Veterinary Technicians provide assistance to Doctors of Veterinary Medicine and work as vet nurses, radiography technicians, surgical nurses/anesthetists and lab technicians within set regulations. In addition, Vet Techs also work with clients, enabling them to better understand the specific treatment and steps being taken to improve the health of their animals. Often, Veterinary Technicians are placed in supervisory positions in veterinary practices and research facilities.
Veterinary Technicians must be knowledgeable in the care and handling of animals. This hands-on approach to learning, along with an internship provides practical experience in a veterinary clinic or similar setting.
Career opportunities in:
- Zoo/Wildlife Medicine
- Livestock Health Management
- Biomedical Research
Students in the program will take both a small animal and a large animal clinic observation class in their first year. In addition, some of the other courses include Vet Tech Animal Anatomy and Physiology courses, Pathology, Veterinary Law and Ethics and Office Procedures.
The Iowa Lakes Veterinary Technician program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).