Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology

Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology


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Total Program Credits:
94 Credits

Transfer Credits:
Transfer in up to 75% of the program
*Prior learning and work experience may count toward program credit

Program Length:
8 quarters full time
24 months with year-round classes

With Globe University’s Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Veterinary Technology program, you can develop the skills you need to help animals live happier lives.

Our veterinary technology associate degree program gives you the chance to learn about assisting with veterinary surgery, caring for lab animals and how to communicate with pet owners.

Highlights of our vet tech associate degree program include:

  • Work with animals at the start of the vet tech program
  • Clinical training that gives you real-world experience
  • Small class sizes and one-on-one attention
  • Learn from instructors who are experienced veterinarians or veterinary technicians
  • Use labs outfitted with professional equipment

Globe University’s associate degree in veterinary technology program is aimed at preparing students with an understanding of:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Veterinary pharmacology
  • Hematology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Small animal surgical assisting

Our vet tech program can teach you the basics of working in a clinic, along with technical skills in radiology, surgical preparation, patient recovery and nutritional management.

If you have a passion for helping animals, Globe University’s Associate degree in animal training program could be right for you.

Our classroom work covers:

  • Laboratory skills
  • Imaging
  • Small animal dentistry
  • Veterinary business practices
  • Small animal diseases

If you are looking for an associate in vet tech program in Minnesota, Wisconsin or Sioux Falls, South Dakota, have questions, or would like to arrange a tour of a campus veterinary suite, please call 1-877-303-6060 or contact admissions.

Globe University graduates’ VTNE results 

Introduction to Veterinary Technology

This course is an introductory study of various aspects of the world of veterinary medicine and the role of the veterinary technician within that world. Emphasis is placed on learning the basics of veterinary terminology, animal identification and behavior, physical exams, animal husbandry and grooming, veterinary office economics and paperwork, and the concepts of ethics and professionalism in the workplace.

Basic Concepts of Physiology and Pharmacology

This course begins the study of physiology through the exploration of cellular structure and metabolism, tissue structure and function, and the various microscopic regulatory mechanisms of the body. An introduction to pharmacokinetics is made within this context. Also covered are the functions of the various blood and immune cells, the body’s response to inflammation, and regulatory and safety aspects associated with pharmaceuticals and biologics.

Lab Animals, Exotics and Pocket Pets

This course is a study of non-traditional pets, birds and animal species commonly used in research. Students learn methods of restraint, sample collection and medication administration. Common disease processes are also studied, as well as proper nutrition and husbandry. Zoonotic disease potential is also discussed.

Small Animal Nutrition and Nursing

In this course, students learn and practice various aspects of small animal husbandry, including kennel management and sanitation, small animal nutritional requirements in health and disease, reproductive cycles and management, recognition of and response to emergency situations, preventative medicine and nursing care.

Large Animals

This course examines husbandry, nutrition, medicine and surgery as they relate to horses and production animals. Students develop skills in restraint, sample collection and medication administration for various large animal species. Herd-health management, preventative medicine and drug withdrawal times are areas of emphasis. The constraints of the ambulatory practice setting are also examined, particularly in the areas of surgery, emergencies and euthanasia.

Here are a few examples of companies that have employed our graduates:

A.A.S. Veterinary Technology Graduates July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2014

  1. Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Services
  2. All City Pet Care
  3. Animal Humane Society
  4. Animal Wellness Center
  5. Banfield Pet Hospital
  6. Cascade Animal Medical Center
  7. Fox Valley Animal Referral Center
  8. Petsmart
  9. VCA Sand Lake Animal Hospital
  10. Veterinary Village

Thank you for your Interest in Globe University.