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?
Prospective students for the Veterinary Technician program are required to take an entrance exam. There are minimum cut scores that must be achieved for admission into the program. For more information about the entrance exam, click here. You can also contact the Kirkwood Ag Sciences Department at 319-398-5609.

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.