Veterinary Technology, A.A.S.

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Program Information

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 the 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. The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The American Veterinary Medical Association can be contacted at 1931 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173; 1-800-248-2862;

Job Outlook

  • 600 Jobs (2020)
  • +14.8% Change (2020-2025)

What will you do

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.


  • Average: $15.47
  • Entry: $12.49
  • Experienced: $18.24

Career Examples

  • Veterinary Technicians
  •  Veterinary Assistants
  •  Patient Care Coordinators
  •  Animal Care Assistants
  •  Animal Caretakers
  •  Animal Technicians
  • Residential Counselors.

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First Semester

AGV 100 - Introduction to Veterinary Technology

AGV 110 - Principles of Veterinary Technology I

AGV 120 - Veterinary Medical Terminology

AGV 122 - Principles of Sanitation

AGV 104 - Veterinary Technology Anatomy and Physiology I

AGV 205 - Kennel Management and Animal Care I

Second Semester

AGV 115 - Principles of Veterinary Technology II

AGV 108 - Veterinary Technology Anatomy and Physiology II

AGV 135 - Clinical Pathology Lab Techniques I

AGV 140 - Veterinary Pharmacology

BIO 186 - Microbiology

AGV 207 - Kennel Management and Animal Care II


AGV 142 - Mathematics for Veterinary Technicians

AGV 145 - Animal Nutrition

AGV 805 - Veterinary Technology Internship I

ENG 105 - Composition I

Third Semester

AGV 147 - Large Animal Care

AGV 170 - Veterinary Anesthesiology

AGV 136 - Clinical Pathology Lab Techniques II

AGV 150 - Office Procedures for Veterinary Technicians

AGV 209 - Kennel Management and Animal Care III

Fourth Semester

AGV 149 - Avian, Exotic and Lab Animal Care

AGV 182 - Diagnostic Imaging

AGV 806 - Veterinary Technology Internship II

AGV 185 - Veterinary Surgical Assisting

MGT 195 - Workplace Empowerment

AGV 211 - Kennel Management and Animal Care IV

Total Semester Hours Required: 79.0


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.

Program Disclaimers

  • Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa