Schools for Aspiring Large Animal Vet Techs

Dec 08, 2019

Large animal veterinary technicians and technologists assist and work under the direct supervision of veterinarians. Certificate, associate and bachelor's degree programs in veterinary technology with large animal specialization options are available. Traditional and online options can be found, though most programs do require student participation in mentored and supervised internships.

Many U.S. schools offer academic programs for students interested in careers as veterinary technicians. These programs offer a wide range of training and education in animal health care.

10 Schools with Veterinary Technology Programs

These schools offer undergraduate-level veterinary technology programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*
Portland Community College Portland, OR 2-year, Public Associate $4,340 in-state, $9,200 out-of-state
Purdue University West Lafayette, IN 4-year, Public Associate, Bachelor's $9,992 in-state, $28,794 out-of-state
Central Oregon Community College Bend, OR 2-year, Public Associate $3,951 in-district, $5,373 in-state, $10,575 out-of-state
Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ 2-year, Public Associate $2,070 in-state, $7,854 out-of-state
Colby Community College Colby, KS 2-year, Public Associate $3,608 in-district, $3,758 in-state, $5,298 out-of-state
Community College of Denver Denver, CO 2-year, Public Certificate $4,750 in-state, $15,830 out-of-state
Murray State College Tishomingo, OK 2-year, Public Associate $6,010 in-state, $12,160 out-of-state
Austin Community College Austin, TX 2-year, Public Associate $2,550 in-district, $10,830 in-state, $13,020 out-of-state
Kent State University - Trumbull Warren, OH 4-year, Public Associate $5,834 in-state, $14,332 out-of-state
Tulsa Community College Tulsa, OK 2-year, Public Associate $3,349 in-state, $8,581 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Here are some things to consider for students seeking a school in this field:

  • Prospective students may want to look into a school's coverage of large animal topics in the curriculum.
  • Prospective students may want to find out where internships are offered, to make sure that options are available at veterinary clinics or other settings in which large animals are treated.
  • Students should make sure that a program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and it can be helpful to find out what the pass rate is for graduates on the National Veterinary Technician Examination (VTNE).
  • It can be helpful for students to get information about a school's lab facilities in order to make sure that they'll get hands-on training with industry-standard equipment used to treat large animals.

Certificate for Large Animal Vet Techs

Certificate program prerequisites vary among schools, from requiring extensive work experience to completion of specific undergraduate courses prior to enrollment. Students typically participate in several short-term clerkships.

Associate Degree for Large Animal Vet Techs

Associate degree programs typically take two years to complete and often qualify graduates to become state licensed or certified. Fundamental education in anatomy and medical terminology segue into more advanced subjects. Students gain practical experience through lab work and internships at various veterinary settings. Large animal topics are typically standard within the curriculum.

Bachelor's Degree for Large Animal Vet Techs

Bachelor's programs typically offer more extensive supervised practicums and internships than certificate and associate degree programs, and students can often find elective courses covering large animal topics. Completion of a bachelor's degree program can also prepare vet techs to enter veterinary school.

Veterinary technology programs are available at the undergraduate level, preparing students for work with large animals. Students can choose between them based on curriculum and internship offerings.

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