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Generally speaking, veterinary technicians assist veterinarians in animal care facilities, and are trained in all aspects of animal care and handling. Their job responsibilities typically include assisting with examinations, medical procedures, surgeries, and anesthesia. Vet techs often interact with pet owners, and may sometimes perform laboratory or administrative tasks.

Colorado Veterinary Technician Schools

Several schools in Colorado offer veterinary technician programs for students who want to pursue a formal education in the field. Here are four Colorado schools with vet tech programs:

  • Front Range Community College: The veterinary technology program at Front Range Community College offers a two-year Associate in Science (AS) degree, and prepares students to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam. The program includes a third-semester internship at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

  • Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology: Located in Colorado Springs, CAVT offers an eight-quarter vet tech program that prepares student to sit for the VTNE and pursue certification in the state of Colorado. The final quarter of the program consists of a field internship.

  • Community College of Denver: The vet tech program at CCD is accredited by AVMA, and its two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree track prepares students to sit for the VTNE. The program includes three semesters of internship experience.

  • Colorado Mountain College: The AVMA-accredited program at CMC helps prepare students for the VTNE. The school's facilities include an equine teaching barn, dental and x-ray facilities, and a 2,600-square-foot hospital designed to recreate the environment of a working veterinary clinic.

What to Expect from Colorado Veterinary Technician Programs

For the most part, veterinary technician programs aim to prepare students to work in veterinary practices, hospitals, clinics, zoos, farms, biomedical research facilities, or university laboratories. They typically provide students with training in laboratory techniques, surgical procedures, and general animal care. Many schools also offer opportunities for hands-on field experience through externships or clinical work in veterinary clinics or hospitals.

While enrolled in a vet tech program, students can expect to study the following topics:

  • Animal anatomy and physiology
  • Surgical and medical procedures
  • Examination and laboratory procedures
  • Medication dispensing
  • Client service
  • Administrative systems

Veterinary technician programs usually require two years of class work and field experience. Most are designed to help prepare students for national and state certification exams, and upon graduation from an accredited program, students are eligible to sit for those exams.

Colorado Veterinary Technician Licensing and Certification

Veterinary technicians must be certified to work in the state of Colorado. To obtain state certification, techs must first complete an accredited veterinary technician program and pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination. Upon successful completion of the VTNE, techs can then apply for state certification. Techs who are certified in another state, or who have recently passed the VTNE in another state, may apply for transfer certification in Colorado.

Resources for Veterinary Technicians in Colorado

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More Colorado Veterinary Technician Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Denver
Associate
644
Glenwood Springs
Associate
5,206
Denver
Associate
8,359
Westminster
Associate
15,270
Denver
Associate
922

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Vet Techs

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Colorado. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Vet Techs

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Vet Techs relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Boulder N/A $27,790
Colorado Springs 460 $34,590
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 1830 $33,560
Fort Collins 420 $33,510
Grand Junction 90 $32,560
Greeley 110 $28,320

Sources:

  1. Veterinary Technician Degree, Front Range Community College, https://www.frontrange.edu/programs-and-courses/academic-programs/veterinary-technology
  2. Veterinary Technology, Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology, http://www.cavt.edu/curriculum/
  3. Veterinary Technology, Community College of Denver, https://www.ccd.edu/academics/academic-centers/health-sciences-lowry/programs-study/veterinary-technology/certificates-degrees
  4. Veterinary Technology, Colorado Mountain College, http://coloradomtn.edu/programs/veterinary_technology/

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