Veterinary Technology


NCTA maintains a wide variety of animals to provide students with a consistent and broad background of experience. The curriculum exposes students to diverse animal species to provide consistent and broad experiences with domestic and exotic animals. The diversity of the program as well as the equipment, facilities and animals, makes the NCTA Veterinary Technology program the best choice for education.

Students in the Veterinary Technology program at NCTA have access to a variety of facilities including a surgical operating theater, multiple x-ray bays, laboratories, necropsy room, recovery rooms, kennel area, cattle working facility, horse barn, exotic animal housing and much more. Joining a variety of kennel animals, horses, llamas and cattle, the campus is also home to a large exotic animal collection. Students have the opportunity to expand their knowledge outside of the classroom through internships, working at research facilities and traveling with the Safari Club to go behind the scenes at zoos, wildlife sanctuaries and aquariums both in the United States and abroad. NCTA's Veterinary Technology program is one of the oldest programs in the nation that has been continuously accredited by the AVMA since 1973.




Educational Opportunities


  • Animal Care (30 hours)

Associate of Applied Science

Veterinary Technology Options

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Animal Health Management
  • Equine Health Care
  • Veterinary Assistant Option
    • The Associate of Applied Science, Veterinary Assistant Option allows the greatest flexibility of class selection and career planning. This option requires 72 credit hours, a 12 week internship and a CGPA of 70% to graduate.
  • Veterinary Technician Option
    • The focus of NCTA's Associate of Applied Science, Veterinary Technician Option is to provide the hands-on skills and academic background needed to accept career opportunities as an entry level veterinary technician. The program is American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited with the curriculum based around the AVMA essential tasks and skill list. Veterinary Technology - Technician Option graduates are qualified to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Licensing Exam and become a licensed Veterinary Technician. NCTA maintains a wide variety of animals to provide the students with a consistent and broad background of experience. This option requires 80 hours of observation in a veterinary clinic, 80 credit hours of structured classes covering AVMA essential skills, a 12 week internship, passing the exit exam and, a CGPA of 80%.

Minors (added to AAS)

  • Ag Business Management
  • Agriculture Production Systems

Associate of Science

  • Expanded college core and transferable classes - does not lead to licensing

Bachelors Degree

  • Veterinary Technologist - Capstone Program with UNL - Requires AAS - Veterinary Technician Degree
    • A baccalaureate degree as a Veterinary Technologist can be pursued through a collaborative effort with NCTA's Veterinary Technician Option Degree and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

NCTA/UNL Veterinary Technology Capstone Program

This curriculum integrates academic programs at NCTA and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL). This major is appropriate for veterinary technician's desiring a broader education than offered in an associate degree program.

Students in this major must complete the Veterinary Technology Program leading to the Associate of Applied Science Veterinary Technician option and pass the National Veterinary Technician Licensing Exam.Students may start or finish at either UNL or NCTA, allowing maximum flexibility in planning and accommodation for changing career interests. Business, Science and Veterinary Science are the three options available in this baccalaureate degree program. The Veterinary Science Option includes course prerequisites for application to most veterinary medical schools.

The Veterinary Technologist major is for individuals who wish to pursue careers related to veterinary medicine, including the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree, biological research, laboratories, veterinary and veterinary technology education, drug or feed manufacturing companies, technical and sales representatives, animal production facilities, humane societies, zoos and management.