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 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).

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Credits: 73
Locations: Calmar
Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $16,206*
Program Supplies: $2,800 - 3,000

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.

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  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®, 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.

View the Large Animal Veterinary Technician Program Admission Checklist.

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2019-2020 Large Animal Veterinary Technician Class Schedule


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
CHM:160 Chemistry I 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0


AGS:224 Companion Animal Science 3.0
AGS:242 Animal Health 3.0
AGV:109 Pharmacy Skills 2.0
AGV:220 Veterinary Clinics 2.0
AGV:948 Special Projects 1.0
BIO:183 Microbiology 3.0
BIO:184 Microbiology Lab 1.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0


AGV:930 Industrial Veterinary Technician Internship 2.0


AGS:331 Animal Reproduction 3.0
AGS:334 Applied Reproductive Techniques 2.0
AGV:156 Veterinary Reception and Administration Skills 2.0
AGV:180 Veterinary Radiology 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


AGS:319 Animal Nutrition 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:951 VTNE Review 1.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0
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 PercentageJuly 1, 2016-June 30, 2019
VTNE Three Year Pass Percentage for 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
Chris Carlson

Christopher Carlson, Ed.D.
Dean of Career and Technical Education

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2168
  • Location: Peosta

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