Students in Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Technology, AAS

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Workforce Development

Classes offered at following campus(es)

  • West

Contact Information:

(918) 595-8212
7505 W. 41st St. Tulsa, OK 74107
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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.

General Education Requirements: 23-24 Hours

Biology 4 hours

Select one course from the following:
º*^BIOL 1224 Introduction to Biology for Majors
º*^BIOL 1604 Zoology

Chemistry 4-5 hours

Select one course from the following:
*^CHEM 1114 Principles of Chemistry
*^CHEM 1315 General Chemistry I

English 6 hours

*ENGL 1113 Composition I
and select one course from the following:
*ENGL 1213 Composition II
+*ENGL 2333 Technical/Professional Writing

Mathematics 3 hours

Select one course from the following:
*^MATH 1473 Mathematics for Critical Thinking
*^MATH 1513 College Algebra

Social Science 6 hours

POLS 1113 American Federal Government
and select one course from the following:
HIST 1483 U.S. History 1492 to Civil War Era
HIST 1493 U.S. History Civil War Era to Present


* Course has prerequisite.
^ Course must be completed with a “C” or better.
+ Course is recommended
º Biology courses must be completed within 12 years of application date.

Specialized Course Requirements: 53 Hours

Veterinary Technology 53 hours

-^VETT 1125 Anatomy and Physiology
-^VETT 1132 Introduction to Veterinary Technology
-^VETT 1161 Clinical Calculations for Veterinary Technicians
-^VETT 1183 Principles of Small Animal Care
-^VETT 1193 Principles of Large Animal Care
-^VETT 1223 Veterinary Hospital Technology I
*^VETT 1232 Clinical Pathology I
*^VETT 1242 Clinical Pathology II
*^VETT 1263 Veterinary Office and Computer Skills
*^VETT 2125 Practicum: Animal Clinics and Nursing
*^VETT 2224 Microbiology and Sanitation
*^VETT 2234 Clinical Pathology III
*^VETT 2254 Laboratory, Wild and Exotic Animal Technology
*^VETT 2313 Veterinary Hospital Technology II
*^VETT 2333 Veterinary Pharmacology
*^VETT 2352 Radiology, Ultrasound and Diagnostic Imaging
*^VETT 2364 Large Animal Technology

Total Credit Hours: 76-77


+VETT 2382 Board Review for Veterinary Technicians


* Course has prerequisite.
^ Course must be completed with a grade of C or better.
- Admission to Veterinary Technology Program or permission of program coordinator.
+ Course is recommended

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.

Veterinary Technology Degree Sheet (pdf)

Cyndi Ballard

I didn’t want to go back to school for another 7 years; I wanted to rapidly get into a field I care about. 2016, Veterinary Technology
Cyndi Ballard

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.

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