Veterinary TechnologyCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

What you will learn

Two phases:

  • Veterinary technician and veterinary technology
  • Start the program in either phase

Veterinary technician phase:

Complete a veterinary technician Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program at an AVMA-accredited veterinary technician school. UNL does not have an AAS-degree granting program in veterinary technology on its Lincoln campus.

Pass the national veterinary technician certification examination.

Veterinary technology phase:

  • Enroll at UNL in one of three options
  • Transfer credits from the veterinary technician phase to UNL
  • Complete BS requirements at UNL
  • Earn a BS degree from UNL

Program options

  • Veterinary Science Option: for students interested in going to veterinary school. Qualify to apply to any veterinary school in North America (see Pre-veterinary Medicine for more information).
  • Science Option: for students interested in a career in veterinary science, but not as a veterinarian. Prepare for a career in veterinary science demanding more extensive knowledge than that obtained in the veterinary technician phase.
  • Business Option: for students interested in veterinary science and management. Prepare for a career in veterinary science demanding more extensive knowledge of business and management than that obtained in the veterinary technician phase.

Career Opportunities

Become a certified veterinary technician AND earn a BS degree from UNL

Continue your career in:

  • Biomedical or veterinary research
  • Veterinary pharmaceutics
  • Animal production
  • Animal protection and conservation
  • Regulatory or governmental affairs
  • Veterinary practice management
  • Position yourself to continue your education in graduate school as a masters or doctoral student

The NEBRASKA difference

A unique undergraduate program for students interested in animal health and a career in veterinary or biomedical science.

Take courses not available at any other college or university in Nebraska Learn about animal health and diseases from scientists and veterinarians studying and diagnosing animal diseases. Learn about animals from animal scientists studying animal production and animal products.

Gain experience in veterinary and animal production research, veterinary diagnostic services, and animal care as a student employee.

Socialize and learn from other students interested in veterinary or biomedical as a career.