Production and Companion Animal Veterinary Technician

Agriculture and Animal Sciences

The Production and Companion Animal Veterinary Technician program is accredited by the AVMA CVTEA. As required by the AVMA all aspects of veterinary technician medicine is covered, with an extra focus on large animal medicine.  The program utilizes an on-site dairy and beef herd and animals from commercial enterprises to develop exposure to different species and to different facets 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 other aspects of the veterinary industry such as research, sales and commercial or private animal care.

The skills required for completion of this program are set by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The Veterinary Technology Student Essential and Recommended Skills List is located on the AVMA website.

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: $15,276*
Program Supplies: $1,795

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook


Estimated annual salary for Production and Companion Animal Veterinary Technician graduates represents median annual wage from EMSI's Analyst, Career Coach and Institutional Research data.

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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®, 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.

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Review the College catalog for program sequence, admissions and academic requirements.


The Production and Companion 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, 2018 - June 30, 2021
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 23
Three-year VTNE Pass Percentage 60.87%

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  • 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

Anne-Kristi Lee, DVM
Large Animal Veterinary Technician Instructor

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 8106
  • Location: Dairy Center