Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technician AAS - Veterinary Technology Systems

Looking for an exciting profession centered around the health and well-being of animals? NCTA's Veterinary Technology Program is for you. From cattle to llamas, dogs to exotic birds, you will work with diverse animals and learn in state of the art facilities. Expand your knowledge even more through internships, work at research facilities or travel with the Safari Club. Educational opportunities that are available from the Veterinary Technology Division include 5 different Associate of Applied Science Degree Options.  These options are Veterinary Assistant, Veterinary Technician, Animal Husbandry, Animal Health Management and Equine Health. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the VTNE and become a licensed veterinary technician.

Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture

Veterinary Technician National Exam Pass Rate by Graduating Class

Year of graduation

Number taking test for the year

Number passing test first time

Number passing on 2nd attempt

Overall pass rate for the cohort

2016

9

6

1

77%

2015

8

5

2

87.5%

2014

16

11

 

69%

2013

11

11

 

100%

2012

7

6

 

86%

2011

9

6

 

66%

 

Careers

  • Vet Tech Teaching Specialist
  • Emergency Veterinary Technician
  • Large Animal Technician
  • Equine Specialty Technician
  • Pharmaceutical Reseach Technician
  • Veterinary Practice Manager
  • and Many More!

Courses Offered

Veterinary Technology Systems Core Courses

  • VTS 1301 Medical Terminology (1 credit)
  • VTS Math for Vet Techs or MTH 1503 College Algebra (3 credits)
  • VTS 1404 Anatomy & Physiology (4 credits)
  • VTS 1511 Intro to Animal Science (1 credit)
  • VTS 1513 Animal Care (3 credits)
  • VTS 2563 Fur and Feather (3 credits)
  • VTS 1542 Facility Management (2 credits)
  • VTS 1521 Production Animals (1 credit)
  • VTS 1603 Intro to Lab Science (3 credits)
  • VTS 1713 Pharmacology & Anesthesia (3 credits)
  • VTS 1822 Radiology (2 credits)
  • VTS 2583 Nursing (3 credits)
  • ASI 1253 Nutrition
  • VTS 2652 Parasitology (2 credits)
  • VTS 2823 Radiology (3 credits)
  • VTS Clinical Practices (1 credit)
  • VTS 2532 Large Animal Techniques (2 credits)
  • VTS 2593 Nursing II (3 credits)
  • VTS 2662 Hematology (2 credits)
  • VTS 2733 Diseases of Veterinary Medicine (3 credits)
  • VTS 2933 Anesthesiology (3 credits)
  • VTS 2241 Career Strategies (1 credit)
  • VTS 2521 Large Animal Rotation or VTE 1621 Calving Rotation (1 credit)
  • VTS 2672 Clinical Pathology (2 credits)
  • VTS 2953 Surgery Prep (3 credits)
  • VTS 2243 Internship (3 credits)

Veterinary Technician Option

  • Associate of Applied Science Core (20 credits)
  • VTS & VTE Courses & Internship (58 credits)
  • Total Credit Hours for Degree (78 credit hours)

Associated Clubs and Teams


Featured Student

Michelle Connelly Veterinary Technology Major

"Helping animals has been my dream since I was 5 years old.  Working kennels at a veterinary hospital, I heard the vet techs talking about how they went to NCTA for their training and I thought, this is the place for me.  I love the hands-on training and the one-on-one we get with the professors, but mostly I like that I’m working towards a career I know I will enjoy, because it is one with animals."