Apr 05, 2020  
2019-2020 College Catalog 
  
2019-2020 College Catalog

Veterinary Technician, AAS


Veterinary Technician

Veterinary TechnicianGet acquainted with all areas of animal patient care through the Veterinary Technician program at Iowa Lakes. You will earn an Associate in Applied Science degree and develop the skills needed to assist doctors of veterinary medicine in a range of ways. Veterinary technicians need in-depth training and practical experience to best care for and handle animals. Additionally, they need to be able to help their clients understand the care their animal is receiving. Through our program's coursework, you will gain hands-on experience with lab tests, radiology procedures and surgical assisting through our animal clinic observations classes and internship opportunities.

Our program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. You'll be equipped with the training and skills needed to pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and the Iowa Veterinary Technician State Exam.

Program Acceptance Requirements

1. Complete an application for admission to Iowa Lakes Community College.

2. Satisfy the assessment requirement:  take a placement test and meet minimum Reading, Writing, and Math score requirements: 

  • ACCUPLACER Next Generation Writing Skills Score of 250 or higher
  • ACCUPLACER Next Generation Reading Score of 245 or higher
  • ACCUPLACER Next Generation Algebra (QAS) Score of 250 or higher
    or
  • ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Score of 60 or higher
  • ACCUPLACER Reading Score of 70 or higher
  • ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Score of 60 or higher
    or
  • ACT English Score of 17 or higher
  • ACT Reading Score of 16 or higher
  • ACT Math Score of 19 or higher

3. High School Grades

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
    or
  • GED of 550 or higher or HiSet certificate

4. Submit all official transcripts (high school and college).

5. Complete the following pre-requisite courses with a grade of "C" or better: 

  • Introductory Biology or higher (or one year high school biology)
  • Introduction to General Chemistry or higher (or one year high school chemistry)

6. The College Admissions Office will determine the 24 students who will receive an invitation for the program orientation, and registration. At the time the College formally processes your admission application, you will receive additional information regarding all requirements for this program.

7. Program Conference: Applicants as determined by assessment scores and admission dates will be invited to a program orientation with the Veterinary Technician Coordinator.

Veterinary Technician Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate collaborative skills as a member of the veterinary healthcare team.
  2. Employ industry standard office and hospital management procedures. 
  3. Apply pharmacologic principles and procedures in veterinary practice.
  4. Perform surgical preparation, anesthesia and assistance in veterinary surgery and hospital treatment.
  5. Perform food animal, equine and companion animal inpatient and outpatient nursing.
  6. Obtain laboratory samples and perform veterinary clinical laboratory procedures on those samples.
  7. Perform diagnostic medical imaging.
  8. Uphold applicable laws, ethical codes and Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety requirements within the profession of veterinary technology.

Faculty Contact

 Faculty Contact

 

Dr. Michael ZauggDr. Michael Zaugg
712-852-5293
mzaugg@iowalakes.edu

 

 

 

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Program of Study


AAS Degree Total Hours: 77


VTNE and Iowa Veterinary Technician State Exam Pass Rates


VTNE 3-Year Pass Rates

 

July 1, 2016-
June 30, 2017

July 1, 2017-
June 30, 2018

July 1, 2018-
June 30, 2019

Cumulative Pass
Rate 2016 to 2019

Number of first-time candidates that
have passed the VTNE

3

2

5

10

Number of first-time candidates that
have taken the VTNE

7

11

6

24

Three-Year Pass Percentage
on VTNE

43%

18%

83%

42%

Iowa Veterinary Technician State Exam Pass Rates

Year of exam

Results

Percentage Pass rate

2016

12 of 12 passed

100%

2017

9 of 9 passed

100%

2018

9 of 9 passed

100%

2019