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Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Technology | Pikes Peak State College

Degree Type: Associate of Science Degree, AS, Certificate, CER

Pathway: Science, Engineering and Math

More Options: Classroom Based, Remote Real-Time, Online, Hybrid

Program Length: 2-year DEGREE or 3 semester CERT

Location: Rampart Range

Transferability: Transferable

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Why Choose Veterinary Technology at PPSC

Veterinary medicine is a dream job for animal lovers. The Veterinary Technology program prepares you to be job-ready for work in a variety of medical practices (general practice, emergency and critical care, specialty practice), research, conservation, wildlife rehab, and livestock health. 

PPSC currently offers two options: The Veterinary Assistant certificate and the Veterinary Technician Associates of Science degree.

Veterinary Assistant is a one-year certificate program. There are no pre-requisites for this certificate. The role of the Vet assistant is similar to a CNA for people. They are there to help the Veterinarian and the Vet Tech in the hospital. 

For more information about a Veterinary Assistant Certificate - check out our Veterinary Assistant Certificate page

Veterinary Technician is a two-year Associates of Science degree. A Vet Tech  is like a nurse. The difference is that the Vet Tech has to know a lot more than a human nurse. They have to know about anesthesia since they are the ones anesthetizing patients under the Veterinarian's supervision. They are the dental hygienist- they clean teeth and take dental x-rays. They dispense medication, help in surgery, help with radiographs, perform lab work  and nursing care. 

For more information about a Veterinary Assistant Certificate - check out our Veterinary Technician page






Veterinary Technology Classes You Might Take

Here are some classes you could take here at PPSC
Veterinary Technology Pamphlet

Introduces the student to the structure of veterinary medical terms with emphasis on using and combining the most common prefixes, roots and suffixes. Includes terms related to major body systems, oncology, psychiatry, as well as clinical laboratory and diagnostic procedures and imaging. Class structure provides accepted pronunciation of terms and relative use in the veterinary specific setting.

Veterinary technician check up with a cat

Introduces students to basic animal care skills and clinical procedures common to a veterinary assistant in practice. Laboratories provide practice in restraint, grooming and physical exam techniques.

Veterinary technician handling a dog

Explores the topic of companion animal behavior and learning theory through critical reviews of behavioral literature and its implications for applied techniques in behavior and training. This course provides an understanding of how animals learn, how we can improve inter-species communication to reduce fear, stress, and anxiety, and how to apply this knowledge to the everyday treatment of animals under veterinary care.

Veterinary technician working in an office

Presents common veterinary office procedures including administration, professional etiquette, client relations, career development and job searching skills. Enrichment of computer skills in relationship to current veterinary management software will be emphasized.

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PPSC laid the foundation for me to build on. It provided the appropriate level of course work that I needed in order to believe in myself.

Karen Medville
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