Veterinary Technician

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree


Turn your love for animals into a great career. At EICC, learn how to support all aspects of animal care from expert instructors in state-of-the-art veterinary facilities. Be skilled and ready to enter the job market in as little as two years. Iowa's Last-Dollar Scholarship may even cover your tuition. 

What You Learn in the Veterinary Technician Program

In our classrooms and labs, learn the latest technologies in anesthesia, lab equipment, diagnostic testing, and medical treatment. Complete this program and you are eligible to sit for State Boards and the National Veterinary Technician exams.

What Can I do With a Veterinary Technician Degree? 

Join the care team at a private or specialty practice. Work at a zoo or wildlife facility. Launch a career at a biomedical facility or in veterinary supply sales. Your skills are also valuable to feed manufacturing facilities, in food safety and inspection, and diagnostic labs. 

A Solid Foundation

Canine & Feline Behavior

Retain control

Canine & Feline Behavior

Typical dog and cat behavior. Techniques to prevent and resolve problems.

Large Animal Care

This is big

Large Animal Care

Study diseases and common clinical procedures including restraint, testing, bandaging, and surgery.

Diagnostic Imaging

Bring it to light

Diagnostic Imaging

Learn techniques, positioning, standard procedures, and radiation safety.

Surgical Nursing

Your role

Surgical Nursing

Methods and mechanics of sterilization. Patient prep and care. ID instruments used.

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“EICC has an amazing veterinary technician program. It's very comprehensive in terms of what you learn. And with all the hands-on experience you get, I feel very prepared.”
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Ready to go?

Before applying for the program, take and pass General Biology and Intro to Chemistry with at least a C.

See the job up close. We need you to complete a short job shadow at a local clinic before you are accepted into the program. 

There's a few extra supplies you will need:

  • Scrub jacket or lab coat
  • Scrub top
  • Starter stethoscope

Complete the two-shot rabies vaccination. Make an appointment with a medical provider to get the required vaccination and explore insurance options to cover the cost. 

Complete the EICC Online Application and download and complete the Veterinary Technician application packet, then meet with our program Veterinarian Dr. Dan.

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Iowa's Last-Dollar Scholarship

You may be eligible to earn a degree in this high-demand field for zero tuition costs! You file for financial aid, and if your Expected Family Contribution is at or below $20,000, the state covers the remaining balance beyond the aid for which you are eligible. More than two dozen career programs qualify, including this one. File your FAFSA by July 15.

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Dr. Dan Drahos

Teach and do

At EICC, our instructors teach from real experience. That’s why our Vet Tech students love Dr. Dan, i.e., Dr. Dan Drahos, DMV. He’s directed the program since 2010, while at the same time, operated his own practice, Riverside Animal Hospital, in Muscatine, Iowa. He also serves as president and executive director of the Animal Emergency Center of the Quad Cities – which he helped establish in 1999.

Students working with horses at a stable


Join the Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA). Enjoy professional resources, networking, educational materials, and participate in some community activities, too. Leadership and teamwork are integral to your future career. Hone each of those skills through SCNAVTA.

Vet tech student sitting with a dog who just came out of surgery

Hands on with Dogs and Cats

We work closely with the Muscatine Humane Society and other local organizations so you can be hands-on, working and honing your skills on live animals.


Your Degree = Success

Complete your education in two years. Qualify for better jobs. Earn a higher salary. Enjoy a better quality of life. The benefits of an associate's degree are impressive and wide-ranging.

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Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Veterinary Technician: Locations

Ag Learning Center building and outdoor signage

Ag Learning Center

3200 Lucas Street
Muscatine, IA 52761
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The Veterinary Technician Oath

I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and services for animals, by alleviating animal suffering, and by promoting public health.

I accept my obligations to practice my profession conscientiously and with sensitivity, adhering to the profession’s Code of Ethics, and furthering my knowledge and competence through a commitment to lifelong learning.

Mission Statement

To provide education, training, and learning opportunities from a dedicated and professional faculty team so that students may gain the knowledge and skills to become certified veterinary technicians and become valuable members of the veterinary profession. 

Three-Year Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) Pass Rate: 
2020 - 2023 Pass Rate is 60%

July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023

  • Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE: 35
  • Three-year VTNE pass percentage: 60%