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Program - Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technician

Veterinary technicians provide professional technical support to veterinarians, biomedical researchers and other scientists. They also care for hospitalized patients; assist the doctor in surgery; perform physical exams, lab work and technical procedures (blood draws, IV placement); take health histories and X-rays; induce and monitor anesthesia; provide client education; and perform reception duties.

At Kirkwood, veterinary technicians work with a variety of animals including dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs, sheep, birds, snakes, guinea pigs, hamsters and rats. A strong background in biological sciences is needed for this program.

Department Coordinator:
Cydney Lovell
1 Washington Hall

Office Coordinator:
Kathy Visser
22 Washington Hall

This program is accredited by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). For more information, go to