Employment & Training

Considerable employment possibilities exist in the greater Tulsa area for RVT's (Registered Veterinary Technicians). The program is contacted frequently by local veterinary practices seeking student and graduate employees. Two nationally owned veterinary hospital corporations encourage their non-certified employees to apply and complete the program.

Registered Veterinary Technician **(Requires graduation from an AVMA Accredited Program and successful completion of National and State Board certification examinations)


Certificate Option: N/A

Associate Degree Option: $11 to $14 per hour

Major Objectives:

  1. Serving the educational and training needs of persons seeking an Associate of Applied Science in the field of Veterinary Technology.
  2. Meeting the local, regional and state manpower needs for Registered Veterinary Technicians in private practice, industry, research and government service.
  3. Graduates of the program will be able to appropriately apply skills and knowledge gained to perform the duties required of a veterinary technician in the proper nursing care of a variety of animal species.
  4. Our students will acquire and properly perform skills required for effective client and staff communication, efficient business and facility management, and accurate record keeping for the various regulatory bodies involved in veterinary medicine, industry, research and government service.
  5. Our students will recognize and embrace the vital role of the Registered Veterinary Technician as a partner in the health care of various animal species involved in veterinary medical practice, industry research and government service. To this end, graduates will continue to enhance their skills through lifelong learning.


Responsibilities of the Graduate Veterinary Technician
The demand for trained personnel in the field of veterinary medicine has necessitated the training of para-professional staff, specifically the Registered Veterinary Technician. Although skilled to perform many essential tasks under the responsible supervision of a licensed veterinarian, under no circumstances will a technician:

  1. Perform surgery
  2. Diagnose
  3. Prescribe medicine or treatment for an animal

Many species of animals are included in course studies, dogs, cats, horses, cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, birds, rodents, rabbits, reptiles, and some exotics.

Listed below are the areas and specific techniques that a technician is capable of performing: 

General Hospital Duties:

  • Overall supervision of office procedures
  • Pharmacy inventory management
  • Supervise ward and general care of hospitalized patients
  • Maintain complete record system
  • Client education
  • Quality control of laboratory equipment
  • Maintenance of hospital diagnostic equipment (laboratory, x-ray, anesthesia machines, etc.)

General Nursing:

  • Animal restraint procedures
  • Taking patient vital signs
  • Administration of medication (including injections)
  • Grooming
  • Suture removal
  • Collect fecal, urine, and blood samples
  • Skin scrapings
  • Recognize deviations from normal behavior
  • Emergency first aid treatment (under supervision of veterinarian)
  • Perform prescribed treatments
  • Perform ECG's
  • Blood transfusions
  • Apply bandages and splints
  • IV Urinary catheterization (including jugular indwelling catheters)
  • Fluid therapy
  • Euthanasia and necropsy procedures


  • General operating room sanitation and care
  • Instrument preparation and care
  • Sterilization techniques of surgical instruments
  • Administer pre-op medications
  • Surgical preparation of patient
  • C. P. R.
  • Preparing of surgery packs, drapes, and gowns
  • Endotracheal intubation
  • Administer and monitor anesthesia
  • Gowning and gloving procedures
  • Surgical assisting
  • Intensive and critical care nursing
  • Monitor blood pressures


  • Film developing techniques
  • Follow safety procedures
  • Maintain filing system and radiography log book
  • Film storage and solution care
  • Positioning for routine x-rays
  • Performing of a variety of x-ray studies
  • Contrast media radiography: barium studies, IVP, pneumocystograms, etc.

Large Animal Procedures:

Equine (horses)

  • Leg Restraint and tail wraps
  • Floating teeth
  • Injections
  • IV cathererization and IV fluid administration
  • Hoof care
  • Effects of tranquilizers
  • Passage of stomach tube
  • Vital signs (temp, pulse, respiration)
  • Blood collection
  • Familiarization with equine equipment
  • Surgical site preparations
  • General anesthesia

Porcine (swine)

  • Restraint
  • Injections
  • Vital signs
  • Blood collection
  • Clipping needle teeth
  • Familiarization with swine operations
  • Equipment familiarity

Bovine (cattle)

  • Restraint (chutes, head gates)
  • Injections
  • Vital signs
  • Blood collection
  • Passage of stomach tube
  • Bandaging techniques
  • Hoof care
  • IV fluid administration
  • Semen collection and evaluation
  • Familiarization with bovine equipment
  • Surgical site preparation
  • Brucellosis and TB testing

Ovine/Caprine (sheep/goats)

  • Restraint
  • Disbudding
  • Hoof Injection care
  • Vital signs
  • Blood collection
  • Bandaging procedures

Veterinary Laboratory Procedures

Parasitology (all species)

  • Fecal flotation prep and reading, direct smears
  • Skin scraping and identification of mites
  • Identification of common ectoparasites
  • Specialized tests


  • Collection procedures
  • Refractometer use for determining specific gravity
  • Urine chemstick reading methods
  • Sediment evaluation and microscopic testing
  • Culture and sensitivity
  • Identification of parasites

Hematology (blood evaluation)

  • Collection
  • Basic tests, packed cell volume, total protein
  • WBC and RBC counts with differentials (normal & abnormal)
  • Platelet counts
  • Reticulocyte counts
  • Cross-matching
  • Clotting times and Prothrombin times
  • Electronic cell counting and QA


  • Sample preparation
  • Media inoculation
  • Identification of microorganisms causing disease


  • Sample collection and staining techniques
  • Cellular identification
  • Vaginal cytology (estrous cycle status)

Blood Chemistries

  • Sample preparation (serum vs plasma)
  • Analyzer equipment use
  • Elisa diagnostic test kits
  • Specialized testing & shipping procedures

Heartworm Tests

  • Difil (modified Knott's) test
  • Occult assay

Laboratory Animal Nursing

  • Instruction and practice of technical skills for the mouse, rat, guinea pig, birds, and rabbits, and other selected species 
  • Restraint and handling
  • Identification - techniques
  • Sexing of various species
  • Blood collection
  • Oral dosing and injections
  • Anesthesia, radiology and diagnostics