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Veterinary technicians perform a variety of tasks including medical and surgical nursing procedures, laboratory testing, anesthesia induction, recovery maintenance, monitoring, holding and restraining animals during exams and treatments, collecting specimens, taking diagnostic X-rays, administering medication or treatments, assisting in surgery and assisting with client education.

Western Colorado Community College (WCCC) Veterinary Technology Program has achieved program approval through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is in the process of completing accreditation requirements for accreditation through the AVMA CVTEA.  The AVMA CVTEA application does not guarantee accreditation nor does it grant any temporary status of accreditation. While students may take classes that are potentially required for a degree, students will not be eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam until AVMA CVTEA program approval is granted.  WCCC is actively seeking this accreditation.

Because of the strong interest in this program, admission is a selective process. This means that in addition to the minimum requirements there will be a selection process which will include an application and an interview.  You may download the application packet by clicking on this link -> Veterinary Technician Application

Why choose the Veterinary Technology Program at WCCC?

  • Integrated learning with local veterinarians ensures real life learning experiences for job market readiness.
  • Clinical experience during every semester provides hands-on opportunities to gain proficiency in skills.
  • Access to state-of-the-art medical equipment.
  • Skill building in a wide variety of professional roles within the veterinary field and with a wide variety of animal species.

The Veterinary Technology program is for those who wish to develop careers as an important member of the veterinary team and who are passionate about providing quality care to animals.

Academic Requirements for Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology

Career Opportunities

  • Private veterinary practice
  • Research laboratories
  • Kennels
  • Zoos
  • Local, state and federal agencies

Program Faculty