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Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Technology | Pikes Peak State College

Degree Type: Certificate, CER

Pathway: Medical Sciences

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

Program Length: 3 Semesters

Location: Centennial

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, research, conservation, wildlife rehab, and livestock health. PPSC currently offers a Veterinary Assistant Certificate. 

You will be job-ready for entry-level positions in a general practice, emergency and critical care, specialty practice, or research as well as in conservation, wildlife rehab, and livestock health.

What you will study
PPSC's Veterinary Technology program educates and empowers you to work in the veterinary healthcare field. Graduates will be trained to professionally and ethically interact with patients, clients, and other veterinary healthcare professionals. 

You will study a variety of topics, including radiology and imaging, humane restraint technique, pharmacology, parasitology, laboratory procedures, surgical procedures and nursing, exotic animal care, large animal nursing and care, and more. 

For more information about a Veterinary Assistant Certificate - check out our Veterinary Assistant Certificate 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
American Indian Program Manager | Class of 1985


  • Demonstrate proper handling and restraint techniques
  • Demonstrate appropriate assistance with diagnostic laboratory procedures
  • Demonstrate initial assessment procedures for animals
  • Identify clinical pharmacology
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Every year the PPSC Foundation offers hundreds of thousands of dollar's worth of scholarship money for eligible and in need students. To learn more about scholarship availability, please visit: pikespeak.edu/scholarships

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