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Veterinary Technology

          vet tech

For more information about the Veterinary Technology Program,
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Do you have a passion for helping animals? Are you ready for a career in the veterinary field? Graduates of this Veterinary Technology Program will be trained in numerous aspects of the veterinary industry. From preventative to emergency care, our students will have the opportunity to develop and advance their skills in client education, administration of medications, laboratory diagnostics, surgical assisting, dental cleanings, anesthetic monitoring, and problem solving.  

Program Options

AAS Veterinary Technology (2 year)

Veterinary Assistant Certificate (CE)


Students will learn how to...

1. Participate in team based approach to veterinary medicine. 

2. Calculate,  prepare, dispense,  and administer medication to patients as well as identify normal and abnormal responses to medication.

3. Communication skills and proper medical terminology needed to communicate with other team members and relay important information to clients.

4. Safely obtain subjective and objective data that will allow accurate evaluation of the patient.

5. Understand and explain appropriate and inappropriate dietary components for various life stages and therapeutic regimens (e.g. therapeutic foods) in order to promote optimal health, enhance recovery and manage chronic disease conditions in various domestic species. 

6. Identify a patient’s dental health status and perform techniques, as prescribed by a veterinarian, appropriate to the species and its condition in order to promote and maintain dental health.

7. Work with the veterinarian to assess patients and determine appropriate anesthetic and pain management protocols as well as monitor patient status by obtaining a patient’s vital signs and physical parameters. 

8. Prepare patients correctly for surgical procedures; utilize appropriate aseptic techniques for patient and personnel; and, administer appropriate peri-operative care to the patient.

9. Select, wrap and sterilize appropriate instruments and supplies and prepare and maintain the surgical environment to ensure maximum safety and benefit to the patient.

10. Prepare, handle and submit appropriate samples for diagnostic analysis; and be able to: 1) recognize accurate vs. erroneous results; 2) determine appropriate methods and carry out analytical procedures to provide accurate diagnostic information; and, 3) work with the veterinarian to determine if laboratory tests will be needed.

11. Accurately prepare position patients for the appropriate study; 1) properly use radiographic and darkroom equipment positioning, measuring, and using appropriate radiographic technique to produce a diagnostic image; 2) determine if image is diagnostic, and if not, be able to offer options to correct image to create a diagnostic radiograph to minimize repeat exposures; and, 3) exercise professional judgment to minimize risks to patient and personnel.

12. Describe the basic principles of animal research and understand the utilization of laboratory animals in animal research. The student will also have a working knowledge of federal, state, and local animal welfare regulations.


              The Collin College Veterinary Technology Program is accredited by the AVMA CVTEA as a program for educating veterinary technicians.