Vet Tech (AAS) Three-Year Track Curriculum

About The Program

73-74 Credits

Just as humans need nurses, so do animals. Veterinary technicians are an important part of the veterinary care team who perform a variety of tasks such as holding and restraining animals during exams and treatments, collecting specimens, doing routine laboratory procedures, taking diagnostic X-rays, administering medication or treatments, assisting in surgery, and working with human clients – pet owners and caretakers. You can complete the program in five semesters and find career opportunities in private vet practices, research laboratories, kennels, zoos, and local, state and federal agencies. CCD’s vet tech program provides you with clinical experience in various Denver-area veterinary clinics and shelters.

With an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology, you will be an important member of the veterinary team providing quality and humane care to animals. You will assist in surgery, provide emergency, extensive and general nursing care and perform lab procedures and more.

Academic Plan: Associate of Applied Science, Veterinary Technology

Pathway: Health Sciences

BIO 111 General Biology 5
ENG 121 or ENG 131 English Composition or Technical Writing 3
MAT 103 Math for Clinical Calculations 3
VET 108 Intro to Laboratory Procedures 2
VET 116 Humane Treatment/Handling of Animals 3
VET 205 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology I 4
*VET 102 Veterinary Medical Terminology 1
*VET 120 Office Procedures & Relations 2
Vet 206 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology II 4
VET 106 Exotic Handling 2
VET 115 Surgical Nursing 2
*VET 102 Veterinary Medical Terminology 1
*VET 120 Office Procedures & Relations 2

*Vet 120 Office Procedures (2 credits) and Vet 102 Medical Terminology (1 credit) must be completed before moving into fall semester of 2nd year.  These two courses can be taken during fall or spring of the 1st year but are not available during the summer semester.

VET 134 Diagnostic Imaging 2
VET 280 Diagnostic Imaging Internship 1
VET 243 Veterinary Diagnostic Microbiology 3
VET 109 (Applied Companion Animal Behavior) (3)
GEN ED (Speech 115) (3)
GEN ED (Sociology 101 or Psychology 101) (3)
VET 223 Intro to Anesthesiology 1
VET 224 Pharmacology for Veterinary Technology 3
VET 172 First Year Clinical Rotation 1
VET 182 Internship I 2
VET 225 Anesthesiology 3
VET 241 Clinical Laboratory Procedures 4
VET 281 Internship II 3
  TOTAL 10
VET 243 Veterinary Diagnostic Microbiology 3
VET 242 Veterinary Critical Care 2
VET 109 (Applied Companion Animal Behavior) (3)
GEN ED (Speech 115) (3)
GEN ED (Sociology 101 or Psychology 101) (3)
  *Must take Microbiology (3 credits) 1st OR 2nd Summer  
VET 232 Veterinary Dentistry 1
VET 238 Small Animal Nursing 2
VET 239 Large Animal Nursing 2
VET 250 Clinical Competency Evaluation 1
VET 282 Internship III 4
  TOTAL 10

*SOC 101 or PSY 101 115 can be taken at any time throughout the program but must be completed before graduation.  Since this course is not part of the cohort model, the Vet Tech program cannot guarantee days and times when this will be offered.  It is strongly recommended that you take this course prior to entry into the program. 

 *VET 227 Nutrition (2 credits) must be taken before graduation. It can be taken during any semester it is offered.

MAT 103 math for Clinical Calculations 3
SOC 101 or PSY 101 Intro to Sociology or Intro to Psych 3
ENG 121 English Composition 3
COM 115 Principals of Speech 3
BIO 111 General College Biology 5