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.