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Large Animal Veterinary Technician

Campus Location: Calmar

Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Award: Associate of Applied Science


The Large Animal Veterinary Technician program is accredited by the AVMA 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. Students may continue their education leading to a bachelor's or doctorate degree.

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 website:

Large Animal Veterinary Technician

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

In addition to the College admission requirements outlined, students must be high school graduates or equivalent and meet the minimum entrance requirement (ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra 75 and ACCUPLACER Writing 6) 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.

View the Large Animal Veterinary Technician Program Admission Checklist.

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Large Animal Veterinary Technician

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 73.5

View the printable Ed Plan.

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
* Computer Elective 1.5


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:220 Veterinary Clinics 2.0
AGV:248 Surgery and Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians 2.0
AGV:180 Veterinary Radiology 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


Computer Electives: BCA:112, BCA:212, SDV:200
Psychology Elective:  PSY:112 recommended

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

Large Animal Veterinary Technician

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary (Statewide)

$22,337 - $28,594

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Large Animal Veterinary Technician

Additional Information:

Related Student Organizations

Rodeo Club


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


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

Chris Harvey
Animal Science Instructor
866.474.4692, ext.118


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