Large Animal Veterinary Technician

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Large Animal Veterinary Technician

Subject Area: Agriculture and Animal Sciences

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: 72

Location: Calmar

Entry: Summer, Spring, Fall


The Large Animal Veterinary Technician program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). 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). The Veterinary Technology Student Essential and Recommended Skills List is located on the AVMA website.

Admissions Requirements
  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. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.

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.

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.

Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
AGS:218 Domestic Animal Physiology 4.0
AGV:121 Veterinary Medical Terminology 2.0
AGV:246 Large Animal Diagnostics 2.0
AGV:247 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 ChemistryOR 3.0
CHM:160 Chemistry I 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0


Term 2
AGS:224 Companion Animal Science 3.0
AGS:242 Animal Health 3.0
AGV:140 Veterinary Pharmacology 3.0
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


Term 3
AGV:930 Industrial Veterinary Technician Internship 2.0


Term 4
AGS:331 Animal Reproduction 3.0
AGS:334 Applied Reproduction 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


Term 5
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:930 Industrial Veterinary Technician Internship is subject to Iowa State's schedule and will be held every-other-year.


Psychology Elective:  PSY:112 recommended

Note: 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.

Employment Information

The annual income range for Large Animal Veterinary Technician graduates is $21,120 - $26,776.

Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district.

Additional Information

Related Student Organizations

Veterinary Technician Club


Dairy Center, Critters & Such Pet Care (Decorah, IA)


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


Lenny Graves
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240

Chris Harvey
Veterinary Technician Program Director
866.474.4692, ext.118