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Veterinary Nursing Preference

A student working on a veterinary degree wears a mask, cap and surgical gown next to an operating room.

Veterinary nursing preference (formerly veterinary technology) prepares students to become licensed veterinary technicians, or veterinary nurses, who are integral members of veterinary health care teams. Students learn care and handling of animals, basic principles of normal and abnormal life processes, and routine laboratory and clinical procedures. Key components of the program include courses on anatomy, physiology, nutrition, animal diseases, veterinary nursing and laboratory procedures.


Graduates in veterinary nursing pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of animal biology, medicine and research.

Alumni work at: 

  • Private veterinary hospitals
  • Shelters
  • Government agencies
  • Universities

Alumni work as: 

  • Veterinary technicians
  • Biomedical research assistants
  • Practice managers
  • Educators

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