Veterinary Technology Associate's Degree

Earn your Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology Online in as little as 18-months!

Platt College Distance Education offers an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology that is designed to provide in-depth study and training necessary to gain entry-level employment in animal health care.

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Program Details
Veterinary Technicians perform many of the same tasks for veterinarians that nurses and other professionals perform for physicians.

Veterinary Technicians assist Veterinarians in providing medical care to animals.  The Veterinary Technician is a vital part of the animal-care team, performing critical tasks that assist in diagnosis and treatment.  Samples duties include:

  • Recording patient histories
  • Preparing the patient for examination or surgery
  • Providing vaccinations
  • Administering medications
  • Taking vital signs and blood samples
  • Preparing tissue samples
  • Expose and develop radiographs and assist with ultrasounds
  • Performing laboratory procedures such as urinalysis and blood counts and taking blood samples
  • Assisting in surgery
  • Providing and assisting with anesthesia
  • Providing post-operative care and nursing care to sick and injured animals

As Vet Techs advance in their careers, many move to management and supervisory positions in animal health-care facilities and service companies.

Veterinary technologists and technicians assisting small-animal practitioners usually care for small pets, such as cats and dogs, but can perform a variety of duties with mice, rats, sheep, pigs, cattle, monkeys, birds, fish, and frogs.

Besides working in private clinics and animal hospitals, some veterinary technicians work in research facilities under the guidance of veterinarians or physicians. In this role, they may administer medications; prepare samples for laboratory examinations, or record information on an animal’s genealogy, diet, weight, medications, food intake, and clinical signs of pain and distress. Some may sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment and provide routine postoperative care.

Platt College’s Veterinary Technology Associate Degree Distance Education program is currently considered an extension of our on-campus program which has AVMA accreditation. With AVMA accreditation graduates will be eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technology National Examination (VTNE).

Veterinary Technology Passage Rates Statement

Platt College’s Veterinary Technology program is currently AVMA accredited which includes the Distance Education option for this program. With AVMA accreditation, graduates will be eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technology National Examination (VTNE) to become Registered Veterinary Technicians

VTNE Passage Rates

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Overview & Accreditation

Platt College Los Angeles is accredited by Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit institutions of higher education across the United States. The primary purpose of ACCSC and other accrediting agencies is to establish and maintain high educational standards and ethical business practices among its accredited institutions.

For more than 40 years, ACCSC has been at the forefront of establishing and advancing quality education at private, postsecondary career schools and colleges. ACCSC, recognized by the United States Department of Education as a private, non-profit, independent accrediting agency, is dedicated to ensuring a quality education for more than 250,000 students who annually pursue career education at 800 accredited institutions. ACCSC’s mission is to serve as a reliable authority on educational quality and to promote enhanced opportunities for students by establishing, sustaining, and enforcing valid standards and practices which contribute to the development of a highly trained and competitive workforce through quality career oriented education.

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