Veterinary Technology

Center for Health Sciences at Lowry
CCD.edu/Vet-Tech

Veterinary Technology

Community College of Denver offers one of the most respected veterinary technology programs in the state. The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in veterinary technology prepares you to practice as a professional veterinary technician. The full-time, five-semester curriculum is a blend of academic and clinical coursework that requires attention to detail, motivation and the ability to complete tasks within a specified time frame. You are encouraged to be self-directed in your learning and to establish high standards of professional and personal excellence. Successful completion of the prerequisite courses and the full veterinary technology curriculum results in an A.A.S. degree in veterinary technology.

Graduates are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination and have been able to rapidly find placement in the veterinary healthcare community. Veterinary technicians are paraprofessional members of a veterinary team, assisting a doctor of veterinary medicine. Veterinary technicians perform a variety of tasks, including preparing examination rooms and surgery suites, holding and restraining animals during the exam and/or treatment, collecting specimens, performing routine laboratory procedures, taking diagnostic X-rays, administering medication or treatments, assisting in surgery, performing office skills, maintaining inventory of supplies and assisting with client education.

Career opportunities for veterinary technicians are available in a variety of settings, including private veterinary practices, research laboratories, kennels, zoos, and local, state and federal agencies. These experiences can lead to other job opportunities such as sales, animal hospital administration, teaching in a veterinary technology program and animal advocacy.

PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

For admission requirements and application, visit CCD.edu/Vet-Tech.

PREREQUISITES

BIO 111General College Biology I with Lab: GT-SC1 14
MAT 103Math for Clinical Calculations3
Choose One Composition Course3
English Composition I: GT-CO1
Technical Writing I
Total Credits10

COURSE MAP

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
VET 102 Veterinary Medical Terminology 1
VET 108 Introduction to Laboratory Procedures 3
VET 116 Humane Treatment and Handling of Animals 3
VET 120 Office Procedures and Relations 2
VET 205 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology I 4
 Subtotal13
Second Semester
VET 106 Exotic Animal Handling 2
VET 115 Surgical Nursing 2
VET 172 First Year Clinical Rotation 1
VET 182 Internship 2
VET 223 Introduction to Anesthesia 1
VET 206 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology II 4
VET 224 Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians 3
 Subtotal15
Third Semester
COM 115 Public Speaking 3
VET 134 Diagnostic Imaging 2
VET 280 Diagnostic Imagining Internship 1
Choose One Elective 3
General Psychology I: GT-SS3  
Introduction to Sociology I: GT-SS3  
 Subtotal9
Fourth Semester
VET 225 Anesthesiology 3
VET 227 Animal Nutrition 2
VET 241 Clinical Laboratory Procedures 4
VET 281 Internship II 3
 Subtotal12
Fifth Semester
VET 232 Veterinary Dentistry 1
VET 238 Small Animal Nursing 2
VET 239 Large Animal Nursing 2
VET 242 Veterinary Critical Care 2
VET 243 Veterinary Diagnostic Microbiology 3
VET 250 Clinical Competency Evaluation 1
VET 282 Internship III 4
 Subtotal15
 Total Credits64

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS COMPLETED FOR THE DEGREE: 74 CREDIT HOURS 

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BIO 111 is 5 credit hours at Community College of Denver, however a 4 credit hour transfer course in an equivalent biology course is allowed.

Center for Health Sciences at Lowry
CCD.edu/Vet-Tech

Veterinary Technology Assistant

The veterinary technology certificate is ideal for those seeking an introduction to veterinary medicine with a limited investment of time and money. The one-semester certificate program is a blend of academic and clinical coursework. As a veterinary technician assistant, you will support veterinary technicians and veterinarians. Veterinary technician assistants perform a variety of tasks, including preparing examination rooms and surgery suites, holding and restraining animals during the exam and/or treatment, collecting specimens, performing routine laboratory procedures, taking diagnostic X-rays, administering medication or treatments, assisting in surgery, performing office skills, maintaining inventory of supplies and assisting with client education.

Career opportunities for veterinary technician assistants are available in a variety of settings, including private veterinary practices, research laboratories, kennels, zoos, and local, state and federal agencies. These experiences can lead to other job opportunities such as sales, animal hospital administration.

PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

For admission requirements and application, visit CCD.edu/Vet-Tech.

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to graduation.

COURSE MAP

VET 101Career Development Animals2
VET 102Veterinary Medical Terminology1
VET 103Veterinary Assistant Restraint and Handling2
VET 113Vet Assist Surgical & Nursing Care3
VET 114Vet Assist Lab & Clinical Procedures3
VET 120Office Procedures and Relations2
VET 183Internship3
Total Credits16

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