Veterinary Technology

Veterinary technicians perform a variety of tasks including medical and surgical nursing procedures, laboratory testing, anestheia 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.

An education in veterinary technology leads to an Associate of Applied Science in veterinary technology and preparation for the Veterinary Technician National Examination for certification.

  • 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

Career Opportunities

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

Accreditation

Western Colorado Community College Veterinary Technology Program is in the process of submitting the required documentation to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for program approval as well as submitting an application for accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (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 matriculated into the Veterinary Technology Program until HLC approval is granted.  Students will not be eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam until AVMA CVTEA program approval is granted.  WCCC is working toward obtaining initial accreditation prior to graduation of the first cohort.