School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety
Program information is available from the Ask CNM Contact Center at (505) 224-3000 or go to cnm.edu.
Veterinary technology is a career in which skilled veterinary technicians participate in the exciting and challenging field of veterinary medicine working with animals and their owners under the supervision of veterinarians. The five-term Associate of Applied Science degree program provides didactic, lab and clinical experiences necessary for employment in the field of veterinary care and technology. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is ready to be an integral part of the veterinary health care team providing care and support to animals. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination and the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Practice Act Examination. Upon passing both examinations successfully, the applicant is eligible for licensure by the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine (NMBVM) as a Registered Veterinary Technician. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) nationally accredits the Program.
The Veterinary Technology program is designated as a Limited Entry Program at CNM. Students who wish to pursue Veterinary Technology will need to apply and be accepted before they can start the program. Please refer to the Office of Limited Entry Programs for information about 2012 application requirements, selection criteria, and deadlines, which will be different from those used in 2011.
Career and Educational Opportunities
Employment opportunities for Registered Veterinary Technicians in New Mexico are excellent. RVTs work in private clinical veterinary practices, animal control and animal humane centers, zoos and wildlife facilities, diagnostic laboratories, biomedical facilities, federal positions, and institutions of higher learning as well as in other areas involving animal care. In some jobs, the academic training allows for rapid advancement into management positions with commensurate higher pay.
Exit competencies (see Program Exit Competencies) for this program of study are available at cnm.edu/exitcomp.
For the graduation policy refer to the Moving On section, cnm.edu or the Students tab in my CNM.