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

Contact email: harveyc@nicc.edu

Description

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 Composition I or have completed ENG:021 Foundations of Writing with a minimum grade of C- and received a qualifying placement score in MAT:120 College Algebra or have completed MAT:102 Intermediate Algebra 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.

Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
CourseTitleCredits
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
CourseTitleCredits
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
CourseTitleCredits
AGV:930 Industrial Veterinary Technician Internship 2.0

 

Term 4
CourseTitleCredits
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
CourseTitleCredits
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.

*Electives

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

With an annual income range of $21,120 - $26,776 and a projected growth of 2.8%, the career outlook for Large Animal Veterinary Technician graduates is growing.

Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2016-2020.

Additional Information

Related Student Organizations

Veterinary Technician Club

Facilities

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

Accreditation

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)

Contacts

Lenny Graves
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240
gravesl@nicc.edu

Chris Harvey
Veterinary Technican Program Director
866.474.4692, ext.118
harveyc@nicc.edu