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Campus: Larimer Campus

Veterinary Technology Associate of Applied Science

My Academic Plan

Courses are displayed to show the fastest path to your degree and should be completed in the order listed. This program functions as cohorts starting fall and spring semester of each academic year. If you have questions or concerns about your MAP, please see your Program Director or Pathways Advisor.

Program Description

This program is designed for students wanting to complete a two-year AAS Degree in Veterinary Technology and enter the workforce. Students explore the technical and problem solving skills required for veterinary health care. This degree trains students in veterinary health and handling of a variety of animals including household pets, food animals, exotics, birds, and common laboratory animal species. The program covers topics such as anatomy and physiology, radiology, parasitology, medical and surgical nursing, anesthesia, and pharmacology. Upon completion of the Veterinary Technician degree, students will be prepared to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). Once they pass the VTNE, they can apply to become certified as a veterinary technician in the state of Colorado and pursue a career in a veterinary clinic or other relevant career path.

Learn more about this program.

First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIO 111General College Biology I w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

ENGLISH ENG 121/122/131

3

VET 102Veterinary Medical Terminology

1

CIS 109Management Software: Using AVImark

1

MAT 103Math for Clinical Calculations

3

Total Credit Hours:13

Semester Note: Register for MAT 103 and CIS 109 the semester prior to entering the VET program.

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
VET 120Office Procedures and Relations

2

VET 116Humane Treatment Handling of Animals

3

VET 205Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology I

4

VET 108Introduction to Laboratory Procedures

3

VET 134Diagnostic Imaging

2

Total Credit Hours:14

Third Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
VET 106Exotic Animal Handling

2

VET 115Surgical Nursing

2

VET 206Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology II

4

VET 224Pharmacology Veterinary Tech

3

VET 241Clinical Laboratory Procedures

4

Total Credit Hours:15

Fourth Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
VET 225Anesthesiology

3

VET 227Animal Nutrition

2

VET 238Small Animal Nursing

2

VET 239Large Animal Nursing

2

BIO 204Microbiology w/Lab: GT-SC1

4

VET 180Internship

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Fifth Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
VET 242Veterinary Critical Care

2

VET 250Clinical Competency Evaluation

1

VET 282Internship

7

VET 283Internship

1

VET 278Workshop

1

INTERNSHIPVET 172/270/279/281

1

Total Credit Hours:13

Total Credit Hours: 71

Important Program Notes: 

You may complete the microbiology requirement in any semester including summer semesters. Biology coursework must be completed within the last seven years.

VET 109 can be taken in addition to program requirements to help students explore different opportunities within veterinary medicine.