A career as a Registered Veterinary Technician combines your love of animals with a critical support role on a veterinary health team. TCC’s Veterinary Technology Program prepares you to fill a wide range of responsibilities under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, including intensive nursing care, clinical laboratory procedures, radiology, anesthesiology, dental care, and surgical assistance.
Veterinary Technician is a high-growth occupation, which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts to grow by 19 percent by 2024.
Where you will work
Most Registered Veterinary Technicians work for private veterinary practices, but jobs can be found in private and public research facilities, veterinary teaching hospitals, livestock production, veterinary supply and sales, zoos/exotic animal care, rescue and humane organizations, and even military service.
In TCC’s Veterinary Technology Program, you will study a broad range of science-based courses, including anatomy and physiology, small and large animal care, microbiology and sanitation, clinical pathology and much more.
Associate Degree Awarded
As a graduate of our Veterinary Technology Program, you will possess an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of animal husbandry, behavior, and nursing care for many species. After successfully completing the program, you will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree and will be eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and the Oklahoma licensure examination. Student pass rates for the VTNE are shown below:
|Total July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2016|
|Number of first-time candidates that have passed the VTNE||46|
|Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE||55|
|Number of eligible first-time candidates||57|
|Three-Year Pass Percentage first-time VTNE||84%|
Our Veterinary Technology Program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Registered Veterinary Technician licensure is regulated by the Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
Certain conditions could prohibit you from being certified as a Register Veterinarian Technician. If you have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude, or have a substance abuse problem, you may not be eligible for licensure in the State of Oklahoma. If any of these circumstances exist, we recommend you contact the Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
Workforce Development Degree Information
Workforce development degree and certificate programs are designed to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. They may advance students within their current career positions or open doors to new career opportunities. Coursework may apply towards a degree at a four-year university; check with an advisor for further information. The number of hours that apply to a degree will vary from one university to another.
My Career: Registered Veterinary Technician
Alesha Dodd, Registered Veterinary Technician, talks about her experience in the Veterinary Technology program at TCC. Alesha works at the Tulsa Zoo.