Students who attend schools to become a veterinary technician learn subjects such as animal diseases, animal pharmacology, clinical practices, veterinary hospital management and animal behavior, states Study.com. They will also learn practical training, communication skills and clinical skills necessary to obtain jobs as a veterinary technologist. Some schools may also require their veterinary technician students to fulfill general education requirements, such as humanities.
A veterinary technician is someone who has graduated with an associate degree from an program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, or AVMA. Examples of accredited schools include Faulkner State Community College, Jefferson State Community College, San Joaquin Valley College, Community College of Denver and Front Range Community College, according to the AVMA. While requirements vary by state, most require veterinary technicians to pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination. Part of the curriculum at a veterinary technician school will prepare students to take this exam.
In addition to coursework and exam preparation, veterinary technician programs will teach students practical experience through externships with a local veterinary hospital. The externship is typically completed during the last semester of the associate degree program. During this time, students learn how to assist veterinarians with animal care. Skills learned include sterilizing instruments, weighing animals, taking blood samples, working with difficult animals and handling stressful situations in a professional manner.