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Veterinary Medicine

Associate of Arts (AA) Emphasis

Veterinary instructor with ECC student looking at xray

The care and practice that goes into helping animals maintain good health calls for dedicated students who are eager to learn. Take your love for animals to the next level by earning your two-year Associate of Arts (AA) degree with an emphasis in Veterinary Medicine. The road to becoming a veterinarian starts here, where you’ll appreciate smaller classes and valuable hands-on learning, including incredible on-the-job training opportunities.

Admission to a veterinary school is competitive; some of our past ECC graduates have been accepted directly in the Veterinary Medicine program at Iowa State University. Other students transfer into ISU’s baccalaureate program in preparation/qualification for applying for admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine.


Veterinarians, veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants usually work in animal clinics and hospitals, although some travel to farms, work outdoors or work in laboratories or zoos. They may also be employed as U.S. government meat and poultry inspectors, disease-control workers, epidemiologists, or research assistants for animal food companies.

Employment of veterinarians is expected to grow 12% (as fast as average for all occupations) through 2022, mainly due to retirements and individuals leaving the labor force. Jobs as veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants are also expected to increase. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2012 median pay for Veterinarians with a doctoral/professional degree was $84,460 per year.


ECC’s two-year Associate of Arts (AA) transfer degree is designed to meet the requirements of colleges and universities to which students may wish to transfer for completion of baccalaureate (BA or BS) degrees. In many instances, transfer colleges accept this degree as equivalent to their own general education requirements.

Because the requirements for an AA degree change periodically, students should check with their academic advisor or the ECC Admissions Office to confirm that they have the most current information. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for the degree they hope to obtain and for planning their schedule accordingly.

Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa

ECC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable ECC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at ECC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the ECC Admissions Office for more information!


  • ECC currently has the 17th highest student success rate (graduation rate + transfer rate) of any community college in the nation.
  • The College offers generous scholarships and financial aid packages, which is why our graduates have one of the lowest average student debt loads of any college in Iowa, public or private, two-year or four year!
  • What students appreciate about ECC is our smaller class sizes, which results in more one-on-one attention from the instructor and greater classroom success.

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