Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technician Program

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Veterinary Technicians will find a variety of opportunities in private veterinary clinics, as well as in hospitals, higher education, pet food and drug companies. There are also career options in teaching, state and local governments and research facilities.

Veterinary Technicians are in charge of animal nursing care in a veterinary office, including, but not limited to: surgical prep and assisting, inducing and monitoring anesthesia, collecting and analyzing lab samples, client education, producing x-rays and performing dental exams.

The state of Nevada requires that all Veterinary Technicians be licensed. The demand for Veterinary Technicians in Northern Nevada is wide open due to the rapid population increase and the increasing popularity of family pets.

The TMCC Veterinary Technician Program can be completed in two years and requires four semesters.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Information

Applicants admitted to the Veterinary Technician Program will pursue an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Veterinary Technology. The degree is necessary to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) to pursue licensing.

The following are requirements to be completed at the time of application:

  • Complete enrollment as a TMCC student
  • Request all official transcripts from other schools you have attended be sent to the TMCC Admissions and Records office
  • Complete the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of "C" in each course:
    • BIOL 190: Cell and Molecular Biology – both lecture and lab (4 credits total)
      (Note: BIOL 201 is no longer a prerequisite for the Veterinary Technician Program)
    • ENG 101 or ENG 113
    • MATH 120 (or higher): Fundamentals of College Mathematics

All prerequisite classes must be completed by the end of the Spring Semester (June 1).

After receipt of an application, final grades for the Spring Semester will be checked via the TMCC system or by the student submitting the appropriate documentation. A letter of acceptance or denial for the program will be mailed (via USPS) by mid to late June.

Upon receipt of the letter of acceptance, students are required to return a form indicating if they are accepting or denying admission by a designated date. After such time, students will be contacted via email with details for registration for the Fall Semester, and information about the program's orientation.

Many students who are admitted to the TMCC Veterinary Technician Program have many, if not all, of the general education requirements for the AAS degree completed prior to starting the program. This enables students to graduate with the AAS degree upon completion of the program and sit for the VTNE.

If you have not previously met with a TMCC Academic Advisor, it is in your best interest to do so.

The following course work is required for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology:

  • ENG 101 or ENG 113
  • ENG 102 or ENG 114
  • MATH 120 or higher
  • BIOL 190 (both lecture and lab)
  • Human Relations (recommended CE 201, CPD 124, CPD 129, CPD 132, EPY 101, MGT 171, MGT 201)
  • Social Science/Humanities
  • U.S. and Nevada Constitution
  • Diversity (can be satisfied with an appropriate SS/Humanities class) (recommended ANTH 205, ANTH 208, ANTH 229, EDU 203, ENG 231, ENG 232, GEOG 200, HIST 208, HIST 209, PHIL 210, PSY 276, SOC 205, SOC 276)

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Veterinary Technician Program

Truckee Meadows Community College
18600 Wedge Parkway, Building B, Room 101
Reno, Nevada 89511

Telephone: 775-850-4003

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