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Frequently Asked Questions

Veterinary Technician


If I want to become a veterinarian, should I enroll in the Vet Tech program?
No. You’ll want to take Pre-Veterinary Medicine course through our Arts and Sciences Division; then transfer to a four-year college or university to receive a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Animal Science, Physics or Biology. After that, you’ll attend veterinary school and work toward your Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

I really love animals. What else do I need to do to be successful in this career?
Self-motivation; a goal-oriented attitude; an outgoing, friendly personality; and maturity are needed to be successful in this career. Working with a veterinarian on a paid or volunteer basis is also a good idea and will expose you to all aspects of the career –including sights, smells, sounds and issues that may be hard to deal with including euthanasia.

Are there entrance requirements for this program?
Yes, all prospective students must take the TEAS V entrance exam and pass with minimum cut scores prior to being accepted into the program. More information can be found on the Entrance Requirements link.

What kind of animals will I be exposed to?

  • Livestock (Cattle, equine, goats, sheep, etc.)
  • Exotic animals-Reptiles
  • Domestic pets
  • Pocket pets (Guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters, etc.)
  • Birds


How do I become a licensed veterinary technician?
You need to pass the national board examination, which is given in June. In the State of Iowa, you must graduate from an AVMA accredited program for the licensing exam. Regulations to become a licensed veterinary technician vary from state to state. Be sure to contact the veterinary medical examining board in the state where you want to practice.