Veterinary Technology

About the Program

Few professions can give you as much satisfaction as working with animals, but you’ll need the best training possible to succeed in this career field. Iowa Western’s Veterinary Technology study program will send you on your way after earning an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Iowa Western graduates are working in many areas of the animal science industry, including large and small veterinary clinics, animal shelters, clinical laboratories, zoos, animal research facilities, and biomedical facilities.

Iowa Western’s new state-of-the-art Veterinary Technology facility and personable instructors are two of attractive features of this program. Students learn valuable skills in surgical labs and participate in animal care and kennel duty every day. Vaccination clinics are held on campus, giving students hands-on experience with animals of many different species. Graduates become eligible for the Veterinary Technician National Examination and the Iowa Veterinary Technician Examination to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. This field increases in demand each year.

Career Information

This program is designed to place students into the workforce upon completion of the two-year degree. Veterinary Technologists assist veterinarians in the examination, diagnosis, treatment, and care of animals in a veterinary clinic, animal hospital, or research facility. Graduates of this program can find employment in many sectors including small and large private animal practices, animal shelters and humane societies, clinical laboratories, education, zoos, government research, and the biomedical industry. Upon graduation of the program, students are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and the Iowa Veterinary Technician Examination to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). The employment opportunities for veterinary technologists are expected to increase by 41% through the year 2016.

Salary Information

Salary: Omaha-Council Bluffs MSA
Average: $27,135 or $13.05/hour
Entry Level: $9.61/hour
Experienced: $14.77/hour

* Salary information from www.ihaveaplaniowa.org as reported by the US Dept of Labor www.bls.gov.

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall Only
Program Length: 4 Semesters, 1 Summer
Award: A.A.S.
Accreditation: American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) & Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) Average Class Size: 16
Program Capacity: 32
Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time Only
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus