Become a Veterinary Technician.

Veterinary Technology (AAS)

Program Description

The Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology prepares students to perform veterinary procedures under the supervision of a veterinarian. Veterinary technicians are primarily employed in veterinary clinics and hospitals.

 New students applying to Black Hawk College should select the AAS/General Occupational and Technical Studies (GOTS) until such time as they have been officially accepted by the department into this program.


Admission Requirements:

  1. High school graduation or equivalent.
  2. A physical examination prior to any clinical coursework.
  3. The applicant will shadow a licensed veterinarian for a minimum of 60 hours in an animal care facility. A completion form must be signed by a CVT or veterinarian prior to application.
  4. VT Application Process:  students are strongly encouraged to get their application in early, as this selection process begins in March and is very competitive.  Applications will be accepted starting October 15. Applicants are interviewed and reviewed for selection in the order in which the program received their application.  The program admits up to 32 student each fall.  Applications are available online at the department page or you may request to have one mailed to you through New Student Services.
  5. Please note: Applications will be accepted until March 1 for the Fall 2019 start.
    Veterinary Technology Program Application
  6. Students wishing to apply after March 1 should contact the Program Director to see if late applications will be accepted.
  7. Interview with VT selection committee: the interview is part of a written and oral selection process.
  8. A rabies vaccination is required prior to admission and required by many clinical sites.
  9. Minimum of “C” average in courses previously completed at Black Hawk College and any courses transferred from other colleges is required.
  10. Students must achieve a grade of “C” or above in all VT courses to continue in the program. Final grades below a “C” will result in dismissal from the program.

Readmission is at the discretion of the program director and as space permits.

Students must also successfully document all job shadowing, health and background checks required by academic departments and/or clinical sites prior to admission to program and/or courses.

Suggested Courses

Recommended Courses Prior to Application

Program Prerequisites

First Semester

Second Semester

Summer Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

Minimum total hours required for degree: 80