Veterinary Technician


The Veterinary Technician program prepares you to work with animals and their owners. Earn an Associate of Applied Science or certificate and pursue work as a Veterinary Assistant, Receptionist, and more.

Degrees & Certificates

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Note: Some jobs require education or training beyond the CNM degree/certificate.

Degree and Certificate Information

Veterinary Technology, Associate of Applied Science

The Veterinary Technician program will train you in veterinary medicine, preparing you to work with animals and their owners under the supervision of a veterinarian.

The five-term Associate of Applied Science degree program provides didactic, lab, and clinical experiences necessary for employment in the field of veterinary care and technology.

After completing the program, you will be prepared to join a veterinary healthcare team providing care and support to animals.

Due to a requirement from our accrediting body, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the CNM VT program requires rabies vaccinations for all students before interacting with animals. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement may be granted, but unvaccinated students are limited in their ability to interact with animals. Rabies is a viral disease usually transmitted by bite wounds. It is fatal if not treated quickly.

Veterinary Receptionist, Certificate of Achievement

The Veterinary Receptionist certificate prepares you with entry-level, reception/front office-related skills to serve as a receptionist or in customer care for veterinary offices, pet stores, feed or agricultural stores, or at grooming or boarding facilities. You will explore the basics of a variety of animal health professions, acquire skills for reception/front office service, understand veterinary professionalism, and gain skills to excel in veterinary customer service. Veterinary medical terminology and vocabulary supporting animal care fields are included in the certificate courses.

Related Information

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

If you have a valid NM RVT license, you can receive credit for courses in the Veterinary Technician program by filling out the following form:

Examination Pass Rate

July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023

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