Veterinary Technology Program - Application Checklist

Students interested in pursuing admission into the Veterinary Technology program at Iowa Western Community college must complete all admission requirements listed below in sections 1 and 2. Admission priority will be given to students who complete the requirements by the priority deadline; however, if space allows, students will be accepted after the priority deadline until the program is full.

The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The American Veterinary Medical Association can be contacted at 1931 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173; 1-800-248-2862;

Equal Educational Opportunity and Non-discrimination

It is the policy of Iowa Western Community College to provide equal educational opportunities and not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, genetic information, physical or mental disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, AIDS/HIV status, citizenship, or medical condition, as those terms are defined under applicable laws, in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices.  Inquiries and complaints regarding equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies should be directed to the Equal Opportunity Coordinators, phone number 712-325-3200,; or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576.


Location Semester Program Begins Priority Deadline Program Capacity
Council Bluffs Fall Semester (August) January 31 32
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all admissions requirements are on file with the Office of Admissions and that his or her admissions application is correct, including intended start term, start year, and location.


Section 1: College Admission Requirements

Once you complete the application for admission, you will be accepted to Iowa Western as a Prep-Veterinary Technology student, and eligible to register for general education courses required for the Veterinary Technology Program. For more information on getting registered for general education courses, or for help with the admissions requirements, please contact us at or call 712.325.3277.


Section 2: Veterinary Technology Program Admission Requirements

Section 3: Acceptance Process for Veterinary Technology Program


Once you complete Section 1: College Admissions Requirements and Section 2: Veterinary Technology Admissions Requirements your application for the Veterinary Technology Program is complete. 

Once acceptance begins, students will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until the program is full. If there are more eligible students than space available, preference will be given to the students with the earliest admission file completion date.


Section 4: Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a separate application process to apply for the program?

No, Iowa Western does not have a separate application process. The Office of Admissions uses what is called your "Start Term" (example: fall 2019) for acceptance in our competitive programs. It is important that the start term on file correctly reflects the semester you anticipate to start the program. Students can request to have their start term updated by submitting the Update Start Term Form

If I do not complete the requirements for the program in time to be accepted, can I reapply?

Yes. To reapply, simply update your start term - click here. You may also visit the Office of Admissions, contact us at or 712.325.3277 and request to change your start term.

How will I know if I get accepted to the Veterinary Technology Program?

Approximately two weeks after acceptance begins, which is September 1st for the spring semester, you will receive an email from the Office of Admissions indicating your admissions status. If the program is not yet full at that time, we will continue accepting students who complete the requirements until the program fills.



Veterinary Technology Program - Observation Form for Prospective Students

To be completed by the student and signed by the participating Veterinarian or Veterinary Technician.

Student name (print or type): _________________________________________ Date of Birth: _________________________

The purpose of the observation is to expose applicants to a wide-variety of veterinary procedures performed on small and large animals by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), and/or Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT). Applicants are required to complete a minimum of 24 hours of observation in a small animal practice or large animal setting, or a combination of both. Although applicants are encouraged to observe a variety of procedures, they are required to observe eight specific procedures, which are detailed below.

In order to successfully complete this requirement for admission, applicants must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 24 hours of observation in a small animal practice or a large animal setting, or a combination of both.
  2. Complete the Required Procedures for Observation detailed below, and ensure that the supervising DVM, LVT, RVT, and/or CVT initials and dates each Required Procedure for Observation.
  3. Complete the Observation Log by documenting the times and dates for each observation.
  4. Complete the Observation Details by indicating which procedures they observed and in what setting they observed those procedures in by placing check marks in the appropriate boxes.
  5. Ensure that the supervising DVM, LVT, RVT, and/or CVT completes the DVM, LVT, RVT, and/or CVT Certification section .
  6. Sign and date the Applicant Certification section and submit it to the Office of Admissions.

Required Procedures for Observation

The following procedures are required for observation. Applicants may observe these specific procedures in a small animal practice or a large animal setting, or a combination of both. The supervising DVM, LVT, RVT, or CVT must initial and date next to each observed procedure. All "Procedure Required for Observation" must be completed in order to be considered for admission. If need, observation hours can be completed at multiple locations. A form is required for each office location.

Procedure Required for Observation Supervising DVM, LVT, RVT, or CVT Initials  Date of observation
Prepare fecal specimens/floats    
Restraint techniques    
Anesthesia machine operation    
Surgical Procedure    
Post-operative care    
Cleaning cages, equipment & clinic    

Observation Details

Applicants are required to document each procedure they observed by placing check marks next to each of the procedures they observed during their 24 hours of observation. It is not required to observe all of the items listed below, however, applicants are encouraged to observe a wide-variety of procedures.

Small Animal Procedures
Obtain patient history   Heartworm tests  
Check temperature/pulse/heart/lungs   Cystocentesis  
Communicate with client   Gram stain  
Collect/prepare fecal specimens/floats   Diff-quick stain  
Analyze fecal specimen for parasites   Taking radiographs  
Express anal glands   Developing radiographs  
IV catheter   Restraint techniques (feline/canine)  
Urinary catheter   Restraint techniques (other animal)  
IV or IM anesthetic   Administer pills  
Anesthesia machine operation   Force-feeding  
Mask animal for anesthetic   Administer subcutaneous fluids  
Intubation   Euthanasia  
Cephalic blood draw   Operate & maintain autoclave  
Jugular blood draw   Apply/remove bandages & splints  
Blood draw-inner/outer rear legs   Therapeutic bathing/basic grooming  
Lab analysis of blood - PCV/TP   Cleaning cages, equipment & clinic  
Blood chemistry machines   Use of clinic software (access records/set appointments)  
Blood smears   Access client/patient files  
Urinalysis   Misc. paper work, filing & records  
Surgical preparation   Trim nails  
Post-operative care   Spay/neuter  
Routine dental prophylaxis   De-claw  
Large Animal Procedures
Mobile ambulance inventory/cleanup   Collect/examine blood specimens  
Prepare squeeze chutes/head gates   Collect/examine urine specimens  
Restraint techniques   Collect/examine fecal specimens  
Tagging, tattooing, identification   Take/develop radiographs  
External parasite examination   Surgical preparation  
Use of balling gun   Anesthesia  
Gastric tubing   Embryo transplant  
Drenching   Cesarean section  
Dipping   Post-operative care  
Injections   Euthanasia  
Implanting   Necropsy  
Dehorning   Artificial insemination  
Castration   Pregnancy check  
Dock tails   Semen collection  
Trim hooves      

Observation Log

Applicants are required to document the times and dates of their observation hours using the log below.

Date Time In  Time Out Hours
    Total Observation Hours  

DVM, LVT, RVT and/or CVT Certification

This section must be completed by the supervising DVM, LVT, RVT, and/or CVT

By signing below, I hereby certify that the information provided on this form is true and accurate.

Signature(s) of DVM, LVT, RVT, and/or CVT: _______________________________________, __________________________________

Printed Name(s) of DVM, LVT, RVT, and/or CVT: ____________________________________, __________________________________

Name of Clinic or Facility:

Address of Clinic or Facility:

Phone Number of Clinic or Facility:

Applicant Certification

By signing below, I hereby certify that all information on this form is true and correct.

Signature of Student: ______________________________________ Date: ____________________