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Twin Cities Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Veterinary Technology
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Program InformationThe Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program in Veterinary Technology at Argosy University, Twin Cities is designed to prepare students for a career as a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT). Our program can develop entry level technicians who possess the nursing and technical training, critical thinking, communications skills, and commitment to compassionate care necessary to be effective and successful.
The program affords students the opportunity to learn while attending to dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, and birds at the on-campus facility.
The first step toward launching your career as a Certified Veterinary Technician is to apply today. You can learn more about financial aid options, available to those who qualify, by visiting our Financial Aid and Scholarships pages, or by contacting us to request more information.
|Annual VTNE Pass Percentages||July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017|
|Number of first-time candidates passing VTNE||120|
|Number of first-time test takers||165|
|VTNE pass percentage||72.73%|
About the Veterinary Technology (AAS) Degree at Argosy University, Twin Cities
The five-semester Veterinary Technology degree requires 60 credit hours of study, which includes 21 credit hours of required General Education courses. Full-time students following the recommended curriculum outline can complete the program in 21 months. The maximum allowable timeframe to complete this program (based on full-time status) is 30 months.
After graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology degree, students are prepared to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). Upon passing, a student can become a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT).
What knowledge and skills can I gain from completing the Twin Cities Veterinary Technology Program?
Students can learn and develop a variety of skills, including learning how to administer injections (skin, muscular, intravenous), draw blood, administer medications and treatments, assist in surgery, perform diagnostic lab tests and dental cleanings, take x-rays, place IV catheters, administering fluid therapy, and the handling of exotic animals and large animals, including horses, cows, goats, and llamas. During their course of study, students can develop the confidence, self-discipline, perseverance and interpersonal skills that enable them to create bonds with animal patients, pet owners, colleagues and supervisors.
What career opportunities are there for graduates of the Veterinary Technology Program?
While most graduates enter a small animal clinical practice, providing care to dogs, cats and exotic animals, others pursue careers in large animal medicine, mixed animal medicine, laboratory animal medicine, and wildlife and zoological medicine. After 3-5 years of practice, Certified Veterinary Technicians may also pursue specialty certifications in such areas as emergency medicine and critical care, laboratory animal medicine, animal behavior, clinical pathology, anesthesia and analgesia, dentistry, dermatology, nutrition, equine medicine, physical rehabilitation, internal medicine, zoological medicine, and surgical assisting.
Meet Twin Cities Veterinary Technology Graduates
Catie McConnell, 2017 graduate: “The Twin Cities Vet Tech program allows students to gain valuable experience serving ‘real patients.’ Working directly with animals while training was an amazing opportunity. The faculty is the heart of the program. Their experience, passion and knowledge provides students with a solid foundation. They’re incredibly supportive and committed to seeing students succeed.”
Courtney Coleman, Student: “I chose the Vet Tech program at Twin Cities because I heard nothing but great things about the faculty. Having completed the program, I understand why. The instructors are more than professional and knowledgeable. They’re approachable and invested in seeing their student succeed, which creates a very supportive environment for learning.”
Zuzana Wilson, 2015 graduate: “I highly recommend Argosy to anyone considering a Veterinary Technology program. The combination of great lectures, lab classes, demonstrations and hands-on experience prepared me well for a career I love.”
How to Apply
The first step toward launching your career in Veterinary Technology is to apply today. You can learn more about financial aid options, available to those who qualify, by visiting our Financial Aid and Scholarships pages, or by contacting us to request more information.