About the Program

The COCC Veterinary Technician program includes instruction in animal nursing care, animal health and nutrition, animal handling, emergency and critical care, clinical pathology, radiology, anesthesiology, dentistry, surgical nursing and assistance, clinical laboratory procedures, office administration and management skills, patient and client management, as well as internships designed to give students practical "hands-on" experience for applying skills learned in the classroom.

Veterinary Technicians are professionals who practice under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. The field of Veterinary Technician offers a wide variety of employment opportunities including work in research, laboratory animal medicine, zoology, wildlife medicine, pharmaceutical and equipment sales, veterinary forensics, rescue work and shelter medicine. Credentialed Veterinary Technicians are needed all over the world in many different capacities. Working as a Veterinary Technician can be an exciting, stimulating and rewarding career, offering lifelong learning opportunities in a compassionate, dynamic and growing field.

After January 1, 2013, "on the job training" (grandfathering) will no longer qualify a person to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE), a necessary step in becoming credentialed as a Veterinary Technician. Only students who have graduated from an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technician program will be eligible to take the VTNE. 

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