Vet and technician in an exam with a large dog, looking into animal's mouth and cleaning with a swab

Veterinary Technician

Associate Degree Program - 65 Credits

Working under the supervision of licensed veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians perform tests and assist in diagnosing animal injuries and illnesses.Do you love caring for animals? Launch your career in just two years at STC. You could work in a private clinic doing diagnostic tests and talking with animal owners.

Your other duties might include: 

  • Giving medications, vaccines and treatments prescribed by a vet 
  • Taking X-rays and performing lab tests 
  • Restraining animals during exams 
  • Observing animal behavior 
  • Giving nursing care or first aid to animals

The career outlook in your field is strong. Employment of Vet Technicians is expected to grow 20% through 2026, which is much faster than average for all occupations. This program starts in fall 2020 (August). But get started early, you may be able to take General Education courses before your program start.

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Compare: Vet Tech vs. Vet Assistant 

As a Veterinary Technician, you have the educational background to assist in surgery, take X-rays, and process tissue samples. A Veterinary Assistant is tasked with clerical and clinical duties, including scheduling appointments, billing customers, maintaining health records, sanitizing exam rooms and feeding animals. 

Why Study to be a Vet Technician at Southeast Tech? 

During your Veterinary Tech degree training in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, you will learn how to aid veterinarians in the evaluation and treatment of large and small animals in the Ed Wood Trade and Industry Center, which was recently renovated. Your coursework also helps you: 

Chart a different path: You could use your STC training to assist biomedical researchers or other scientists. 

Strengthen your best qualities: As a top Veterinary Technician from Southeast Tech, you will be detail-oriented, compassionate and an excellent communicator.

Where Will You Work as a Veterinary Technician?

Veterinary Technicians find careers in a range of settings, including research facilities, labs, ag production facilities, animal hospitals and clinics.

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Southeast Tech’s curriculum for a Veterinary Technician includes classes in diagnostic imaging, animal husbandry, anatomy, anesthesiology, lab techniques, pharmacology and surgical support.

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Costs are calculated based on a charge of $255 per credit hour, plus applicable fees.

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Audree Cermak

Veterinary Technician
Wood Center

Emily Stahl

Veterinary Technician
Wood Center 104C

Other Programs Related to Veterinary Technicians  

If you’re interested in becoming a Veterinary Technician career, you might also be interested in these other programs at Southeast Tech:

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Animal Care

The Veterinary Technician Program at Southeast Technical College takes care of animals used for teaching purposes with the utmost respect and under the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (IACUC) guidelines. If you have any concerns please complete the following form. 

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