||3.0|
|AGV:930||Industrial Veterinary Technician Internship||2.0|
|AGS:334||Applied Reproductive Techniques||2.0|
|AGV:156||Veterinary Reception and Administration Skills||2.0|
|AGV:248||Surgery and Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians||2.0|
|AGV:266||Advanced Veterinary Nursing Care||2.0|
|AGV:950||Special Projects II||1.0|
|*||Psychology Elective (transfer-level)||3.0|
|AGV:111||Small Animal Laboratory Techniques||2.0|
|AGV:184||Lab Animal Medicine||2.0|
|AGV:247||Large Animal Imaging and Surgery||2.0|
|AGV:931||Clinical Veterinary Technician Internship||2.0|
|AGV:141||Advanced Veterinary Pharmacology||2.0|
To graduate from this program, students must complete all required coursework with a "C-" grade or above and earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
**AGV:930 Industrial Veterinary Technician Internship is subject to Iowa State's schedule and will be held every-other-year.
Psychology Elective: PSY:112 recommended
The Large Animal Veterinary Technician Program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA)
VTNE Pass Rates
|Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE)Three Year Pass Percentage||July 1, 2016-June 30, 2019|
|Number of first-time test takers passing the VTNE||5|
|Total number of first-time test takers||13|
|Three-year VTNE pass percentage||38.46%|
Related Student Organizations
- Veterinary Technician Club
- Dairy Center
Christopher Carlson, Ed.D.
Dean of Career and Technical Education
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2168
- Location: Peosta
Veterinary Technician Program Director
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 8118
- Location: Dairy Center
Veterinary Technology Program Instructor
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 8131
- Location: Dairy Center