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People rely on veterinary technicians to keep their pets healthy and to provide care when their animals are sick or injured. The Veterinary Technology program at MCC provides you with the skills and knowledge you’ll need to become a professional veterinary technician, providing support to practicing veterinarians, biomedical researchers, and animal control and humane organizations, as well as government agencies.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Degree
Academic Plan
Veterinary Technology/Animal Health (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3015
Total Credits Required
73–78

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  • Participate in business and facility management by creating, maintaining, and filing appointment
    schedules, patient/client records, financial records, logs and inventory records, and by demonstrating effective client communication skills.
  • Utilize computers and computer software programs to facilitate creation, storage, and retrieval of data files.
  • Prepare and perform clinical laboratory specimen analysis, including hematology, urinalysis, blood chemistry, hemostasis, serology, cytology, parasitology, and necropsy.
  • Compare and contrast the anatomy and physiology of common domestic animals and apply that knowledge to performing common clinical procedures and treatments.
  • Perform proper techniques of basic husbandry, restraint and handling, physical examination and assessment, medication administration, clinical specimen collection, and medical treatment in a variety of animal species.
  • Assess the life-stage nutritional requirements for well animals, identify common feeds and feeding practices, and communicate the special nutritional requirements and feeding of diseased animals.
  • Demonstrate proper use and maintenance of veterinary diagnostic, surgical, and therapeutic equipment.
  • Identify therapeutic drugs, vaccines, and supplements used in veterinary medicine, and effectively communicate their mechanisms, common uses, side effects, and regulatory considerations.
  • Perform pharmacologic calculations, interpret and follow pharmacy orders, prepare and dispense drug prescriptions, and communicate drug information to the diverse client.
  • Operate and maintain diagnostic imaging equipment, and safely produce a variety of diagnostic images of animals.
  • Evaluate common veterinary anesthetic, surgical, and emergency procedures; perform surgical patient preparation, anesthetic monitoring, and surgical assistance. (CT, CO)
  • Differentiate common diseases of domestic animals, their agents, and principles of disease< prevention and treatment.
  • Utilize medical terminology in verbal and written communication and explain the principles of ethics and legal issues in veterinary technology.

Career Opportunities

If you love animals and are good with people as well, veterinary technology is a career path that allows you to capitalize on your strengths. Opportunities abound to work in a number of environments.

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians $32,430
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Program Prerequisites

Admission Criteria 

  • High school graduation or G.E.D equivalency
  • Completion of Program Prerequisites with a "C" or better (You can apply when in your last semester of prerequisite completion)
    • VET101 Introduction to Veterinary Technology (3)
      ***Starting Fall 2017 VET101 will replace ANS110AA*** ANS110AA will be grandfathered in for application until May 2019
    • ENG101 First Year Composition (3)
    • ENG102 First Year Composition (3) OR ENG111 Technical Writing
    • CRE101 (3) ; Critical and Evaluative Reading
    • MAT120 (5) OR MAT121 (4) OR MAT122 (3) Intermediate Algebra (MAT141, MAT142 are not eligible for math pre-requisite)
    • CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry (3)
    • CHM130LL Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1)
    • BIO181 General Biology (Majors) (4) Must have been taken within 5 years of application
  • Have proof of Tetanus toxoid within the last 7 years
  • Animal-related work experience (volunteer or paid). A minimum 200 hours of documented experience required. Owning animals and pet sitting do not count toward work experience. A signed letter by supervisor/manager with hours documented is required for animal care experience to be considered.
  • 3 signed letters of reference
    • 1 College instructor from whom you took a course (preferably science based subject)
    • 1 Supervisor or other responsible person representing the site animal care related experience is obtained
    • 1 Personal reference from adult that is not an immediate or extended family member who has known you at least 3 years
  • Meet physical requirements of the job
    • Frequently lifting and carrying 40 pounds from the ground to waist level, and occasionally being able to lift fifty or more pounds with assistance. This is a physically demanding occupational field.
  • Complete and turn in a Veterinary Technology Program Application to the Veterinary Technology Program Director--Dr. Kimberly Focht before the deadline.

Want to apply to the Veterinary Technology program?

Please visit: mesacc.edu/vet-tech-admissions

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Term 1 Block 1

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
9-14
VET101 Introduction to Veterinary Technology requires attendance outside of scheduled class time PP 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL
Meets the General Education First-Year Composition area PP 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Or equivalent as indicated by assessment. Meets the General Education Critical Reading area PP 0–3
MAT120 or
MAT121 or
MAT122
Intermediate Algebra or
Intermediate Algebra or
Intermediate Algebra
Meets the General Education Mathematics area PP 3–5

Term 2 Block 1

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
11
ENG102 or
ENG108 or
ENG111
First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL or
Technical and Professional Writing
Meets the General Education First-Year Composition area PP 3
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry PP 3
CHM130LL Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory PP 1
BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I Meets the General Education Natural Sciences area PP 4

Term 3 Block 2

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
11
CIS105 or
BPC110
Survey of Computer Information Systems or
Computer Usage and Applications
RC 3
VET150 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology I Only offered in Fall RC 3
VET150LL Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I Only offered in Fall RC 1
EQS105 Principles of Equine Science Only offered in Fall at MCC, can be taken at SCC in Fall or Spring RC 3
EQS298AA Special Projects RC 1

Term 4 Block 2

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
15
VET132 Veterinary Office Management and Client Communication Only offered in Spring RC 3
VET151 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology II RC 3
VET112 Animal Nursing I RC 2
BIO205 Microbiology RC 4
VET230 Veterinary Radiology and Imaging for the Veterinary Technician RC 3

Term 5 Block 2

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6.5
VET250AA Veterinary Technician Internship RC 0.5
Oral Communication Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area. COM 3
Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area HU 3

Term 6 Block 3

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
11.5
VET200 Veterinary Clinical Pathology Methods RC 3
VET210 Animal Nursing II RC 2
VET220 Veterinary Pharmacology for the Veterinary Technician RC 3
VET223 Animal Diseases RC 3
VET250AB Veterinary Technician Internship RC 0.5

Term 7 Block 3

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
9
VET235 Veterinary Technician Proficiency RC 2
VET240 Veterinary Anesthesia, Surgery, and Emergency Nursing RC 3
VET250AC Veterinary Technician Internship RC 0.5
VET250AD Veterinary Technician Internship RC 0.5
ECN100 or
ECN211 or
ECN212
Economics in American Society or
Macroeconomic Principles or
Microeconomic Principles
SB 3

Note

It is recommended that students take the courses in Term 5 Block 2 during the summer.

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HUM = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology/Animal Health (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=108008).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.