Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer
Award: Associate of Applied Science
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. 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 AVMA website.
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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|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|
|CHM:110||Introduction to Chemistry OR||3.0|
|SDV:179||The College Experience||3.0|
|AGS:224||Companion Animal Science||3.0|
|AGS:244||Applied Animal Disease Prevention and Treatment||2.0|
|AGV:111||Small Animal Laboratory Techniques||2.0|
|AGV:930||Industrial Veterinary Technician Internship||2.0|
|AGS:334||Applied Reproduction Techniques||2.0|
|AGV:156||Veterinary Reception and Administration Skills||2.0|
|AGV:248||Surgery and Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians||2.0|
|AGV:184||Lab Animal Medicine||2.0|
|AGV:247||Large Animal Imaging and Surgery||2.0|
|AGV:266||Advanced Veterinary Nursing Care||2.0|
|*||Psychology Elective (transfer-level)||3.0|
|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.
Salary and opening information provided by NICC Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Dairy Center, Critters & Such Pet Care (Decorah, IA)
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240
Animal Science Instructor
Large 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)