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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. After completing the required pre-requisite courses, students are required to apply to the program. 

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

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Veterinary Technician Program Application

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

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

Suggested Semester Plan

Course Title Credit Hours


English Comp 1 3
Biology 1 5
General Chemistry 5
Intro to Vet Tech 3
Term Total 16

First Semester:

Essential Skills Lab I 4
Animal Facility Management I 1
Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals 3
Small Animal Healthcare 3
Vet Tech Office Practices 3
Math for Veterinary Medicine 3
Term Total 17

Second Semester:

Essesntial Skills Lab II 5
Animal Facility Management II 1
Interpersonal Communications/Public Speaking 3
Clinical Pathology I 1
Veterinary Pharmacology 3
Principles of Anesthesiology 1
Term Total 14

Third Semester:

Essential Skills Lab III 8
Clinical Pathology II 1
Microbiology 5
Veterinary Surgical Nursing & Clinical Skills 2
Radiology, Ultrasound & Diagnostic Imaging 1
Term Total 17

Summer Internship



Fourth Semester:

Essential Skills Lab IV 5
Large Animal Tech/Healthcare 2
Lab, Wild & Exotic Animal Tech 1
Board Review for Vet Tech 3
Term Total 11

*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, 2016- June 30, 2019) are posted as follows:

Three Year Pass Rate (2016-2019): 35%

Number of First Time: VTNE Testers: 23