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Veterinary Technology

Turn your love of pets and science into a career in Veterinary Technology where you can work in several fields including animal surgery, anesthesiology, nursing and more.

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What is Veterinary Technology?

Turn your love of animals into a lucrative career, without breaking your budget at OCTC's Veterinary Technology program. The Vet Tech program will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to work as a professional veterinary technician in as little as two years. Areas of study include office and hospital procedures, client relations and communications, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, clinical techniques, pharmacology, anesthesiology, surgical and medical nursing, radiology and clinical pathology training. The Vet Tech program,will provide you with valuable real world clinical and lab experiences to develop the skills needed to become a valued professional in the field.

What are my career choices?

The Veterinary Technology field is experiencing tremendous growth. Pets are considered part of the family, and the demand for veterinary care has increased. There are career opportunities in teaching, pharmaceuticals, biomedical research, private practice, humane societies, diagnostic labs, zoo/wildlife medicine, and veterinary supply sales.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Associate in Applied Science Degree and Transfer

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Program Enrollment

Program enrollment is limited due to facility constraints and admission is not guaranteed. Interested applicants should contact the program faculty early to allow time for completion of all required forms. Students who complete the program will be awarded the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology and are eligible to sit for the national/state exams to obtain licensure.

The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA)

Admission Guide

Under construction for Spring 2023! Please, direct questions to Program Coordinator, Dr. Laura Boarman.

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Course Sequence: Total Credit Hours = 70

Fall Semester
Course Credit Hours
ENG 101 - Composition I

AGR 240 -  Intro to Animal Science 3
BIO 112/113 - Intro to Biology & Lab 4
VET 108 - Intro to Veterinary Technology 4
AHS 120 - Medical Terminology 1
Sub Total: 15
Spring Semester
Course Credit Hours
VET 112 - Veterinary Microbiology & Lab 4
MAT 110 - Applied Math or MAT 150 - College Algebra 3
COM 252 - Intro to Interpersonal Communication 3
VET 116 - Animal Anatomy & Physiology 4
Heritage/Humanities 3
Sub Total: 17
Summer Semester
Course Credit Hours
VET 120 - Clinical Practicum I 2
VET 135 - Clinical Procedures I 5
Sub Total: 7


Fall Semester
Course Credit Hours
VET 210 - Pharmacology 3
VET 220 - Parasitology & Clinical Lab Techniques 5
VET 235 - Clinical Procedures II 4
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Sub Total: 15
Spring Semester
Course Credit Hours
AGR 280 - Livestock Management 3
VET 245 - Clinical Procedures III 5
VET 250 - Clinical Practicum II 5
Intro to Computers 3
Sub Total: 16


Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a self-regulating entity that, according to U.S. federal law, must be established by institutions that use laboratory animals for research or instructional purposes to oversee and evaluate all aspects of the institution's animal care and use program.

Online Guide for the Care and use of Laboratory Animals

Policy for Reporting and Responding to Animal Welfare Concerns

Accreditation USDA number: 61-R-0111

Veterinary Technical National Examination (VTNE) Results 

  • Testing window: July 1, 2018 - Sept. 1, 2021
  • Number of first time candidates that have taken the VTNE: 47
  • Three year VTNE pass percentage: 47%

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Laura Boarman, DVM

Veterinary Technology - Assistant Professor


Jacqueline Jackson, BS, LVT

Veterinary Technology - Associate Professor


Tara Groves, BS, LVT

Veterinary Technology - Instructor