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Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Technicians are the ‘nurse practitioners’ of the animal health care industry. They assist with day-to-day functions in animal clinics, research facilities, zoos, and wildlife facilities and, working under the supervision of a licensed Vet, provide support for all aspects of animal care.  

Puppy being examinedIndependence Community College’s Associate of Applied Science Degree offers students training in the form of classroom instruction as well as hands-on field experience and professional internships in animal care facilities.  Students can expect to study biology, animal physiology, anatomy, common procedures and medications, health and hygiene, animal handling and other related topics. During the last quarter of the program, students work with real patients in real-life situations which provide them with essential preparation for working with animals and their owners as a Vet Tech.

Veterinary Technicians are in high demand and studies show that the need for skilled Vet Techs will continue to grow for many years to come. ICC is one of only of a few colleges in Kansas to offer the highly sought training. The program is a selective admission plan and interested students are encouraged to apply early.

The Veterinary Technician Program at Independence Community College is fully accredited by the AVMA-CVTEA.

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If you would like more information about the Veterinary Technology Program at Independence Community College, contact:

Amanda McCormick, RVT, Program Director
(620) 332-5436
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Veterinary Technology
Degree: Associate of Applied Science

Suggested Semester Plan

Course Title Credit Hours


College Success 1
English Comp 1 3
Biology 1 5
General Chemistry 5
Intro to Vet Tech 3
Term Total 17

First Semester:

Interpersonal Comm/Public Speaking 3
Animal Facility Management I 2
Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals 5
Veterinary Pharmacology 3
Math for Veterinary Medicine 3
Term Total 16

Second Semester:

Zoo Internship 2
Animal Facility Management II 2
Small Animal Healthcare 4
Lab, Wild and Exotic Animal Tech 3
Principles of Anesthesiology 3
Term Total 14

Third Semester:

Clinical Pathology I 3
Large Animal Healthcare 2
Veterinary Microbiology 4
Veterinary Surgical Nursing & Clinical Skills 6
Radiology, Ultrasound & Diagnostic Imaging 3
Term Total 18

Fourth Semester:

Clinical Pathology II 3
Large Animal Tech 3
Board Review for Vet Techs 3
Vet Tech Office Practices 3
Clinical Internship 4
Term Total 16

*See Courses that meet General Education Graduation Requirements for a list of courses meeting the math/science, arts/humanities, and social/behavioral science requirements.

In accordance with the American Veterinary Medical Association, the national board pass rate at Independence Community College (Reporting Dates: July 1, 2015- June 30, 2018) are posted as follows:

Three Year Pass Rate (2015-2018): 21%

Number of Eligible Candidates: 21

Number of First Time: VTNE Testers: 28