AAS in Veterinary Technology

The Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology program at Sanford-Brown is intended for students who wish to gain the technical skills necessary to find employment as veterinary technicians. Learn more about Sanford-Brown's AAS in Veterinary Technology here.

Official Program Name:

Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology

School Offering Program:

Sanford-Brown College

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology program should have a desire to work with animals, providing both physical and emotional care. Potential Sanford-Brown students must live in close proximity to campus locations.

Program Description:

The Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology program at Sanford-Brown offers students the opportunity to study medical terminology, animal anatomy and physiology, normal and abnormal animal behavior, care management of captive animals, animal disease, and quarantine principles. Students can gain skills in diagnostic tools and techniques, techniques for clinical and research laboratories, veterinary anesthesia and pain management, and methods for properly setting up an operating room. Students also have the opportunity to examine the organizational structure and business management of veterinary offices and hospitals, and participate in an externship.

Learning Format:

Offered at selected campuses

Program Length and Total Credits Required:

The Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology program consists of 98 credits and takes approximately 80 weeks to complete. It includes 28 general education credits, 6 professional studies credits, and 64 core curriculum credits.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Sanford-Brown's opportunities include federal and institutional grants and scholarships. Students can find out more information about financial aid opportunities from campus Financial Aid Representatives.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change and may vary by campus. Contact Sanford-Brown to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Veterinary Technology Courses

  • VT 101: Introduction to Veterinary Technology I (4 credits)
  • VT 110: Introduction to Veterinary Technology II (4 credits)
  • VT 120: Animal Care Management I (4 credits)
  • VT 125: Animal Health Management (4 credits)
  • VT 130: Pharmacology and Medical Math (2 credits)
  • VT 135: Diagnostic Techniques (4 credits)
  • VT 140: Veterinary Laboratory Techniques I (4 credits)
  • VT 145: Veterinary Medicine Topics I (4 credits)
  • VT 155: Veterinary Anesthesia Topics (4 credits)
  • VT 160: Office and Hospital Management I (2 credits)
  • VT 170: Veterinary Surgery Topics (4 credits)
  • VT 220: Animal Care Management II (4 credits)
  • VT 240: Veterinary Laboratory Techniques II (4 credits)
  • VT 245: Veterinary Medicine Topics II (4 credits)
  • VT 250: Veterinary Medicine Topics III (4 credits)
  • VT 260: Office and Hospital Management II (2 credits)
  • VT 270: Veterinary Clinical Preceptorship (4 credits)
  • VT 280: Test Preparation/ Skills Review Course (2 credits)

Professional Studies Courses

  • PS 102: Investment in Success (4 credits)
  • PD 103: Professional Development (2 credits)

General Education Courses

  • CHM 102: Physiologic Chemistry (2 credits)
  • COM 150: Effective Communications (2 credits)
  • CSS 103: Introduction to Information Management (4 credits)
  • ENG 101: English I (4 credits)
  • ENG 102: English II (4 credits)
  • HUM 171: American Literature (4 credits)
  • MTH 120: Algebra (4 credits)
  • PSY 101: Psychology (4 credits)

Career Paths:

Students who successfully complete Sanford-Brown's AAS in Veterinary Technology can seek state- and board-certification before pursuing entry-level positions in veterinary offices, shelters, or animal research programs. Some positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Veterinary technician
  • Veterinary assistant
  • Veterinary receptionist

Sanford-Brown does not guarantee employment or salary. Registration #03-07-1680T