Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Technology

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The veterinary technology program is designed for students who already have a Veterinary Technician Associates of Applied Science (AAS) degree from an AVMA-accredited program, have a license or are license-eligible as a veterinary technician and want to broaden their education and career options by completing a bachelor's degree.

The Nebraska Difference


Learn About Animal Health and Diseases


Gain Research Experience


Build Connections With and Learn From Your Peers


Explore Animal Health and Production

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Program Features

Educational Opportunities for Nebraskans

Nebraskan students wishing to become veterinarians may apply to the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine, a program offered jointly between Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. 

1-to-1 Advising

You will be assigned a faculty member who can help you examine your interests and abilities, define your career goals and plan your academic career. 

Create Your Future

Take courses unavailable at any other college or university in Nebraska. Learn about animal health and diseases from scientists and veterinarians studying and diagnosing animal diseases. 

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Notable Courses

Breeds, Signalment, and Vitals of Domestic Animals (VBMS 250)

Fundamentals of signalment assessment, including identification of domestic animal breeds, description of coat, terms used when describing species and introduction to life history and vitals.

Principles and Prevention of Livestock Diseases (VBMS 303)

Management techniques in control of metabolic, infectious and parasitic diseases of domestic animals and understanding of basic concepts of important livestock diseases.

Functional Histology (VBMS 408)

Microscopic anatomy of the tissues and organs of major vertebrate species, including humans. General introduction to pathological processes and principles underlying some diseases.

General Pharmacology and Toxicology (VBMS 410)

Principles and sciences of drug action and adverse effects of harmful chemical substances. Examine how these relate to animal production and care.

Wildlife Health (VBMS 425)

Introduction to ecological, social and institutional issues. Engage in discussions of important zoonotic diseases and strategies for assessing and managing wildlife health.

Immunology (VBMS 443)

Fundamental consideration of cellular and humoral mechanisms of immunity, the structure and function of immunoglobins, antigen-antibody interactions, hypersensitivity, immune and autoimmune disorders.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Wachal Pet Health Center, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Capital Humane Society, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Kansas City Zoo, Kansas City, Missouri ]
  • Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center, Lincoln, Nebraska


  • Veterinary technician, The Animal Clinic, Hastings, Nebraska
  • Lab technician, Zoetis, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Specialist, Berringer Ingelheim Zetmetica, St. Joseph, Missouri
  • Lab technician, Neogen, Lincoln, Nebraska

Graduate Schools

  • DVM Program, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Iowa State
  • Ph.D., South Dakota State University
  • DVM Program, Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ph.D., Reproductive Physiology, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Academics & Experiential Learning

  • Learn the inner workings of how a vet clinic runs by taking a course that will help you run your own veterinary clinic someday.
  • Working in a veterinary clinic helps provide you with the knowledge and skills to become a competitive applicant.

Career Preparedness

  • Work with faculty who are eager to assist you in research, internships, mentorship and networking.
  • Begin preparations for vet school and your career on your first day of classes. By working with animals, engaging in the curriculum and your peers, you will have the resources to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.


  • Many students partake in internships and have jobs in veterinary clinics around the community.
  • There are many clubs and organizations, such as Pre-Vet Club, that host a community dog washing clinic.

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Veterinary Technology major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Contact Name
Taylor Nielsen
Contact Title
Pre-Vet Recruitment and Retention Coordinator