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Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology

Your New Career Starts Today!

If you love working with animals, begin your career at Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in beautiful Denver, Colorado. You can complete your Veterinary Technology degree in as little as 24 months. Our accredited program includes everything you’ll need to prepare for a new career, all at a pace that’s right for you. We’ll help you succeed with expert instruction from dedicated instructors who will train you with the skills necessary to work side-by-side with professional veterinary team members.

The demand for veterinary technicians is expected to increase 20% in the next few years, “Much faster than average” (U.S. Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics). According to our graduates, the decision to attend Bel-Rea was one of the best decisions they’ve made in life!

Why Wait?

Get a dream career in as little as 24 months! Register now for our next quarterly start date: Jan 8, 2024

Why Bel-Rea?

  • Our curriculum and qualified instructors provide you with the strong foundation and knowledge you need to realize your dream of becoming a veterinary technician.
  • Hands-on training and experience gained in small, large, and exotic animal labs, spay/neuter surgical rotations, dental rotations, and vaccine/microchip clinics.
  • Well-equipped training facilities including on-site surgery, dental, and radiology suites; ultrasound imaging and digital radiography; microscope labs; kennel areas; and a large animal teaching barn.
  • Career connection opportunities through our extensive job placement assistance program.
  • 200+ Veterinary Technician internship sites – gain experience in surgery, radiology, treatment, laboratory, intensive care, emergency, and more.
  • Financial Aid and Veteran’s Benefits, for those who qualify.
  • Four program entrance times per year.
  • Every class is offered each quarter and your tuition will not change throughout your education (with continual enrollment).
  • Out-of-state students qualify for the same tuition rate as in-state students – around 40% of our students come from out of state to attend Bel-Rea.
  • Bel-Rea is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), which qualifies graduates to apply for any Veterinary Technician credentialing exams in the United States, Canada, and the UK.

Graduate Testimonials

“Bel-Rea was not the first choice for me. I had plans to become a lawyer or start my career off in law enforcement. Hunting for colleges and putting in applications was stressful and not how anyone wants to spend their days after high school. I came across a Bel-Rea ad via Instagram of all places, but the beautiful pictures of campus and animals caught my eye. The application process was easier than I would have thought with an admissions counselor always by your side and just a phone call away. After touring the campus and meeting some of the staff I realized this could be an amazing opportunity and it was.

Starting Bel-Rea was intimidating at first but something someone with a good heart and strong commitment could easily handle. The classes prepare you for the field. There are multiple hands-on opportunities most places do not offer from mice all the way to horses, scrubbing in for spays, neuters and more. The program made training to become a tech in a clinical setting easier as you can compare what you see at work to school and vice versa.

The student affairs team including Jenn, Corey and many more was what made the program truly worth all the hard work you put in. They were always there to support you and give advice, even if it was just to flip through flashcards. Without a doubt I will miss them dearly and cannot thank them enough for helping me become the tech I am today.”

Grace L.

Grace L.

“I have seen and learned so much working in the field of veterinary medicine. It is not only patients that I grow attached to, many of the pet owners have touched my heart as clients and the relationships I have developed caring for their pets has added much joy to my life.”

Mira M.

Mira M.

Bel-Rea Graduate

“During my first quarter, not only did I separate from my now ex-husband, but my best friend passed away. I had A’s in all of my classes, but started failing my exams and not doing my homework. I didn’t think I would make it through, but because of how small the classes are, I made many friends that helped me through that difficult time and I passed my first quarter with two A’s and a B. After that, I realized how strong I really was.”

Rela T.

Rela T.

Bel-Rea Graduate

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