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Veterinary Technology (AAS-VET)

What is a Veterinary Technician?

Have you always dreamed of a career helping animals? You can make that dream a reality through a career in Veterinary Technology.  A veterinary technician works under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to provide the doctor with technical support in the daily care of animal patients.  Some of the responsibilities of a veterinary technician include: obtain and record patient case histories; collect specimens and perform laboratory procedures; provide specialized nursing care; prepare animals, instruments, and equipment for surgery; assist in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures; expose and develop radiographs (x-rays); advise and educate animal owners; supervise and train practice personnel; and perform dental prophylaxes. Veterinary technicians ensure that patients of all species, whether in a clinical practice or a zoo, receive the best possible care and attention.

After graduating from an accredited program with a 2-year Associate's degree or a 4-year Bachelor's degree, the student must pass a national credentialing examination and keep up-to-date with continuing education to be considered licensed/registered/certified (the term used varies by state) veterinary technicians.

While the majority of veterinary technicians are employed in private practice, the demand for technicians is rapidly expanding to include new employment opportunities. Veterinary Technicians may be employed in human and animal health-related areas and specialties such as military service, food safety inspection, teaching, zoo animal and wildlife care, diagnostic laboratory support, biomedical research, veterinary supply sales, animal control and humane society animal care, and drug and feed company technical service and sales.

Students interested in a career in veterinary technology should have an aptitude for general science, math and biology and demonstrate basic language and communication skills. Students should be aware that this career is both emotionally and physically demanding and most job situations require an employee to work evenings, weekends and some holidays.

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Program Location:  Bay Minette Campus and Online

Nursing and Allied Health Division

Length: Five Semesters

This program is designed to provide students the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to enter the Veterinary Technology services occupation as employees of veterinary offices and clinics. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for the licensure exam as administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards and the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

This program is offered online; however, students must come to campus at designated dates and attend weekly clinicals at an approved veterinary facility in Alabama. Students who do not have previous veterinary experience must complete clinical hours in an approved clinical site in Mobile or Baldwin County. Program admission is Spring Semester. A separate veterinary technology application is due by November 1 of the preceding year.

  1. Unconditional admission to Coastal Alabama and active student in good standing.
  2. Submit all transcripts to admissions.                                      
  3. Submit Veterinary Technology Application by stated deadline.
  4. Complete or be in the process of completing the following four required general education courses prior to application deadline with a grade of C or higher:  ENG 101, MTH 100, SPH 107, and BIO 103.
  5. Provide proof of medical insurance.                             
  6. Must be 18 years of age by the beginning of the fall semester in the program.
  7. Submit Veterinary Technician Job Observation and Interview Questionnaire.
  8. Submit the recorded statement of interest and intent included in the Veterinary Technology Application.
  9. Meet the essential eligibility criteria or technical standards required for veterinary technology.

Completion of the above requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Prospective students are rank ordered based on a point system to determine acceptance into the program. Please contact the Veterinary Technology division if you have any questions or need any assistance completing the application.

Students are selected based on the following point system:
  1. 30 points for an A, 20 points for a B, and 10 points for a C in ENG 101, MTH 100, and BIO 103.
  2. 10 points for a GPA of 3.1-4.0, 5 points for a GPA of 2.1-3.0, 0 points for GPA of 2.0 or less.    
  3. Five points for an advanced Math, 5 points for BIO 201, and 5 points for BIO 202 with a C or higher.  
  4. Five points for veterinary experience.

Students in process of taking core pre-requisites during the Fall Semester at time of application may be accepted into the program on a provisional basis and may begin the program Spring Semester provided the pre-requisites are passed with a "C" or higher.

Students must have access to a computer with high speed internet connection and video capabilities/web cam and provide own transportation to clinical sites.  Coastal Alabama Community College Library Services provides rental of computers for current students, if needed.  All VET courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher for satisfactory progression and graduation. 

This is a career program designed for students to go directly into the labor market upon completion. Although some of the courses in this program will transfer to four-year institutions, this program is not designed to be a transfer program of study; therefore, it is not subject to the terms and conditions of Alabama Transfers state transfer and articulation reporting system.

The Veterinary Technology Program at Coastal Alabama Community College is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).

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Courses Required for Program Application

Please note that MTH 116, Mathematical Applications, does not fulfill the Math requirement. 

ORI 101, Orientation to College, is required for first time college students. 

Item # Title Credits
BIO 103 Principles of Biology I 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
MTH 100 Intermediate College Algebra 3
SPH 106 or SPH 107 + 3
Sub-total Credits 13

Semester One (Spring)

Item # Title Credits
VET 110 Vet Tech Clinics I 2
VET 112 Introduction to Vet Technology 5
VET 114 Clinical Anatomy & Physiology of Animals 5
Social Science/History Elective (3 SH) + 3
Sub-total Credits 15

Semester Two (Summer)

Item # Title Credits
VET 120 Vet Tech Clinics II 3
VET 124 Clinical Procedures & Pathology 4
VET 236 Vet Microbiology & Parasitology 3
VET 242 Animal Nutrition and Laboratory Animals 3
Sub-total Credits 13

Semester Three (Fall)

Item # Title Credits
VET 126 Animal Diseases & Immunology 3
VET 230 Vet Tech Clinics III 3
VET 232 Anesthesia and Diagnostic Imaging 4
VET 234 Animal Pharmacology & Toxicology 3
Humanities and Fine Arts Elective (I) + 3
Sub-total Credits 16

Semester Four (Spring)

Item # Title Credits
VET 122 Vet Tech Emergencies & First Aid 5
VET 240 Vet Tech Clinics IV 3
VET 244 Seminar in Veterinary Technology 3
VET 250 Vet Tech Preceptorship 3
Sub-total Credits 14


*Depending on the program or course, a student may also be required to purchase certain necessary tools and supplies.

What is the Expected Salary?

Nationwide, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the median annual wage for veterinary technologists and technicians was $36,850 in 2021, which translates to $17.72 per hour. Required Education: Associate degree in veterinary technology. Licensure & Certification Requirements: Vet Techs must obtain state-issued credentials, which typically requires passing the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). Projected Job Growth (2021-2031): 20% for veterinary technicians and technologists. Median Salary (2021): $36,850 for veterinary technicians and technologists. 

Required Education Associate degree in veterinary technology
Licensure & Certification Requirements Vet Techs must obtain state-issued credentials, which typically requires passing the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE)
Projected Job Growth (2016-2026) 19% for veterinary technicians and technologists*
Median Salary (2017) $33,400 for veterinary technicians and technologists*

VTNE 3yr Pass Rate July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2023

VTNE Reporting to the Community

Number of First-Time Candidates that have taken the VTNE 35
Three-year VTNE pass percentage 57.14%

Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Technology Files
Name File Type
Veterinary Technology Handbook 2023 - 2024
Veterinary Technology Program Application

New Clinical Site Application Packet and Forms

New Clinical Site Application Packet and Forms Files
Name File Type
Aggressive Animal / Bite Protocol (PDF)
New Site Clinic Approval Packet - Supervisor Information Letter
Veterinary Technology Equipment and Species List Form (PDF)
Veterinary Technology IACUC and Whisteblower MOU Addendum
Veterinary Technology Inappropriate Animal Use or Abuse Reporting Form
Veterinary Technology Memorandum of Understanding (PDF)
Veterinary Technology New Clinic Packet Information Letter
Veterinary Technology Program Clinical Facility Hospital Standards
Veterinary Technology Program Clinical Site Photo Checklist
Veterinary Technology Public Notification of Student Employment
Veterinary Technology USDA Animal Welfare Act Animal Care Blue Book

Clinical Site Forms (IACUC) and Resources

Clinical Site Forms (IACUC) and Resources Files
Name File Type
IACUC Protocol VET 232 1038 Pre-Anesthesia Prep for the Patient
IACUC Protocol VET 110 1003 Microchip Implantation and Scanning
IACUC Protocol VET 110 1006 Surgical Site Prep Aseptic Technique
IACUC Protocol VET 110 1009 Patient Positioning
IACUC Protocol VET 110 1015 Basic Husbandry
IACUC Protocol VET 112 1001 Muzzle a Dog and Cat
IACUC Protocol VET 112 1002 Restraint for Exam and Procedures
IACUC Protocol VET 112 1004 Venipuncture
IACUC Protocol VET 112 1005 Topical Medication Application
IACUC Protocol VET 112 1007 Pole Restraint and Other Restriant Aids
IACUC Protocol VET 112 1008 Physical Exam
IACUC Protocol VET 112 1010 Parental Medication Injections
IACUC Protocol VET 112 1011 Ocular Diagnostic Tests
IACUC Protocol VET 112 1012 Enteral Medications
IACUC Protocol VET 112 1013 E-Collar Placement
IACUC Protocol VET 112 1014 Encage and Remove
IACUC Protocol VET 120 1016 Suture Removal
IACUC Protocol VET 120 1017 Skin Scrape
IACUC Protocol VET 120 1018 IV Meds
IACUC Protocol VET 120 1019 Intradermal Injection
IACUC Protocol VET 122 1020 Anesthesia Monitoring
IACUC Protocol VET 122 1021 Blood Transfusions
IACUC Protocol VET 122 1022 Blood Crossmatching
IACUC Protocol VET 122 1023 Enemas
IACUC Protocol VET 122 1024 Gastric Intubation and Lavage
IACUC Protocol VET 122 1025 Intensive Care Patient Monitoring
IACUC Protocol VET 122 1026 Nasogastric Intubation
IACUC Protocol VET 122 1027 Resuscitation Bag
IACUC Protocol VET 124 1028 Cystocentesis
IACUC Protocol VET 124 1029 Ear Sample Collect and Prep
IACUC Protocol VET 124 1030 Skin Scraping
IACUC Protocol VET 124 1031 Male Dog Urinary Catheterization
IACUC Protocol VET 124 1032 Urinary Catheter Male
IACUC Protocol VET 124 1033 Free Catch Urine Collection
IACUC Protocol VET 124 1034 External Parasite Visualization
IACUC Protocol VET 230 1035 Apply Bandages and Splints
IACUC Protocol VET 230 1036 Removal of Splints Bandages and Casts
IACUC Protocol VET 230 1037 Complete Dental Prophylaxis
IACUC Protocol VET 232 1039 Administer Injectable Anesthesia
IACUC Protocol VET 232 1040 Anesthesia Monitoring and Maintenance
IACUC Protocol VET 232 1041 Participate in Feline and Canine OHE
IACUC Protocol VET 232 1042 Participate in Feline and Canine Castration
IACUC Protocol VET 232 1043 Anesthesia Recovery
IACUC Protocol VET 232 1044 Suturing Techniques
IACUC Protocol VET 232 1045 ECG Tracing
IACUC Protocol VET 232 1046 Ultrasound of Small Animal
IACUC Protocol VET 232 1047 Lat Thoracic Rads
IACUC Protocol VET 232 1048 VD Thoracic Rads
IACUC Protocol VET 232 1050 VD Abdominal Rads
IACUC Protocol VET 232 1051 Dental Radiology
IACUC Protocol VET 232 1052 OFA Rads
IACUC Protocol VET 232 1053 Barium Study
IACUC Protocol VET 240 1054 Operate a Cattle Chute
IACUC Protocol VET 240 1055 Haltering a Large Animal
IACUC Protocol VET 240 1056 Bovine Tail Restraint
IACUC Protocol VET 240 1057 Bovine Physical Exam
IACUC Protocol VET 240 1058 Collect & Report TPR on Any Large Animal
IACUC Protocol VET 240 1059 Bolus Medication in Food Animal
IACUC Protocol VET 240 1060 Liquid Medication in Food Animal
IACUC Protocol VET 240 1061 California Mastitis Test
IACUC Protocol VET 240 1062 SQ Inj Food Animal
IACUC Protocol VET 240 1064 Jugular Venipuncture and IV Inj Bovine
IACUC Protocol VET 240 1065 Haltering and Leading a Horse
IACUC Protocol VET 240 1066 IM in Equine
IACUC Protocol VET 240 1067 Jugular Venipuncture IV In Equine
IACUC Protocol VET 240 1068 Attach Rope or Chain Twitch Equine
IACUC Protocol VET 240 1069 Equine Physical Exam
IACUC Protocol VET 240 1070 Equine Tail Wrap
IACUC Protocol VET 240 1071 Equine Lower Leg Wrap
IACUC Protocol VET 240 1072 Large Animal Radiograph Fetlock
IACUC Protocol VET 242 1073 Bird Restraint and Physical Exam
IACUC Protocol VET 242 1074 Avian Nail Trim
IACUC Protocol VET 242 1075 Oral Medication in Birds
IACUC Protocol VET 242 1076 Nail Trim Pocket Pet
IACUC Protocol VET 242 1077 Towel Restraint of Rabbit Head Exposed
IACUC Protocol VET 242 1078 Towel Restraint of Rabbit for IM Inj
IACUC Protocol VET 242 1079 Rabbit Restraint in Cat Bag or Commercial
IACUC Protocol VET 242 1080 Rabbit Restraint for PE and Sex Determination
IACUC Protocol VET 242 1081 Oral Medication to a Rabbit
IACUC Protocol VET 242 1082 SQ Injection in Rabbit
IACUC Protocol VET 242 1083 Blood Draw from a Rabbit
New Site Clinic Information Letter - Updated November 2014
Off-Campus Clinical Facility Questionnaire
vet tech - memorandum of understanding - november 19 2013


AAS Veterinary Technology

The following estimates expenses for completion of the nursing proram. Keep in mind that these expenses are estimates only and may vary (immunizations, physical, etc.)

Item Cost

Two- Year Associates Degree at $166/ Credit Hour (In-State Tuition)

$293/ Credit Hour (Out-Of-State Tuition) 71 Credit Hours


$20,803 (Out-Of-State)

Books  $1775
Medical Insuracne $500
Rabies Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PreEP) $850 (dependent on health insurance eligibility)
Uniforms $125
Castle Branch (Drug Screening, Immunization Tracker & Background Check) $175
Lab Fees (Dissection Lab, Seminar) $110
Testing Fees (Zuku Review) $200
Graduation Fees $25 (optional)
Veterinary Technician National Exam $450
Total $16,079

Optional Items: Stethoscope, Watch, Calculator, etc... $150)





Financial Aid is Available


Bay Minette Campus

1900 Highway 31 South
Bay Minette, AL 36507