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Veterinary Technology Associate of Applied Science

With a veterinary technology degree, you will not only be dedicated to the welfare of animals, but you will also have the opportunity to share your knowledge with animal owners. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you will perform medical tests with a veterinarian to assist in the treatment for ill and injuried animals.

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Why Earn Your Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology?

The advantage of obtaining an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology is that you will be eligible to start working professionally as soon as you receive licensure. You may also be able to gain additional experience by volunteering at animal shelters while in school.

An Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology also gives you the opportunity to thrive in a variety of settings, including:

  • Veterinary practices
  • Animal hospitals and shelters
  • Humane societies
  • Research facilities
  • Educational institutions 

VTNE Certification

The Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE), which is administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, assesses the knowledge and competencies of a prospective veterinary technician. To apply for the VTNE, the applicant must be a graduate from an AVMA accredited school. The exam is computer-based and consists of 150 multiple-choice questions and 20 multiple-choice pilot questions. The questions are written by veterinarians and veterinary technicians who represent several fields of the veterinary industry. Prior to their inclusion, the questions are then reviewed and validated by experts of veterinary medicine.  

Indianapolis-Northwest Campus (Totals 7/1/12-6/30/15) 

Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 177
Number of eligible first-time candidates 180
Three-year pass rate on VTNE percentage 56%

Evansville Campus (Totals 7/1/13-6/30/16)

Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 69
Number of eligible first-time candidates 73
Three-year pass rate on VTNE percentage 51%

Salary & Employment

According to O*Net, veterinary technicians make an average annual salary of $30,500 and employment is projected to grow 22 percent or higher from 2012-2022. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states, “Employment will grow more as veterinarians utilize technicians and technologists to do general care and lab work.”

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"I love the fact that there are animals on-site. We get hands-on experience and the small class sizes are great." Sean, Veterinary Technology
Sean, Veterinary Technology