Veterinary Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology

Center for Health Sciences at Lowry

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.

This is a full-time 5 semester program that 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. The students of Community College of Denver Veterinary Technology Program are encouraged to be self-directed in their learning and to establish high standards of professional and personal excellence.

Graduates are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination and have been able to rapidly find placement in the veterinary health care community. Community College of Denver Veterinary Technology program is one of only two Community College of Colorado programs located in the Denver Metro area offering an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology.

Community College of Denver offers one of the most respected Veterinary Technology programs in the state.

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BIO 111General College Biology I with Lab: GT-SC15
Or a General Biology with Lab
ENG 121English Composition I : GT-CO13
Or ENG 131:Technical Writing I
MAT 103Math for Clinical Calculations3
Total Credits11


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
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
Third Semester
COM 115 Public Speaking 3
PSY 101 General Psychology I: GT-SS3 3
Or SOC 101
Introduction to Sociology I: GT-SS3 
VET 134 Diagnostic Imaging 2
VET 187 Cooperative Education: Diagnostic Imaging 1
Fourth Semester
VET 225 Anesthesiology 3
VET 227 Animal Nutrition 2
VET 241 Clinical Laboratory Procedures 4
VET 281 Internship II 3
Fifth Semester
VET 232 Veterinary Dentistry 1
VET 240 Veterinary Medicine and Surgery 4
VET 242 Veterinary Critical Care 2
VET 243 Veterinary Diagnostic Microbiology 3
VET 250 Clinical Competency Evaluation 1
VET 282 Internship III 4
 Total Credits64

Certificate in Veterinary Technology Assistant

Center for Health Sciences at Lowry

Veterinary Technology Assistant Certificate

The Veterinary Technician Assistant Certificate program provides training in veterinary health and handling of a variety of domestic and exotic species, with the focus on tasks for assisting the Veterinary Technician and Veterinarians. Veterinary Technician Assistants do not diagnose animal illnesses, prescribe treatment, or perform surgery. This is a 15-week program that provides an introduction to the field of veterinary medicine, but is not intended to provide admission to a college of veterinary medicine.

Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of a high school diploma or GED
  2. Achievement of indicated assessment scores or completion of preparatory course work.

Students must be admitted to the Veterinary Technician Assistant program in order to take the curriculum courses as shown below.

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

Program Requirements

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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