Veterinary technicians are more than just “animal nurses.” They are dedicated healthcare professionals who are passionate about animal care and apply their specialized knowledge to nurture the health and well-being of animals.
Our Veterinary Technician program will provide you with the excellent technical and critical thinking skills necessary for a lifelong career as a veterinary medical professional. Not only will you get hands-on experience from day one, you will receive in-depth knowledge about animal behavior, nutrition, care, surgical nursing, pharmacology, dentistry, diagnostics and laboratory procedures.
Veterinary technicians generally work in different types of veterinary practices, veterinary clinics, animal shelters, and specialty and referral veterinary hospitals. In these practices, technicians will have opportunities to work with a variety of species, including small and large animals and exotic species. Your studies and participation will do more than help keep these animals, reptiles and birds healthy— you will be actively saving lives!
Our program staff has designed the necessary curriculum to prepare you for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). In addition, our affiliations with local animal hospitals and veterinary clinics allow for excellent networking opportunities, and you will be able to choose the experience that best suits your lifestyle and career goals.
WHICH VETERINARY TECHNICIAN SKILLS WILL I LEARN?
- Restraint procedures, nail trims, first aid and CPR
- Operate lab equipment
- Understand medication guidelines
- Front-office procedures
- Client education
- Record animal histories
- Diet, nutrition and metabolism
- Collect blood and tissue samples
- Prepare and position animals for X-rays as well as take and process the X-rays
- Understand large- and small-animal treatment procedures
- Perform procedures on avians, reptiles and amphibians
- Assist in surgical procedures and monitoring devices
- Provide postoperative care
- Sterilize surgical and laboratory equipment
WHERE DO VETERINARY TECHNICIANS WORK?
- Small-Animal Hospitals
- Veterinary Industry
- Pet Adoption Centers
- Large-Animal Hospitals
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit www.heritagecollege.edu/disclosures.
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