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.
Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:
- Academic Career
- Degree/Certificate Type
- Career and Technical Degree
- Academic Plan
- Veterinary Technology/Animal Health (AAS)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
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.
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.
|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.|
- 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
- VET101 Introduction to Veterinary Technology (3)
- 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
|VET101||Introduction to Veterinary Technology||requires attendance outside of scheduled class time||PP||3|
|First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL
|Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of "C" or better in ENG091 or ESL097.||Meets the General Education First-Year Composition area||PP||3|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||Prerequisites: (A grade of C or better in ENG101 or ENG107) and (appropriate reading placement test score or a grade of C or better in RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113 or permission of Instructor).||Or equivalent as indicated by assessment. Meets the General Education Critical Reading area||PP||0–3|
|Intermediate Algebra or
Intermediate Algebra or
|Prerequisites: An appropriate mathematics placement score, OR a grade of "C" or better for MAT090, or MAT091, or MAT092, OR (an appropriate diagnostic score, or a grade of "C" or better in each of the following courses: MAT055, MAT056, and MAT057).||Meets the General Education Mathematics area||PP||3–5|
Term 2 Block 1
|First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL or
Technical and Professional Writing
|Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101.||Meets the General Education First-Year Composition area||PP||3|
|CHM130||Fundamental Chemistry||Prerequisites: C or better in [CHM090 or MAT090 or MAT091 or MAT092 or (MAT103AA & MAT103AB) or higher or satisfactory placement score] and [RDG100 or higher or eligibility for CRE101], or permission of the Instructor/Department/Division Chair.||PP||3|
|CHM130LL||Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory||Prerequisites or Corequisites: A grade of "C" or better in CHM130.||PP||1|
|BIO181||General Biology (Majors) I||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in RDG100 or higher or eligibility for CRE101 as indicated by appropriate reading placement test score. One year of high school or one semester of college-level biology and chemistry is strongly recommended.||Meets the General Education Natural Sciences area||PP||4|
Term 3 Block 2
|Survey of Computer Information Systems or
Computer Usage and Applications
|VET150||Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology I||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in (BIO181, CHM130, CHM130LL, CRE101, ENG102, MAT120, and VET101) and admission to the Veterinary Technology/Animal Health Program.||Only offered in Fall||RC||3|
|VET150LL||Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I||Corequisites: VET150.||Only offered in Fall||RC||1|
|EQS105||Principles of Equine Science||Prerequisites: (RDG100 with a C or better or equivalent as indicated by placement), and ((MAT081, or MAT082, or MAT083) with a C or better or equivalent as indicated by placement), and (ENG091 with a C or better or equivalent as indicated by placement).||Only offered in Fall at MCC, can be taken at SCC in Fall or Spring||RC||3|
|EQS298AA||Special Projects||Prerequisites: Permission of Program Director or Instructor.||RC||1|
Term 4 Block 2
|VET132||Veterinary Office Management and Client Communication||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in VET101 or permission of Instructor.||Only offered in Spring||RC||3|
|VET151||Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology II||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in VET150 or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|VET112||Animal Nursing I||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in VET101 and admission to the Veterinary Technology/Animal Health program or permission of Instructor.||RC||2|
|BIO205||Microbiology||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in BIO156 or BIO156XT or BIO181 or BIO181XT or 1 yr of high school biology and RDG100 or higher or CRE101 eligibility by reading test score. CHM130 or higher or 1 yr of high school chemistry suggested but not required.||RC||4|
|VET230||Veterinary Radiology and Imaging for the Veterinary Technician||Prerequisites: (A grade of C or better in VET150 and VET150LL) or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
Term 5 Block 2
|VET250AA||Veterinary Technician Internship||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in VET112, VET132, and VET151.||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
|VET200||Veterinary Clinical Pathology Methods||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO205 or permission of Instructor. Corequisites: VET223.||RC||3|
|VET210||Animal Nursing II||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in (VET112 and VET151) or permission of Instructor.||RC||2|
|VET220||Veterinary Pharmacology for the Veterinary Technician||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in VET101 and VET151. Corequisites: VET223.||RC||3|
|VET223||Animal Diseases||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in VET151. BIO205 recommended.||RC||3|
|VET250AB||Veterinary Technician Internship||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in VET250AA.||RC||0.5|
Term 7 Block 3
|VET235||Veterinary Technician Proficiency||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in VET210, VET220, and VET223. Corequisites: VET240.||RC||2|
|VET240||Veterinary Anesthesia, Surgery, and Emergency Nursing||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in VET210 and VET220.||RC||3|
|VET250AC||Veterinary Technician Internship||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in VET250AB or permission of Instructor.||RC||0.5|
|VET250AD||Veterinary Technician Internship||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in VET250AC or permission of Instructor.||RC||0.5|
|Economics in American Society or
Macroeconomic Principles or
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
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.