School List – 10 Notable Large Animal Vet Tech Schools


Large animal veterinarians, also referred to as equine or farm animal veterinarians, can take care of and treat some of the most exotic animals known to man. All those large zoo animals that mesmerize audiences like tigers and bears, to farm animals like cows and pigs, are all options for those interested in becoming a large animal veterinarian expert.

By helping maintain food safety for these large animals and ensuring a healthy food supply for humans, there are several renowned large animal vet tech schools and farm animal programs that are available to those interested in pursuing this field as a professional career.

Read more to discover what the top 10 large animal vet tech schools in the nation have to offer.

Methodology: Top Large Animal Vet Tech Programs

The following criteria were used in compiling this list of 10 large animal vet tech schools. Be aware that the schools chosen were often regular vet tech programs that had particular provisions offered for large animal vet tech care and training.

  1. Specific coursework in large animal care: All of these schools offer at least one to two courses (or more) in large animal care. Often, these classes are very tightly focused, include some sort of hands-on experience, and/or may be related to instruction in the care of farm animals.

  2. Opportunities to gain hands-on experience: The large animal vet tech schools that made the list provide students with access to farms or ranches to gain hands-on experience. Others may offer students short farm experiences or even give them the opportunity to gain large animal vet tech experiences through field trips.

  3. Externships and preceptorships: These programs require students to gain hands-on experience working with a veterinarian or working in a vet tech clinical setting as part of a hands-on experience requirement for degree obtainment.

  4. Pre-vet club: Many of these schools host a pre-vet club, through which students could meet others interested in the field, study for courses, gain experience, or even prepare for application to veterinary school.

  5. Diverse clinical experiences at a site: These schools offer students the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences in various aspects of animal care. As such, the schools may provide X-ray rooms, clinical laboratories, or even surgical facilities.

Rachel Drummond, MEd (Writer)

Rachel is a freelance writer, educator, and yogini from Oregon. She’s taught English to international university students in the United States and Japan for more than a decade and has a master’s degree in education from the University of Oregon. A dedicated Ashtanga yoga practitioner, Rachel is interested in exploring the nuanced philosophical aspects of contemplative physical practices and how they apply in daily life. She writes about this topic among others on her blog (Instagram: @racheldrummondyoga).