Veterinarian and student examine small dog in the vet tech exam room.

Veterinary Technology

ASU-Beebe Veterinary Technology Program is dedicated to supporting the growth of certified veterinary technicians by providing a solid education that has its basis founded in knowledge, skills, professionalism and ethics.


The Veterinary Technology Program conducted by ASU-Beebe is granted Full Accreditation effective March 14, 2014, by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Committee of Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). This program provides hands-on education in veterinary technology operations. Students will develop entry level competencies necessary to obtain employment in veterinary hospitals and industry. Students are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) after graduation from the program. Successfully completing the degree and passing the VTNE, students can then be certified in the State of Arkansas. ASU-Beebe offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology.

Students will be assigned kennel duties and be responsible for the care and welfare of live animals.

All General Education Core and Veterinary Technology courses must be passed with a “C” or better to remain in the Veterinary Technology program. Students who do not pass any course with a “C” or better will not be allowed to continue the program. Students will be dropped from the program. Second year students will take a “mock boards exam” in a specified class each semester after the first to test comprehensive accumulated knowledge. This will be termed a “Synthesis Exam” or “Readiness Exam.” The Readiness Exam in Capstone will determine if the student will complete the program and move forward to the Preceptorship. If a student does not successfully pass the exam, he or she will need to go through the readmission process. Readmission to the program will be considered if space is available.  For readmission to the Veterinary Technology Program, students will resubmit an application and complete the application process.  Students must complete this program within 3 years from the date they first received provisional admission to the Veterinary Technology Program.  Students who cannot complete the program within 3 years will not be readmitted.


Application Process

Interested applicants will submit an application for admission to the Veterinary Technology program by March 31 each year. 40 new applicants will receive provisional admission each year. First year students will start in the fall of each academic year. Applicants must have met admission requirements for the University.  Based upon placement scores, new applicants must be eligible for ENG 1003, Freshman English I and MATH 1013, Technical Mathematics V to be considered for provisional admission in the fall semester. Students will be required to complete CHEM 1003, Introduction to Chemistry. Chemistry in high school does not satisfy this requirement. 


Second Year Students

Twenty students will be accepted into the second year of the Veterinary Technology program. Up to 24 students may be admitted under special circumstances and considered on a case-by-case basis. Acceptance into the second year of the program is limited to those students who have met the selection criteria. Students are given the selection criteria sheet at the beginning of their first year.


Career Opportunities

A veterinary technician graduate will have entry level skills to assist licensed veterinarians in providing any healthcare to patients with the exception of diagnosing, prescribing drugs or performing surgery. Technicians generally perform routine tasks such as blood collection, CBCs, differentials, serology, clinical chemistries, urinalysis, radiograph exposure and development, dental prophylaxis, treatments as prescribed, client education, anesthetic induction and monitoring during surgery and many other tasks.

Veterinary Technology careers include:

  • Small animal practice
  • Large animal practice
  • Emergency and Specialty practice
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Military
  • Humane societies/shelters
  • Veterinary supply sales
  • Public health organizations
  • Pet Food Industry

For more information on careers please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.



Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology

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ENG 1003 Freshman English I



Technical Math V



Principle of Biology

VET 1103 Veterinary Medical Terminology
VET 1113 Breeds, Restraints, and First Aid
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CIS 1503  Microcomputer Applications I



Introduction to Psychology OR Principles of Sociology

VET 1023 Laboratory Techniques I
VET 1044 Veterinary Technology Anatomy and Physiology I
VET 2403 Clinic Management
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*CHEM 1003 Introduction to Chemistry
VET 1144 Veterinary Technology Anatomy and Physiology II
VET 2103 Animal Reproduction, Nutrition and Production
VET 2114 Clinics and Nursing
VET 2123 Laboratory Techniques II
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VET 2213 Wild, Zoo, and Lab Animal Care
VET 2223 Veterinary Technology Radiology
VET  2233 Veterinary Technology Pharmacology
VET 2414 Animal Pathology
VET 2443 Capstone
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VET   2316  Preceptorship
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Costs and Other Program Information

For general college expenses, students can view ASU-Beebe's tuition and fees.


Pass Rates for VTNE

Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE


3-Year Pass Rate Percentage on Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE)

*reported from July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022


Get In Touch

Kristie Coley

Kristie A. Coley, DVM

Megan Cain

Megan J. Cain, CVT

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