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: 75

Location: Calmar

Entry: Summer, Spring, Fall

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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). 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. Complete ACCUPLACER® admission testing. 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.
  3. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.

In addition to the College admission requirements outlined, students must be high school graduates or equivalent and meet the minimum entrance requirement on a basic skills assessment for placement in ENG:105 and MAT:120 or have completed ENG:021 or MAT:102 with a minimum grade of C-. Additional requirements include a personal interview with the Large Animal Veterinary Technician department. As a safety precaution, all students are required to be vaccinated for rabies prior to beginning the program.

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Academic Requirements

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Term 1
AGS:218 Domestic Animal Physiology 4.0
AGV:106 Animal Handling, Records, and Procedural Management 2.0
AGV:121 Veterinary Medical Terminology 2.0
AGV:246 Large Animal Diagnostics 2.0
BIO:112 General Biology 4.0
CHM:110 Introduction to Chemistry 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
AGS:244 Applied Animal Disease Prevention and Treatment 2.0
AGV:111 Small Animal Laboratory Techniques 2.0
BIO:183 Microbiology 3.0
BIO:184 Microbiology Lab 1.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 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:220 Veterinary Clinics 2.0
AGV:248 Surgery and Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians 2.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0


Term 5
AGS:319 Animal Nutrition 3.0
AGV:140 Veterinary Pharmacology 3.0
AGV:184 Lab Animal Medicine 2.0
AGV:247 Large Animal Imaging and Surgery 2.0
AGV:266 Advanced Veterinary Nursing Care 2.0
MAT:120 College Algebra 3.0
* Psychology Elective (transfer-level) 3.0


Term 6
AGV:931 Clinical Veterinary Technician Internship 2.0


Psychology Elective:  PSY:112 recommended

Note: Students must attain a minimum grade of C- in all required course work.


Employment Information

With an annual income range of $19,094 - $35,006 and a projected growth of 16.7%, the career outlook for Large Animal Veterinary Technician graduates is outstanding.

Salary Source: Institutional Effectiveness; Salary range represents 10th-90th percentile earnings for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2010-2020.

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 Technican Program Director
866.474.4692, ext.118