About Veterinary Technology (Associate of Applied Science)
A licensed veterinary technician's duties are those of a veterinary nurse, nurse-anesthetist, operation room technician, dental hygienist, medical laboratory technician, and radiology technician. A graduate of this program may sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and Nevada Veterinary Technician exam.
Where Do I Start?
Important Advising Information
This is a Limited Entry Program
Program Advisement Sheet
What to Expect
Students will work with a wide variety of animals including horses, cows, dogs, cats, and exotic animals. Included in the program will be clinical rotations within the new CSN Veterinary Clinic.
Nature of Work
Veterinary technicians provide professional support services to veterinarians. A licensed veterinary technician's duties are those of a veterinary nurse, nurse-anesthetist, operating room technician, dental hygienist, medical laboratory technician, and radiology technician. The veterinary technician also performs administrative duties pertaining to the practice's management.
Career fields for a licensed veterinary technician may include:
- Private Animal Clinical Practice - (small, mixed, or large animals)
- Specialty Practice- (ophthalmology, oncology, etc.)
- Zoo Medicine
- Food Production- (herd health management)
- Government- (USDA)
- Industry Sales
- Wildlife Rehabilitation
- Research- (lab animal health management)
- Education- (Instruction of professional veterinary students and technicians students)
- Clinical Laboratory-(Biological sample analysis)
The College of Southern Nevada's Veterinary Technology Program is 18 months (4 semesters) in length and leads to an Associate of Applied Science. The curriculum consists of 27 credits of general education courses, 47 credits of professional lecture and laboratory, and two courses of supervised clinical practice. A graduate of this AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) CVTEA accredited program may sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and have nationally recognized credentials. This will allow them to sit for the Nevada Veterinary Technician Exam and other state licensing examinations if so desired.
This post secondary education program is the first in Nevada to be fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and as such is recognized nationally.
ANNUAL VTNE PASS PERCENTAGE
(July 1,2014 – June 30, 2017)
Number of eligible first-time test takers
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE
Three-Year VTNE Pass Percentages
Veterinary Technology at CSN (AAS)
Program Course Sheet and Application Deadlines
Career Guide and Approximate Costs
Licensing as a Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Technician in Training Information. For further licensing information contact the Nevada State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
The CSN Veterinary Technology Program is a Limited Entry Program. Therefore, all program prerequisites and an application for admission into the program must be submitted by the completion deadline in order to be be eligible for consideration. Application materials are reviewed by a selection committee and applicants are notified of their standing by the Limited Entry Office.
Animal Related Work Experience Documentation Form