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Veterinary Technician

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

Turn your love of animals into a satisfying career! BTC’s Veterinary Technician program is ideal if you have an aptitude for math and science, and are interested in being a valuable part of the veterinary care team. You’ll work with animals and people, in a job that is different every day.


With BTC’s high quality education and hands-on training, you’ll gain the valuable skills needed now by veterinary hospitals, surgery centers, specialty care providers, zoos, and wildlife facilities.


Prior to the first day of the first quarter, students must be 18 years of age.


AAS-T denotes that the pre-requisite courses are transferrable to most four year institutions. Some program courses may be transferrable, dependent on the receiving institution.

Employment Information

85% BTC graduate placement rate

$33,592 starting annual wage

$37,253 average annual wage

$41,766 potential annual wage

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Jobs & Employment

Job opportunities in this profession are expected to be excellent. About 85 percent of program graduates are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $37,253, with an earning potential of about $41,766 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Veterinary technicians typically conduct clinical work in a private practice under the supervision of a veterinarian, performing various medical tests in a laboratory setting along with treating medical conditions and diseases in animals.

They may work in research facilities, where they may administer medications orally or topically, prepare samples for laboratory examinations, and record information on an animal’s genealogy, diet, weight, medications, food intake, and clinical signs of pain and distress. They may also work with other scientists in medical-related fields such as gene therapy and cloning. Other opportunities exist in biomedical research, wildlife medicine, the military, livestock management, education, or pharmaceutical sales.

Courses

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS144 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • VET 120Medical Dosages and Calculations3 credits

    This course will cover the necessary concepts involved in mathematics used in veterinary medicine. This will include: dosage calculations, English and metric conversions, per cents, ratios, and other technical applications. This course includes both lecture and lab learning formats.


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  • VETT 101Veterinary Nursing I4 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to safely and effectively obtain subjective and objective patient data that will allow accurate evaluation of the patient with minimum stress and maximum safety. Also, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to interpret animal body language and use restraint techniques appropriate to the patient and its care needs.

    Prerequisite:
    Veterinary Technician Program Admission. ENGL& 101, MATH& 107, BIOL& 160, CHEM&121, AND VETT 100 all with a C or higher. PSYC&100 with a C or higher or CMST& 210 with a C or higher

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  • VETT 102Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology I5 credits

    Upon completion of this course, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable in the function of basic cell structure, skeletal anatomy & physiology, integument & muscular systems, the respiratory & cardiovascular systems, the hemolymphatic, gastrointestinal, endocrine, reproductive, urinary, & nervous systems in the canine and feline.

    Prerequisite:
    Veterinary Technician Program Admission.

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  • VETT 103Veterinary Medical Terminology3 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will: understand terms of anatomical topography, nursing records, and pharmaceutical, emergency and surgical, medicine, and patient description terms; students should also be comfortable and accurate with metric system conversion.

    Prerequisite:
    Veterinary Technician Program Admission.

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  • VETT 201Mentorship Lab I2 credits

    This lab requires students, under the supervision of a mentor or the faculty, to demonstrate competency in an escalating list of skills in the lab and the clinical sites. Each quarter builds upon that quarter's didactic material as well as previous skill sets. Primary skill focus: animal restraint, physical exam, diagnostic sampling, and small animal patient care.

    Prerequisite:
    Veterinary Technician Program Admission.

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  • Quarter 2
  • VETT 104Veterinary Nutrition I3 credits

    Given the characteristics of the patient, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will understand appropriate and inappropriate dietary components for various life stages to promote optimal health. Also, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to explain nutritional recommendations to clients and reinforce owner compliance.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 101, VETT 102 & VETT 103 with C- or higher in each course.

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  • VETT 105Learning for a Lifetime2 credits

    The goals of this module are to enable the student to learn the materials of Veterinary Technician medicine in a logical, goal-oriented manner. The Veterinary Technician student should be empowered with critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The Veterinary Technician student should be able to utilize a variety of reference media and assess that material for quality of content. Finally, the Veterinary Technician student should be able to tailor study skills to address their personal strengths and weaknesses with the goal of maximizing retention of material learned during the Veterinary Technician Program and in continuing education pursuits throughout his or her career.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 101, VETT 102 & VETT 103 with a C- or higher in each course.

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  • VETT 106Microbiology, Virology, & Mycology3 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to classify, collect, & culture bacteria. The Veterinary Assistant or Veterinary Technician student will also be knowledgeable in mycology & virology.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 101, VETT 102 & VETT 103 with a C- or higher in each course.

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  • VETT 107Small Animal Parasitology4 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to: 1) Identify & describe the life cycle of ecto- and endo- parasites; 2) Understand the importance of parasites in veterinary and zoonotic disease; 3) Understand the importance of, and demonstrate proper diagnostic fecal techniques; 4) Identify parasite ova, adults and non-parasite artifacts; 5) Describe prevention of parasitic diseases.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 101, VETT 102 & VETT 103 with a minimum grade of C- in each course.

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  • VETT 108Radiology I4 credits

    Given the characteristics of the patient and the radiographic study that has been requested, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to prepare the radiographic equipment, measure the animal using topographic landmarks and choose the appropriate radiographic technique to provide maximum diagnostic benefit in an appropriate and safe manner. The student will also be able to assess the image quality and offer options to correct deficiencies.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 101, VETT 102 & VETT 103 all with a C- or higher

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  • VETT 202Mentorship Lab II2 credits

    This lab requires students, under the supervision of a mentor or the faculty, to demonstrate competency in an escalating list of skills in the lab and the clinical sites. Each quarter builds upon that quarter's didactic material as well as previous skill sets. Primary skills focus: advanced sampling techniques and beginning radiology.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 201 with a C- or higher

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  • Quarter 3
  • VETT 109Clinical Laboratory Sciences4 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to properly handle and submit appropriate samples for diagnostic analysis to ensure maximum accuracy of results. Also, give the characteristics of the laboratory equipment; the student will perform diagnostic tests and determine proper maintenance and quality control procedures necessary to ensure accurate results. Skills will be developed in performing basic hematology, urinalysis and cytology.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 101, VETT 102 & VETT 103 All with a C- or higher.

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  • VETT 110Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology II3 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable in: 1) Unique equine features: head and gastrointestinal tract and reproductive tract; 2) Unique ruminant features: gastrointestinal tract and reproductive tract and foot; 3) Avian anatomy.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 104, VETT 106, VETT 107, & VETT 108 with a C- or higher in each course.

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  • VETT 111Small Animal Medicine I3 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable in: 1) The general approach to medical problems and become familiar with systemic diseases; 2) Respiratory & cardiac diseases; 3) Gastrointestinal diseases; 4) Urinary tract diseases; 5) Liver & pancreas diseases; 6) Endocrine diseases; 7) Neurologic diseases; 8) Erythrocytes, platelets, & coagulation.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 104, VETT 106, VETT 107, & VETT 108 with a minimum grade of C- in each course.

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  • VETT 112Veterinary Nursing II: Surgical5 credits

    Given the characteristics of the patient and the surgical procedure to be performed, the Veterinary Technician student will be able to: 1) Assess the patient’s pre-surgical status and tests and report to the veterinarian; 2) Identify surgical equipment; 3) Identify and apply appropriate surgical site preparation of hair clipping and decontamination; 4) Position the patient appropriately for maximum surgical convenience and safety; 5) Maintain aseptic technique for surgical facility and equipment

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 104, VETT 106, VETT 107, & VETT 108 with a C- or higher in each course.

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  • VETT 203Mentorship Lab III2 credits

    This lab requires students, under the supervision of a mentor or the faculty, to demonstrate competency in an escalating list of skills in the lab and the clinical sites. Each quarter builds upon that quarter's didactic material as well as previous skill sets. Primary skills focus: surgical assisting and nursing, dressing and bandaging techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 202 with a C- or higher

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  • Quarter 4
  • VETT 117Veterinary Nursing III: Large Animal4 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be able to safely and effectively obtain subjective and objective patient data that will allow accurate evaluation of the patient with minimum stress and maximum safety. In addition, the student will be able to carry out appropriate therapeutic techniques and diagnostics in order to achieve maximum health benefits for the large animal (equine/bovine/porcine) patient.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 110 with a C- or higher
  • VETT 118Small Animal Medicine II3 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable with the following relative small animal medicine: 1) Lymphatics, spleen, & bone marrow; 2) Reproductive disorders; 3) Trauma medicine; 4) Transfusion medicine; 5) Sepsis; 6) Diabetes mellitus & diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA); 7) Acute abdomen stabilization.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 105, VETT 110, VETT 111, VETT 112, VETT 113, VETT 114 & VETT 203 with a minimum grade of C- in each course
  • VETT 119Advanced Clinical Lab Sciences4 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable in the following advanced clinical laboratory sciences: 1) Seology & antigen testing; 2) Pulse oximetry, capnography, & blood gas analysis; 3) Electrocardiogram (EKG); 4) Arthrocentesis, CSF tap, & bone marrow evaluation; 5) Blood pressure evaluation; 6) Thoracocentesis, abdominocentesis, & transtracheal wash; 7) Advanced hematology.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 105, VETT 110, VETT 111, VETT 112 & VETT 203 with a minimum grade of C- in each course
  • VETT 120Anesthesia5 credits

    Given the characteristics of the anesthetic patient and the procedure, (directed by the veterinarian) the Veterinary Technician student will assess patient risk status and determine appropriate perianesthetic, anesthetic and pain management protocols. Also (directed by the veterinarian), the Veterinary Technician student will choose appropriate monitoring equipment and techniques to maintain safe anesthesia, pain management and anesthesia recovery.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 105, VETT 110, VETT 111, VETT 112 & VETT 203 with a minimum grade of C- in each course
  • VETT 204Mentorship Lab IV2 credits

    This lab requires students, under the supervision of a mentor or the faculty, to demonstrate competency in an escalating list of skills in the lab and the clinical sites. Each quarter builds upon that quarter's didactic material as well as previous skill sets. Primary skills focus: anesthesia and advanced diagnostics.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 203 with a C- or higher
  • Quarter 5
  • VETT 113Immunology & Pharmacology I3 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be able to calculate the correct amount of medication in the prescribed form and administer it by the prescribed route as directed by a veterinarian. The Veterinary Technician student shall also be able to differentiate between normal and abnormal responses to medications and communicate necessary information to clients in order to maximize safety and compliance for effective treatment. Finally, the Veterinary Technician student should be proficient at inventory control procedures, especially as applied to controlled substances.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 104, VETT 106, VETT 107, VETT 108 & VETT 109 with a C- or higher in each course
  • VETT 114Dentistry4 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable of: 1) Dental anatomy & pathophysiology; 2) Dental radiographs; 3) Dental instruments & usage; 4) Large animal dentistry (equine & swine); 5) Small mammal dentistry & avian beaks.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 104, VETT 106, VETT 107, VETT 108 & VETT 109 with a C- or higher in each course
  • VETT 115Radiology II4 credits

    Given the characteristics of the patient and the radiographic study that has been requested, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to prepare the radiographic equipment, measure the animal using topographic landmarks and choose the appropriate radiographic technique to provide maximum diagnostic benefit in an appropriate and safe manner for specialty studies of the spine, pelvis and GI tract of the dog/cat.. The Veterinary Technician student will be able to assess the image quality and offer options to correct deficiencies. Also given the characteristics of the patient and the non-radiographic imaging study requested, the Veterinary Technician student will properly prepare the imaging site and equipment and position the patient appropriately for the study of large animal leg/foot.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 105, VETT 110, VETT 111, and VETT 112 with a C- or higher in each course
  • VETT 116Large Animal Medicine3 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable in: 1) Equine preventative health care, gastrointestinal diseases, respiratory & cardia diseases, lameness, & reproductive & neonate diseases; 2) Bovine gastrointestinal & reproductive diseases; 3) Important diseases of sheep, goats, & llamas.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 110, VETT 118, VETT 119 & VETT 120 with a minimum grade of C- in each course
  • VETT 125Humanity of Veterinary Medicine2 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be able to effectively contribute to the professional and efficient operation of the veterinary facility in order to provide maximum benefits to clients, patients and the facility. Also, the Veterinary Technician student will be able to effectively and accurately acquire and convey information to the client and to veterinary colleagues.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 105, VETT 110, VETT 111, VETT 112 & VETT 203 with a minimum grade of C- in each course
  • VETT 205Mentorship Lab V2 credits

    This lab requires students, under the supervision of a mentor or the faculty, to demonstrate competency in an escalating list of skills in the lab and the clinical sites. Each quarter builds upon that quarter's didactic material as well as previous skill sets. Primary skills focus: equine patient care, bovine patient care, and advanced radiology procedures.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 204 with a C- or higher
  • Quarter 6
  • VETT 121Exotic Animal Medicine3 credits

    Given the unique requirements for exotic species, the Veterinary Technician student will safely obtain subjective and objective data that will allow evaluation of these animals. The Veterinary Technician student will be able to: identify husbandry issues and recognize normal from abnormal behaviors and vital signs.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 105, VETT 110, VETT 111, VETT 112, VETT 113, VETT 114 & VETT 203 with a minimum grade of C- in each course
  • VETT 122Veterinary Nutrition II2 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable of: 1) Nutrition & recovery care; 2) Therapeutic nutrition; 3) Small mammal & avian nutrition; 4) Nutrition of lizards, snakes, & turtles.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 115, VETT 118, VETT 119, VETT 120 & VETT 125 with a minimum grade of C- in each course
  • VETT 123Veterinary Nursing IV: Critical Care5 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be able to safely and effectively obtain subjective and objective patient data that will allow accurate evaluation of the patient with minimum stress and maximum safety. Also, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to carry out appropriate therapeutic techniques in order to achieve maximum health benefits for the patient.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 115, VETT 118, VETT 119, VETT 120 & VETT 125 with a minimum grade of C- in each course
  • VETT 124Specialty Medicine3 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable of the following veterinary medicine specialities: 1) Ophthamology; 2) Dermatology; 3) Oncology; 4) Alternative & complimentary medicine; 5) Physical therapy; 6) Cardiology; 7) Theriogenology; 8) Hospice care.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 115, VETT 118, VETT 119, VETT 120 & VETT 125 with a minimum grade of C- in each course
  • VETT 126Pharmacology II3 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable of: 1) Gastrointestinal drugs; 2) Hormones; 3) Anticonvulsants; 4) Therapies for the following: hypertension, airway disease, allergic disease, heart disease, & behavior disorders.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 115, VETT 118, VETT 119, VETT 120 & VETT 125 with a minimum grade of C- in each course
  • VETT 206Mentorship Lab VI2 credits

    This lab requires students, under the supervision of a mentor or the faculty, to demonstrate competency in an escalating list of skills in the lab and the clinical sites. Each quarter builds upon that quarter's didactic material as well as previous skill sets. Primary skills focus: exotic animals, nutrition, specialized medicine and advanced nursing care.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 205 with a C- or higher
  • Quarter 7
  • VETT 130Veterinary Clinical Work Experience10 credits

    A cooperative effort between practicing veterinary facilities and Bellingham Technical College to provide hands-on training. Student will observe, assist, and perform tasks at selected facilities as directed by veterinary staff, using all knowledge gained during program.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 116, VETT 117, VETT 122, VETT 123, VETT 124, VETT 126 & VETT 205 with a minimum grade of C- in each course
  • Pre-Program
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

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    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or RDG 085 with a C or higher, and Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or RDG 085 with a B or higher and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or ENGL 092 with a B or higher or AENGL 100 with a C or higher.

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  • MATH& 107 *Math in Society5 credits

    College level coverage of practical applications in many fields of study. Topics will include probability, statistics, finance, geometry, graphing, growth & decay, and right triangle trigonometry.

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    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

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  • PSYC& 100 *General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

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    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

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  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

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    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

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  • BIOL& 160General Biology with Lab5 credits

    This course provides introduction to basic concepts of biology, with an emphasis on the cells as the fundamental unit of life. Topics include cell structure, basic chemical and biochemical concepts, metabolism, cell division, principles of genetics, biological diversity, and methods of scientific inquiry and critical thinking. Course establishes foundation necessary for continued biology study, especially in human anatomy and physiology. Lab included.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100 and Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098.

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  • CHEM& 121 *Intro to Chemistry5 credits

    Introductory course for non-science majors, nursing, and environmental science students. Includes basic concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry, the nature of atoms, molecules and chemical bonds, chemical notation, chemistry of solutions, scientific reasoning, and problem-solving in the study of the theory and application of chemistry. Lab work is included.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 85 or RDG 085 with a B or higher, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 86 or ENGL 092 with a B or higher or AENGL 100 with a C or higher and ACCUPLACER College Math score of 75 or MATH 099 with a C or higher.

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  • VETT 100Intro to Veterinary Technology2 credits

    This course offers an exploration of the Veterinary Technician profession for individuals considering application to the Veterinary Technician Program. The course will explore employment options for Veterinary Technician graduates and the specific tasks, skills and aptitudes needed to successfully complete the Veterinary Technician Program. The student will be responsible for their own transportation to any fieldtrip assignments. Students are required to receive a C in this course in order to apply for the Veterinary Technician program.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS144 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T class options and alternatives

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


The program will be admitting new students in Fall Quarter 2021.

Please refer any early program questions such as course transfers, observation hours requirements or pre-requisite course requirements to Mark O’Connor, Vet Tech Academic Advisor. Mark can be reached at MOconnor@btc.edu. To schedule an in-person meeting, please call 360.752.8345

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


Entry Requirements

Students who have completed ALL prerequisite requirements before the start of first quarter core courses will be admitted, after the conclusion of our Grandfathering process, and based on the order in which they register for remaining open seats.

All Program Registration Requirements:

Completion (or enrollment at BTC) of the following courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 (C) or better

  • English Composition 1 (ENGL& 101)
  • Math in Society (MATH& 107) or any MATH course from the AAS-T alternative course list will be accepted.
  • Interpersonal Communications (CMST& 210) or General Psychology (PSYC& 100)
  • General Biology with Lab (BIOL& 160)
  • Introduction to Chemistry (CHEM& 121) preferred, will accept other courses in the following fields: BIOL, CHEM, OCEA, ZOOL
  • Intro to Veterinary Technology (VETT 100)
  • Evidence of High School graduation or equivalent submitted to BTC Admissions Department

ONLY for students who are transferring prior credits to BTC: Official transcripts documenting prerequisite course completion must be submitted and evaluated before registration.


Pre-Program Course Requirements


Make sure you are ready to register by reviewing the Program Checklist. There is NO application required for this program.

Only students who successfully register for open first quarter program seats will be responsible for providing the evidence of the following before starting classes:

  • NOTE: Students will be charged a fee of approximately $119 for the background check, drug screen, and tracking of required health documents. Health documents will need to be complete and submit to the department. You will be notified with instructions/information regarding these requirements by the department after registration.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
  • Care for animals in a manner that is safe for both animals and humans;
  • Promote public health;
  • Accept the responsibilities of his/her profession, to provide compassionate, competent, ethical care in a professional, conscientious manner;
  • Pursue lifelong learning to advance his/her knowledge of veterinary care;
  • Take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE);
  • Take the state exam and fulfill requirements for licensure as a veterinary technician;
  • Understand normal anatomy, physiology and behavior of health for the species studied;
  • Understand and participate in the process of diagnosis, therapy and prevention of animal disease;
  • Understand the profession of veterinary technician including: occupational safety, public health, client and colleague communication, ethics of animal welfare, and the human-animal bond;
  • Provide critical thinking skills to reason through clinical situations and take appropriate action;
  • Provide social interactive skills to facilitate excellent communication with clients and colleagues;
  • Provide psychomotor skills to facilitate quality, efficient diagnostic and therapeutic interventions;
  • Provide learning skills and tools to promote learning throughout career and lifetime.

Mark O

Mark O'Connor

Area of Instruction


Entry & Advising

Contact Info


360 752-8459
moconnor@btc.edu
College Services (CS) - Room 135


Lisa Dzyban - Instructor image

Lisa Dzyban

Area of Instruction


Veterinary Technician

Degrees and Certifications


Diploma, Small Animal Internal Medicine, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

DVM, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul

BS, Veterinary Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


360 752-8577
ldzyban@btc.edu
G Building (G) - Room G109B

 

Background


Profile
Dr. Dzyban is a veterinarian that is board certified in small animal internal medicine. She has fifteen years clinical experience in general and speci...

    • Dr. Dzyban is a veterinarian that is board certified in small animal internal medicine. She has fifteen years clinical experience in general and specialty small animal practice and four years experience as an instructor and specialist consultant. As a veterinary internist, she is adept in ultrasound, endoscopy, parenteral nutrition and chemotherapy techniques. Publications include "Peritoneal Dialysis" in Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy, "Peritoneal Dialysis" in the Journal of Emergency & Critical Care, "Cardiac Tamponade in Cavia Porcellus" in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, and "Granulomatous Meningoencephalitis" in the Journal of Veterinary Radiologists. She is a recipient of the Sue Tidball Award for Creative Humanity and an instructor for the American Red Cross. One of her life goals is to inspire excellence in animal care in veterinarians, veterinary technicians and animal owners.


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Madison Castrejon

Area of Instruction


Veterinary Technician

Degrees and Certifications


AAST, Veterinary Technician, Bellingham Technical College

Contact Info


360-752-8445
mcastrejon@btc.edu
R Building (R) - Room R2

 

Background


Profile
Madison Castrejon started as Laboratory Technician for Bellingham Technical College’s Veterinary Technician Program in 2017. She had 5 years of experi...

    • Madison Castrejon started as Laboratory Technician for Bellingham Technical College’s Veterinary Technician Program in 2017. She had 5 years of experience in the veterinary industry as an LVT prior to becoming employed at BTC. Madison received her veterinary technician training at Bellingham Technical College, and became a licensed LVT in 2012. She worked for small animal practices in Whatcom County upon graduation. Madison served as a head tech of a local practice for the 4 years preceding her employment at BTC. Outside of work, Madison enjoys spending time outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, cooking, gardening, taking camping trips with her husband, and serving as “staff” to her multiple pets who run the household.


Jennifer Trout - Instructor image

Jennifer Trout

Area of Instruction


Veterinary Technician

Degrees and Certifications


DVM, Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida

Contact Info


jtrout@btc.edu
R Building (R) - Room

 

Background


Profile
Jennifer Trout has been an adjunct instructor for the Veterinary Technician program at Bellingham Technical College since January 2018. She has been a...

    • Jennifer Trout has been an adjunct instructor for the Veterinary Technician program at Bellingham Technical College since January 2018. She has been a veterinarian for 17 years, receiving her degree from the University of Florida in 2001. Dr. Trout is a solo, large animal veterinarian, her main focus is with dairy cattle. She has also worked as a technical services veterinarian in the animal health industry. She grew up on a registered Holstein dairy in Maryland, where she was actively involved in 4-H and FFA. Dr. Trout attended Penn State for her undergraduate degree in dairy and animal science. She resides with her family in Lynden, where she enjoys gardening and working with their horses, Corgis and chickens.


Veterinary Assistant Certificate

Turn your love of animals into a satisfying career! BTC’s Veterinary Technician program is ideal if you have an aptitude for math and science, and are interested in being a valuable part of the veterinary care team. You’ll work with animals and people, in a job that is different every day.


Prior to the first day of the first quarter, students must be 18 years of age.


With BTC’s high quality education and hands-on training, you’ll gain the valuable skills needed now by veterinary hospitals, surgery centers, specialty care providers, zoos, and wildlife facilities.

Employment Information

$33,592 starting annual wage

$37,253 average annual wage

85% BTC graduate placement rate

$41,766 potential annual wage

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Jobs & Employment

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Veterinary technicians typically conduct clinical work in a private practice under the supervision of a veterinarian, performing various medical tests in a laboratory setting along with treating medical conditions and diseases in animals.

They may work in research facilities, where they may administer medications orally or topically, prepare samples for laboratory examinations, and record information on an animal’s genealogy, diet, weight, medications, food intake, and clinical signs of pain and distress. They may also work with other scientists in medical-related fields such as gene therapy and cloning. Other opportunities exist in biomedical research, wildlife medicine, the military, livestock management, education, or pharmaceutical sales.

Courses

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS62 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • VETT 101Veterinary Nursing I4 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to safely and effectively obtain subjective and objective patient data that will allow accurate evaluation of the patient with minimum stress and maximum safety. Also, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to interpret animal body language and use restraint techniques appropriate to the patient and its care needs.

    Prerequisite:
    Veterinary Technician Program Admission. ENGL& 101, MATH& 107, BIOL& 160, CHEM&121, AND VETT 100 all with a C or higher. PSYC&100 with a C or higher or CMST& 210 with a C or higher

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  • VETT 102Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology I5 credits

    Upon completion of this course, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable in the function of basic cell structure, skeletal anatomy & physiology, integument & muscular systems, the respiratory & cardiovascular systems, the hemolymphatic, gastrointestinal, endocrine, reproductive, urinary, & nervous systems in the canine and feline.

    Prerequisite:
    Veterinary Technician Program Admission.

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  • VETT 103Veterinary Medical Terminology3 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will: understand terms of anatomical topography, nursing records, and pharmaceutical, emergency and surgical, medicine, and patient description terms; students should also be comfortable and accurate with metric system conversion.

    Prerequisite:
    Veterinary Technician Program Admission.

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  • VET 120Medical Dosages and Calculations3 credits

    This course will cover the necessary concepts involved in mathematics used in veterinary medicine. This will include: dosage calculations, English and metric conversions, per cents, ratios, and other technical applications. This course includes both lecture and lab learning formats.


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  • VETT 201Mentorship Lab I2 credits

    This lab requires students, under the supervision of a mentor or the faculty, to demonstrate competency in an escalating list of skills in the lab and the clinical sites. Each quarter builds upon that quarter's didactic material as well as previous skill sets. Primary skill focus: animal restraint, physical exam, diagnostic sampling, and small animal patient care.

    Prerequisite:
    Veterinary Technician Program Admission.

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  • Quarter 2
  • VETT 104Veterinary Nutrition I3 credits

    Given the characteristics of the patient, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will understand appropriate and inappropriate dietary components for various life stages to promote optimal health. Also, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to explain nutritional recommendations to clients and reinforce owner compliance.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 101, VETT 102 & VETT 103 with C- or higher in each course.

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  • VETT 105Learning for a Lifetime2 credits

    The goals of this module are to enable the student to learn the materials of Veterinary Technician medicine in a logical, goal-oriented manner. The Veterinary Technician student should be empowered with critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The Veterinary Technician student should be able to utilize a variety of reference media and assess that material for quality of content. Finally, the Veterinary Technician student should be able to tailor study skills to address their personal strengths and weaknesses with the goal of maximizing retention of material learned during the Veterinary Technician Program and in continuing education pursuits throughout his or her career.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 101, VETT 102 & VETT 103 with a C- or higher in each course.

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  • VETT 106Microbiology, Virology, & Mycology3 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to classify, collect, & culture bacteria. The Veterinary Assistant or Veterinary Technician student will also be knowledgeable in mycology & virology.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 101, VETT 102 & VETT 103 with a C- or higher in each course.

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  • VETT 107Small Animal Parasitology4 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to: 1) Identify & describe the life cycle of ecto- and endo- parasites; 2) Understand the importance of parasites in veterinary and zoonotic disease; 3) Understand the importance of, and demonstrate proper diagnostic fecal techniques; 4) Identify parasite ova, adults and non-parasite artifacts; 5) Describe prevention of parasitic diseases.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 101, VETT 102 & VETT 103 with a minimum grade of C- in each course.

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  • VETT 108Radiology I4 credits

    Given the characteristics of the patient and the radiographic study that has been requested, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to prepare the radiographic equipment, measure the animal using topographic landmarks and choose the appropriate radiographic technique to provide maximum diagnostic benefit in an appropriate and safe manner. The student will also be able to assess the image quality and offer options to correct deficiencies.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 101, VETT 102 & VETT 103 all with a C- or higher

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  • VETT 202Mentorship Lab II2 credits

    This lab requires students, under the supervision of a mentor or the faculty, to demonstrate competency in an escalating list of skills in the lab and the clinical sites. Each quarter builds upon that quarter's didactic material as well as previous skill sets. Primary skills focus: advanced sampling techniques and beginning radiology.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 201 with a C- or higher

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  • Pre-Program
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or RDG 085 with a C or higher, and Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or RDG 085 with a B or higher and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or ENGL 092 with a B or higher or AENGL 100 with a C or higher.

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  • MATH& 107 *Math in Society5 credits

    College level coverage of practical applications in many fields of study. Topics will include probability, statistics, finance, geometry, graphing, growth & decay, and right triangle trigonometry.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

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  • BIOL& 160General Biology with Lab5 credits

    This course provides introduction to basic concepts of biology, with an emphasis on the cells as the fundamental unit of life. Topics include cell structure, basic chemical and biochemical concepts, metabolism, cell division, principles of genetics, biological diversity, and methods of scientific inquiry and critical thinking. Course establishes foundation necessary for continued biology study, especially in human anatomy and physiology. Lab included.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100 and Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098.

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  • CHEM& 121 *Intro to Chemistry5 credits

    Introductory course for non-science majors, nursing, and environmental science students. Includes basic concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry, the nature of atoms, molecules and chemical bonds, chemical notation, chemistry of solutions, scientific reasoning, and problem-solving in the study of the theory and application of chemistry. Lab work is included.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 85 or RDG 085 with a B or higher, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 86 or ENGL 092 with a B or higher or AENGL 100 with a C or higher and ACCUPLACER College Math score of 75 or MATH 099 with a C or higher.

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  • PSYC& 100 *General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

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  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

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  • VETT 100Into to Veterinary Technology2 credits

    This course offers an exploration of the Veterinary Technician profession for individuals considering application to the Veterinary Technician Program. The course will explore employment options for Veterinary Technician graduates and the specific tasks, skills and aptitudes needed to successfully complete the Veterinary Technician Program. The student will be responsible for their own transportation to any fieldtrip assignments. Students are required to receive a C in this course in order to apply for the Veterinary Technician program.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS62 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other Certificate or AAS General Education class options and alternatives

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


The program will be admitting new students in Fall Quarter 2021.

Please refer any early program questions such as course transfers, observation hours requirements or pre-requisite course requirements to Mark O’Connor, Vet Tech Academic Advisor. Mark can be reached at MOconnor@btc.edu. To schedule an in-person meeting, please call 360.752.8345

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


Entry Requirements

Students who have completed ALL prerequisite requirements before the start of first quarter core courses will be admitted, after the conclusion of our Grandfathering process, and based on the order in which they register for remaining open seats.

All Program Registration Requirements:

Completion (or enrollment at BTC) of the following courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 (C) or better

  • English Composition 1 (ENGL& 101)
  • Math in Society (MATH& 107) or any MATH course from the AAS-T alternative course list will be accepted.
  • Interpersonal Communications (CMST& 210) or General Psychology (PSYC& 100)
  • General Biology with Lab (BIOL& 160)
  • Introduction to Chemistry (CHEM& 121) preferred, will accept other courses in the following fields: BIOL, CHEM, OCEA, ZOOL
  • Intro to Veterinary Technology (VETT 100)
  • Evidence of High School graduation or equivalent submitted to BTC Admissions Department

ONLY for students who are transferring prior credits to BTC: Official transcripts documenting prerequisite course completion must be submitted and evaluated before registration.


Pre-Program Course Requirements


Make sure you are ready to register by reviewing the Program Checklist. There is NO application required for this program.

Only students who successfully register for open first quarter program seats will be responsible for providing the evidence of the following before starting classes:

  • NOTE: Students will be charged a fee of approximately $119 for the background check, drug screen, and tracking of required health documents. Health documents will need to be complete and submit to the department. You will be notified with instructions/information regarding these requirements by the department after registration.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Care for animals in a manner that is safe for both animals and humans;
  • Promote public health;
  • Accept the responsibilities of his/her profession, to provide compassionate, competent, ethical care in a professional, conscientious manner;
  • Pursue lifelong learning to advance his/her knowledge of veterinary care;
  • Understand normal anatomy, physiology and behavior of health for the species studied;
  • Understand and participate in the process of diagnosis, therapy and prevention of animal disease;
  • Understand the profession of veterinary technician including: occupational safety, public health, client and colleague communication, ethics of animal welfare, and the human-animal bond;
  • Provide critical thinking skills to reason through clinical situations and take appropriate action;
  • Provide social interactive skills to facilitate excellent communication with clients and colleagues;
  • Provide psychomotor skills to facilitate quality, efficient diagnostic and therapeutic interventions;
  • Provide learning skills and tools to promote learning throughout career and lifetime.

Mark O

Mark O'Connor

Area of Instruction


Entry & Advising

Contact Info


360 752-8459
moconnor@btc.edu
College Services (CS) - Room 135


Lisa Dzyban - Instructor image

Lisa Dzyban

Area of Instruction


Veterinary Technician

Degrees and Certifications


Diploma, Small Animal Internal Medicine, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

DVM, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul

BS, Veterinary Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


360 752-8577
ldzyban@btc.edu
G Building (G) - Room G109B

 

Background


Profile
Dr. Dzyban is a veterinarian that is board certified in small animal internal medicine. She has fifteen years clinical experience in general and speci...

    • Dr. Dzyban is a veterinarian that is board certified in small animal internal medicine. She has fifteen years clinical experience in general and specialty small animal practice and four years experience as an instructor and specialist consultant. As a veterinary internist, she is adept in ultrasound, endoscopy, parenteral nutrition and chemotherapy techniques. Publications include "Peritoneal Dialysis" in Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy, "Peritoneal Dialysis" in the Journal of Emergency & Critical Care, "Cardiac Tamponade in Cavia Porcellus" in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, and "Granulomatous Meningoencephalitis" in the Journal of Veterinary Radiologists. She is a recipient of the Sue Tidball Award for Creative Humanity and an instructor for the American Red Cross. One of her life goals is to inspire excellence in animal care in veterinarians, veterinary technicians and animal owners.


Madison Castrejon - Instructor image

Madison Castrejon

Area of Instruction


Veterinary Technician

Degrees and Certifications


AAST, Veterinary Technician, Bellingham Technical College

Contact Info


360-752-8445
mcastrejon@btc.edu
R Building (R) - Room R2

 

Background


Profile
Madison Castrejon started as Laboratory Technician for Bellingham Technical College’s Veterinary Technician Program in 2017. She had 5 years of experi...

    • Madison Castrejon started as Laboratory Technician for Bellingham Technical College’s Veterinary Technician Program in 2017. She had 5 years of experience in the veterinary industry as an LVT prior to becoming employed at BTC. Madison received her veterinary technician training at Bellingham Technical College, and became a licensed LVT in 2012. She worked for small animal practices in Whatcom County upon graduation. Madison served as a head tech of a local practice for the 4 years preceding her employment at BTC. Outside of work, Madison enjoys spending time outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, cooking, gardening, taking camping trips with her husband, and serving as “staff” to her multiple pets who run the household.


Jennifer Trout - Instructor image

Jennifer Trout

Area of Instruction


Veterinary Technician

Degrees and Certifications


DVM, Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida

Contact Info


jtrout@btc.edu
R Building (R) - Room

 

Background


Profile
Jennifer Trout has been an adjunct instructor for the Veterinary Technician program at Bellingham Technical College since January 2018. She has been a...

    • Jennifer Trout has been an adjunct instructor for the Veterinary Technician program at Bellingham Technical College since January 2018. She has been a veterinarian for 17 years, receiving her degree from the University of Florida in 2001. Dr. Trout is a solo, large animal veterinarian, her main focus is with dairy cattle. She has also worked as a technical services veterinarian in the animal health industry. She grew up on a registered Holstein dairy in Maryland, where she was actively involved in 4-H and FFA. Dr. Trout attended Penn State for her undergraduate degree in dairy and animal science. She resides with her family in Lynden, where she enjoys gardening and working with their horses, Corgis and chickens.