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Veterinary Technician

Associate of Applied Science

In Pima’s fully accredited Veterinary Technician training program, you'll study a wide range of topics and gain real-world clinical vet technician experience. At the end of the program, you will be prepared to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and to work as a certified veterinary technician for veterinarians, biological research workers, scientists, and businesses or organizations that provide care for animals.

The Veterinary Technician training program is a conditional enrollment program, meaning you will be eligible to enroll in VET courses once you have completed the requirements listed on the Program Admission page and the Department has authorized your enrollment. The Veterinary Technician training program is a Title IV Financial Aid eligible program. 

Contact Program Director Dr. Karla Lombana ( or 520-206-7629) or Academic Advisor Debbie Felix ( or 520-206-7682) for additional information.

Location and Contact Information 

East Campus, Division of Business & IT
Dean: 520.206.7694
Lead Faculty: 520.206.7414

Program Requirements 2020-2021

You must receive a C grade or better in all core courses to progress to the next semester.

Program Prerequisites

Before enrolling in Veterinary Technology classes, you must fulfill the following requirements with a grade of C or better:

Prerequisites Credits
REA 091 or higher, or placement into REA 112  0-4
MAT 095 or 097 or Module 35 in MAT 089A or 089B or higher, or placement into MAT 151 or higher 0-3
Subtotal 0-7

General Education Requirement

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses. A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

General Education Requirements Credits
CTE Arts and Humanities 3
CTE Social and Behavioral Science 3
Special Requirement
Fulfill the C or G requirement by completing an appropriate course in the above categories.
Subtotal* 6

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
VET 100 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 3
VET 110 Veterinary Nursing Procedures I 3
VET 111 Veterinary Nursing Procedures II 3
VET 120 Clinical Pathology I 3
VET 121 Clinical Pathology II 3
VET 130 Animal Anatomy and Physiology I 4
VET 131 Animal Anatomy and Physiology II 3
VET 150 Veterinary Pharmacology 2
VET 150LB Clinical Veterinary Pharmacology Laboratory 1
VET 191 Veterinary Technician Clinical Experience I 3
VET 200 Anesthetic and Surgical Nursing 2
VET 200LB Anesthetic and Surgical Nursing Lab 1
VET 205 Radiology and Imaging Techniques 2
VET 205LB Radiology and Imaging Techniques Lab 1
VET 210 Veterinary Nursing Procedures: Large Animal Care 1
VET 210LB Veterinary Nursing Procedures Lab: Large Animal Care 1
VET 211 Veterinary Nursing Procedures: Avian, Exotic,
and Lab Animals
VET 211LB Veterinary Nursing Procedures Lab: Avian, Exotic,
and Lab Animals
VET 220 Clinical Pathology III 3
VET 225 Veterinary Hospital Procedures 3
VET 291 Veterinary Technician Clinical Experience II 3
Subtotal 47

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
BIO 156IN** 
  or BIO 181IN**
Intro Biology Allied Health
   General Biology I: Majors [SUN# BIO 1181
CHM 130IN **  
  or CHM 151IN **
Fundamentals of Chemistry [SUN# CHM 1130]
   General Chemistry I [SUN# CHM 1151]
STU 100 College Success and Career Planning 1
WRT 101 English Composition I 3
Subtotal 12
Total (not including program prerequisites) 65
Total (including program prerequisites ) 65-72
*Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses: Communication - WRT 101; Mathematics and Science - BIO 156IN or BIO 181 and the MAT prerequisite; Other Requirement - CHM 130IN or 151IN.

** Biology and Chemistry within the last eight years with a C or better, or met by assessment. If met through assessment, additional electives may be needed to fulfill the General Education Math or Science Requirement and to meet the 60 credit minimum for degrees; see an advisor for guidance.


Conditional Program/Major Codes: AASVETTECH/9VET

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