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Dr. Kimberly Focht DVM

Veterinary Tech


Office: TC 50 - Room: TC 423A

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Veterinary Technology/Animal Health

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Veterinary Technology/Animal Health prepares students for careers in veterinary technology which require knowledge and skills involving basic medical sciences, animal care and management, veterinary medical care, and client communications and service. Veterinary technicians function as the paraprofessional support staff to veterinarians, bio-medical researchers, other scientists, and animal control and humane organizations.

Career Opportunities:

  • Small animal practice
  • Large animal practice
  • Emergency and Specialty practice
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Military
  • Humane societies/Shelters
  • Veterinary Supply sales
  • Public Health Organizations
  • Pet Food Industry
  • and many others

Program Description

The Veterinary Technology/Animal Health program at Mesa Community College is a rigorous and challenging AVMA-accredited program and provides instruction in small animal, large animal, and laboratory animal medical and surgical nursing, laboratory techniques, office protocol, emergency medicine, specialty medicine, and other topics. Instruction also includes practical clinical internship experience in veterinary emergency, large animal, small animal, and specialty practices, as well as in zoos, laboratories, humane societies, and other facilities. 

The curriculum combines courses in animal science and animal health with a general education component. Upon completion of the program, the student will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology/Animal Health degree. Graduates from the program are eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) to become certified. 

Program Notes:   Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all program prerequisites and required courses.

Program competencies:

Admission Criteria

High School Graduation or G.E.D equivalency. Completion of  Program  Prerequisites with a "C" or better and Admission to the Veterinary Technology/Animal Health Program. We have a competitive admissions process. Please see  Program Admission Page

Three year pass rate (based on a July 1 to June 30 reporting year) on the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) includes current results for 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 graduates.
Eligible first time test takers 45
# first-time candidates taken VTNE


Three-year pass rate 90.0%