Veterinary Technology, A.A.S.

Unlock your passion for animal care with our Veterinary Technology program. Become a vital part of the veterinary healthcare team.

About the Program

  • Veterinary Technicians are important members of the veterinary health care team.
  • A Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) supports and enhances veterinary care in various fields related to animals.
  • They work in private veterinary practice, biomedical research, herd health management, teaching, zoological parks, education, and government services.
  • RVTs perform a range of tasks under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, including intensive nursing care, clinical laboratory procedures, radiology, anesthesiology, dental care, and surgical assistance.
  • Graduates of this program gain a deep understanding of animal husbandry, behavior, and nursing care for various species.
  • The Veterinary Technology Program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
  • RVT licensure is regulated by the Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (OSBVME).
  • Graduates receive an Associate Degree in Applied Science.
  • After completing the degree, graduates can take the NVTE (National Veterinary Technician Examination) and the Oklahoma licensure examination.
  • Some individuals may not be eligible for a veterinary technician licensure in the state of Oklahoma.
  • All applicants for licensure in the State of Oklahoma must undergo an OSBI (Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation) background check during the application for Examination and Licensure.

Program Details

Discover our hands-on Veterinary Technology program. Gain expertise in animal care and become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Most Registered Veterinary Technicians and Nurses 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 and exotic animal care, rescue and humane organizations, and even military service.

Veterinary Technician and Veterinary Nursing are high-growth occupations, which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts to grow 15 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

After successfully completing this program, you will have the ability to:

  • Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology for appropriate patient care of a variety of animal species.
  • Perform nursing care for a variety of animal species to include large, small, and laboratory animals and selected exotic species.
  • Perform diagnostic support skills including radiology, clinical pathology, and microbiology.
  • Accurately perform medical calculations.
  • Perform appropriate office management and customer service skills important in managing a veterinary hospital.
  • Accurately interpret doctor’s orders and provide safe and appropriate patient therapeutics.

See program prerequisites and course details in our catalog. Start your journey towards a rewarding career in veterinary technology.

Degree Requirements

Essential Functions

All BIOL, CHEM, MATH, and VETT courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Veterinary Technology (VETT) courses are offered on weekdays during the daytime. Students are required to perform some duties outside normal working hours.

As a veterinary nursing student, you will study a broad range of science-based courses, including anatomy, physiology, nutrition, small and large animal care, clinical laboratory science, dental care, and much more.

We offer both a full-time curriculum and a part-time curriculum. Full-time students graduate in five semesters. An alternative part-time program (three years) is designed for students with significant work or family obligations that prevent them from attending as full-time students. Whether you choose the full-time or part-time track depends on your particular circumstances and goals.

Apply by April 30. TCC’s Veterinary Technology Program admits 30 students annually. Each new cohort starts every Fall semester.

We are looking forward to receiving your online application. Please contact the office with any questions or concerns at 918-595-8212. We are happy to help.

Application Procedures

  1. Information and Application Packet:
    All applicants must first contact the Veterinary Technology Program office at 918-595-8212 or to obtain the information and application packet.
  2. TCC Admission Application:
    All applicants must apply to TCC, and submit their high school transcripts, ACT scores, and previous college transcripts by mail to the Office of Records, Tulsa Community College, 909 South Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK 74119, or email
    • Once you are accepted to TCC, you will receive a student ID number and a TCC email account. All communication will be through your TCC email account. Acceptance to TCC does not guarantee admission to the Veterinary Technology Program.
  3. Apply to Program:
    Submit a completed program application with the required materials by April 30.
    • Career shadowing at a veterinary hospital must be completed within six months prior to the Program application, or at the Program Director’s discretion. Shadowing information is available in the information and application packet. Submit your completed Shadowing form with your program application. Upload documents in doc.x or PDF format only.
    • Incomplete submissions will not be considered for admission into the Veterinary Technology Program.
    • Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 to be eligible for consideration.
  4. Interview:
    Eligible applicants will be notified by email to their TCC email address as part of the admissions process. All interviewed applicants will be notified regarding their selection status.
  5. Clearance:
    Eligibility for admission to the Veterinary Technology Program requires clearance on a criminal background check, including sex offender registry, and drug testing.
    • Potential students will not receive full acceptance until clearance for both background checks and drug testing is received by the School of Health Sciences
    • Medical marijuana and the use of illicit drugs and alcohol are not permissible in the School of Health Sciences and the Veterinary Technology Program


Certification as a Registered Veterinary Technician may be prohibited under certain circumstances. If you have a felony conviction, a moral turpitude-related crime on your record, or struggle with substance abuse, you may not be eligible for licensure in Oklahoma. If any of these situations apply to you, we recommend contacting the Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

It is important that you speak with the Veterinary Technology Program Academic Advisor, Amber Mullins. Amber is located on the Northeast Campus and you can email her at

If you do not have an assigned academic advisor, please email and we will connect you to an advisor remotely. Please inform them you are interested in the Veterinary Technology Program.

Attend a Smart Start Orientation Allied Health session when declaring a Health Sciences major. Register with your Academic Advisor through Starfish.

TCC's curriculum is tailored to fulfill pre-education requirements for licensure/certification in Oklahoma. While designed for state licensure exams, students considering other states should review relevant professional licensure disclosures and consult with the respective licensing board. State boards determine eligibility for licensure based on current rules when applying.

Explore our Professional Licensure Disclosures for comprehensive details on licensing requirements and certifications. Your informed career journey starts here.

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. View the Professional Licensure Disclosure.

Student VTNE Pass Rates (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023)

  • Number of first-time candidates passed: 32
  • Number first-time taken: 55
  • Three-year percentage: 58.2 %

Program Contact

Program Director
Jan Barnett, DVM

Veterinary Technology Program

School of Health Sciences
TCC West Campus
7505 W. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74107

Admission to the Program
TCC Veterinary Technology students in the clinic caring for two dogs.

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