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Veterinary Technology at PPCC

Veterinary medicine is a dream job for animal lovers. PPCC's accredited Veterinary Technology program prepares you to be job-ready for work in a variety of medical practices, research, conservation, wildlife rehab, and livestock health. PPCC currently offers a Veterinary Assistant Certification and will soon offer a Veterinary Technician, AAS degree. 

What you will study

PPCC's Veterinary Technology programs educate and empower students to work in the veterinary healthcare field. Graduates will be trained to professionally and ethically interact with patients, clients, and other veterinary healthcare professionals. 

You will study a variety of topics, including radiology and imaging, humane restraint technique, pharmacology, parasitology, laboratory procedures, surgical procedures and nursing, exotic animal care, large animal nursing and care, and more. 



Classes you might take

Introduces students to the structure of veterinary medical terms with emphasis on using and combining the most common prefixes, roots and suffixes. Includes terms related to major body systems, oncology, psychiatry, as well as clinical laboratory and diagnostic procedures and imaging. Class structure provides accepted pronunciation of terms and relative use in the veterinary specific setting.
Explores the topic of companion animal behavior through: critical reviews of behavioral literature and its implications for applied techniques in behavior, demonstrations of applied techniques for modifying animal behavior and the application of the principles of companion animal body posture and communication to everyday treatment of animals. Focuses on treatment of animals in veterinary practice, including improving handling techniques and safety.
Introduces surgical assisting of the veterinarian and/or the veterinary technician, including basic knowledge of surgical instruments and surgery room hygiene. It also introduces basic nursing care of animal patients including safety concerns and nursing procedures.
Presents common veterinary office procedures including administration, professional etiquette, client relations, career development and job searching skills. Enrichment of computer skills in relationship to current veterinary management software will be emphasized.

Career Options

You will be job-ready for entry-level positions in a general practice, emergency and critical care, specialty practice, or research as well as in conservation, wildlife rehab, and livestock health.

Upon graduation as a Certified Veterinary Assistant, you will be qualified to take vitals and do initial assessment with animal caregivers, maintain patient records, assist vet techs with diagnostic tests, maintain medical supplies, set-up supplies and equipment for medical procedures, and care for animals after surgery. 

Upon graduation with an Associate of Applied Science (program start date TBD) , you will be eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) which allows you to become Certified Veterinary Technicians (CVTs) by the state of Colorado. You will be qualified to perform a variety of tasks, such as vaccine and medication administration, various diagnostic procedures, intermediate or advanced life-saving measures, and surgical nursing.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient at the completion of an academic program. Program Learning Outcomes link with course learning outcomes and competencies.

Program Learning Outcomes

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Department Chair

Denise Weber, CVT
(719) 502-3335

Terri Aguero, Asst. to the Dean
(719) 502-3035