Veterinary Technicians are educated and trained to be the veterinarian’s nurse, laboratory technician, radiology technician, anesthetist, surgical assistant and client educator. Veterinary technicians can find employment in veterinary practices, practice managers, biomedical research, zoo/wildlife medicine, industry, military, teaching institutions, humane organizations, livestock health management, pharmaceutical sales, etc. This comprehensive educational program provides students with a high quality fundamental and practical clinical education in both the college classroom and in veterinary clinical settings. It also prepares students to successfully perform all of the tasks that veterinary technicians are expected to perform. Additionally, students will learn how to become good members of the Veterinary Health Care Team and important character traits such as integrity, hard work, and client service will also be developed. Students may also continue their education by obtaining a Bachelor degree at a 4 year college and becoming a Veterinary Technologist. Additionally specialties such as anesthesia, dentistry, internal medicine, behavior, emergency and critical care, zoological medicine, equine medicine, surgery, clinical practice, nutrition, and clinical pathology exist for veterinary technicians.
Required grade of “C” or higher
VETT 101 - Animal Health Careers 
Introduction to careers involving animals. This course will give the student information on the various career opportunities available in the animal health field. Careers to be discussed include: veterinarian, veterinary technician, zoo work, kennel management, other canine careers, equine careers, governmental and research careers, and business opportunities.
VETT 102 - Veterinary Office Procedures & Hospital Management 
Skills needed in the management of veterinary facilities, including development of skills working with people, team approach to problem-solving, veterinary computer applications, ethics in veterinary medicine, appointment scheduling, and record keeping.
VETT 103 - Veterinary Medical Terminology 
Terminology and vocabulary commonly used in the veterinary field. Origin of words with emphasis on suffixes, prefixes, roots, and abbreviations and terminology pertinent to animal body systems.
VETT 105 - Animal Anatomy & Physiology 
Basic fundamentals of anatomy & physiology of domestic animals are covered, with emphasis on dogs and cats. Focus is on anatomical structures of clinical importance to Veterinary Technicians.
VETT 106 - Animal Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory 
Provides the student with techniques involved in anatomic dissection. Structures studied are related back to the live animal.
VETT 121 - Animal Nursing Skills I 
Introduction to the proper handling and restraint techniques of dogs and cats, including the fundamentals of personal safety when handling animals. The study of the technical skills required to perform physical examinations, medicate animals, collect laboratory samples, perform bandaging, and place catheters.
VETT 125 - Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians 
Study of drugs and medical substances used clinically in veterinary medicine. The mathematics of dosage and formulation is also covered.
VETT 131 - Surgical Nursing for Veterinary Technicians 
Fundamentals of asepsis. Topics include instrument identification, as well as preparation of the surgical suite, the surgical pack, and supplies, the patient and the surgical assistant. Dental procedures are also covered.
VETT 135 - Clinical Pathology I 
Basic fundamentals of hematology, urinalysis, and parasitology are covered. Emphasis is placed on testing procedures, clinical significance of the tests, and quality control on performing the tests. Parasite life cycles are covered with the focus on client education.
VETT 136 - Clinical Pathology I Laboratory 
Laboratory techniques of hematology, urinalysis, and parasitology are practiced. Emphasis is placed on the most commonly requested laboratory tests.
VETT 141 - Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians 
Fundamentals of anesthesia safety and efficacy are taught. Emphasis is on small animal anesthesia. Anesthetic monitoring, postanesthetic care, pain management, and emergency procedures are also covered.
VETT 145 - Radiology for Veterinary Technicians 
Fundamentals of taking quality radiographs while following safe radiological procedures. Alternative imaging technologies are also discussed.
VETT 157 - Clinical Externship I 
Supervised clinical experience in a small animal facility.
VETT 205 - Small Animal Medicine 
Study of the common diseases of the dog and the cat. Emphasis is placed on diagnostic tests, treatment protocols, client education, disease prevention, nutrition and wellness. Common vaccinations and vaccine protocol are discussed, as well as zoonotic diseases and health hazards in a veterinary facility. Breeds of dogs and cats are covered.
VETT 211 - Laboratory Animal Medicine and Nursing 
Overview of principles and practices employed in animal research facilities. Husbandry techniques and ethical treatment of animals is also covered. The common laboratory species are discussed not only as laboratory animals but also as “pocket pets” seen in veterinary practices. The common laboratory animal species discussed include: rats, mice, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, and rabbits. Breeds of each species are also covered.
VETT 221 - Animal Nursing Skills II 
Supervised clinical training in radiology, emergency care, anesthesia of animals, surgery and operating room techniques, and postoperative nursing care. Students will be responsible for an x-ray portfolio, anesthesia experiences, and daily patient care in the recovery area.
VETT 227 - Clinical Externship II 
Supervised clinical experience in a small animal facility.
VETT 235 - Clinical Pathology II 
Clinical chemistry tests, cytology, immunology, and endocrine testing are covered. This course is cumulative in nature, as students will apply previously learned procedures such as hematology, urinalysis, and parasitology testing.
VETT 241 - Large Animal Medicine and Nursing 
Fundamentals of large animal husbandry and basic techniques of sample collection and nursing care of large animal species. Techniques will include venipuncture, injections, and administration of oral medications. Common diseases of the horse and other large animal species are covered. Herd health management, preventive medicine, common vaccinations, parasite control programs, and breeds of large animal species are also covered.
VETT 251 - Veterinary Technology Trends 
New or current topics of interest in veterinary technology covered, including technology changes in veterinary practice, emergency medicine, avian and exotic pet medicine, and animal behavior. Future trends and specialization are also discussed.
VETT 257 - Clinical Externship III 
Supervised clinical experience in an animal facility.
BIOL 141 - General Biology I (Science Majors) 
Scientific method; general concepts and principles of biological molecules, cell structure and function; genetics. Students are strongly encouraged to take BIOL 143 during the same semester.
BIOL 143 - General Biology I Lab (Science Majors) 
Laboratory designed to supplement General Biology I for science majors. Students are strongly encouraged to take BIOL 141 during the same semester.
BIOL 210 - General Microbiology (Science Majors) 
General concepts of microbiology including microbe structure and function, genetics, metabolism & diversity, host-microbe interactions, pathogens and immunology. No credit for both BIOL 210 and BIOL 211.
BIOL 212 - General Microbiology Lab (Science Majors) 
Laboratory designed to supplement General Microbiology for science majors.
PSYC 127 - Introduction to Psychology 
Overview of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.
SPCH 130 - Fundamentals of Communication 
Broad-based overview of the field of communication as a social and cultural construct, through an examination of practices and theories in various contexts and settings. Topics may include communication theory, media studies, rhetoric intercultural studies, group and organizational communication, and performance.
ENGL 101 - English Composition I 
Introduces students to the critical thinking, reading, writing and rhetorical skills required in the college/university and beyond, including citation and documentation, writing as process, audience awareness; and writing effective essays.
MATH 120 - Contemporary Math 
Introduction to topics in contemporary mathematics. Topics may include the theory of finance, perspective and symmetry in art, formal Aristotelian logic, graph theory, probability and odds, statistics, elementary number theory, optimization, numeracy in the real world, and historical topics in mathematics that have influenced contemporary mathematics. (Topics will vary).
Natural Science, Humanities, and Social/Behavioral Science
See Graduation Requirements .
Students planning to pursue a baccalaureate program should contact that receiving institution for determination of course transferability. A listing of Delgado courses can be found by following this link: Transfer List
The mission statement of the Veterinary Technology Program is to develop veterinary technicians that have both excellent technical skills as well as excellent people skills. Because veterinary technicians will have a lot of interaction with pet owners, it is important that they are able to communicate well with them.
Accreditation: This program is accredited by: American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
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Program Effectiveness Data:
Credentialing Examination Pass Rate (2012-2015)
Total July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2015
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE
Number of eligible first-time candidates
Three-Year Pass Rate on VTNE Percentage
Three year pass rate 74%