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Veterinary Technician
Program Number: 100911
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Science, Math and Natural Resources
Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
64 Credits | Finish in 2 years (full-time attendance)
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  • Program Overview

    ​​As a Veterinary Technician student, you will learn skills and procedures to improve the health and well-being of veterinary patients.  ​​

    Madison College offers two paths to becoming a Veterinary Technician.  Students working as veterinary assistants can learn remotely or semi-remotely as "Satellite" students.  Or, students can learn through on-campus weekly hands-on labs.  

    Satellite students are employed as veterinary assistants working an average of 20 hours per week in a veterinary clinic.  Skills can be completed during face to face labs or remotely.  For more details contact the Program Director or the School of Health Sciences.  

    Madison College's Veterinary Technician Program has been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) since 1974. 

    Click on the following link to learn what Essential skills students learn in the program. AVMA CVTEA Skills

    Common Duties Include:

    • Collect samples and perform diagnostic laboratory tests
    • Administer and monitor anesthesia
    • Apply and maintain bandages
    • Place intravenous catheters​
    • Client education and communication
    • Perform dental procedures and oral radiographs
    • Radiography, EKG and other diagnostic tests
    • Perform physical examinations, gather medical histories, draw blood and take vital signs
    • Provide emergency first aid
    • Prepare and assist with surgery 
    • Animal pharmaceutical training
    • Animal nursing care 

    After graduation, pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam to become a certified veterinary technician.

    Requirements:

    • You must demonstrate the ability to meet the essential functions of the Veterinary Technician program.

    Transfer Credit

    The Veterinary Technician program only accepts transfer credit for the 091 courses from other AVMA accredited programs/schools. Course syllabi and AVMA Essential Skills covered in those courses need to be provided to the Veterinary Technician Program Director for evaluation and consideration of transferability.

    Following successful completion of this associates degree, students may complete a Bachelors of Animal Science at either UW River Falls or UW Platteville in 2 additional years. 

    Program Details

    12 credits of core program courses available each semester. 

    Veterinary Technician classes are offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax

    Careers

    Earning your Associate Degree in Applied Science program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work in:  

    • Veterinary Technician
    • Laboratory Animal Technician

    Veterinary Technologists and Technicians are some of the fastest growing occupations, with a projected growth of 16% from 2019 to 2029. 

    Technicians are usually employed by:

    • Small/companion services
    • Large animal/equine facilities
    • Mixed animal or exotic animal practices
    • Humane societies
    • Research environments

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • Hospital Managers
    • Facility Managers
    • Pet Food Company Representative
    • Drug Company Representative 

    Learn about other veterinary technician opportunities.

    This program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities.   

    Resources

  • Curriculum and Experience

  • Admission

    To Apply

    Students need to complete the petition process to get into core-program classes for this program. Before submitting an application, it’s important to review the Petition Process webpage which also includes estimated wait times for each program.

      After Acceptance

      Once you have been accepted in a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Petition Requirements. See the Petition information in the next section.    

      Additional Notes

      Students will be required to meet the current admission and petition requirements. Requirements must be amended any time accreditation requirements are updated or changed. Requirements may also be amended based on Madison College programmatic assessment data.

      Questions?

      Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

    • Petition

      After Acceptance

      After you have been admitted into a pre-program status, complete all of the Petition Requirements for your program. Login to your student account and run a Degree Progress Report to review the Petition Requirements and see which requirements you have completed and which need to be satisfied.

      Requirements vary by program, and may include some or all of the following:

      • Prerequisites (examples: Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, Biology, English and Reading): This varies by program
      • Course Requirements (examples: Anatomy and Physiology, Intro to Psychology, etc.): This varies by program
      • Testing Requirement (examples: ACT, HESI, TEAS): This varies by program
      • Petition Workshop: This is done online and can be found in Blackboard after you have been admitted in a pre-program status

      You can view the Petition Requirements for this program using the links below.

      Fall 2021 and Spring 2022                 

      Fall 2022 and Spring 2023

      After completing the petition requirements, students are then selected for entry into core program courses through the Petition Process.

      Questions?

      Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

    • Transfer Opportunities

      Wisconsin Schools

      Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
      Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
      A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
      Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
      Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
      Any Madison College student who has successfully completed an associate degree in applied science after 2015, and meets admission requirements for the Rader School of Business (RSOB) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Technical Sales at MSOE by successfully completing the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Business Administration program. --- In particular, any Madison College student who successfully completes all technical courses and general education courses in their AAS program with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; successfully completes all other specified courses, as defined in this transfer agreement, with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; and meets the MSOE admission requirements for transfer students into the BBA Program at MSOE, minimum 2.75/4.0 cumulative GPA from the last regionally accredited school will be admitted into the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at MSOE.
      The terms of the Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete an associates of applied science degree and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. The terms of the Human Services Leadership agreement are limited to students who have complete an associates of applied science degree and have been admitted to the Human Services Leadership degree at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
      Students who complete the Veterinary Technician Associate Degree can apply to UW-Platteville and transfer up to 48 credits from their Associate Degree. Additional coursework may be transferable to satisfy UW-Platteville general education or breadth requirements.

      Non-Wisconsin Schools

      Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
      Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
      Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.
      A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
      Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.
      Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
      This program is open to students who may be admitted to the Madison College veterinary tech program OR students who are admitted to the UW River Falls (UW-RF) Animal Science - Veterinary Technology emphasis. For Madison College students who complete the veterinary technician program are able to transfer to UW-RF for the Animal Science - Veterinary Technician emphasis major. Upon final completion of this articulation agreement students will have earned two degrees- an A.A.S. Veterinary Technician from Madison College and a BS in Animal Science- Vet Tech emphasis from UW-RF.
    • Career Outcomes

      Madison College Veterinary Technician Program prepares graduates for entry level veterinary technician positions.  Our mission is to provide accessible, high-quality, learning experiences in the field of Veterinary Medicine to improve animal and human health. 

      • Participate in facility management utilizing traditional and electronic media and appropriate Veterinary Medical Terminology and abbreviations.
      • Communicate in a professional manner in all formats, written, oral, nonverbal and electronic.
      • Read and follow protocols and procedures accurately and within time constraints.
      • Work as a team member demonstrating initiative, and applying time and stress management techniques.
      • Identify and manage stressful and emotional work situations.
      • Follow and uphold applicable laws and the veterinary technology profession’s ethical code to provide high quality care to patients.
      • Safely and effectively administer prescribed drugs to patients, and accurately dispense and explain drugs to clients.
      • Demonstrate and perform patient assessment techniques, husbandry, nutrition, therapeutic and dentistry techniques in a variety of animal species (including laboratory animal species, companion animals and food animals).
      • Safely and effectively manage patients in all phases of anesthetic procedures, as well as safely and effectively select, utilize and maintain anesthetic delivery and monitoring instruments and equipment.
      • Demonstrate and integrate all aspects of patient management for common surgical procedures in a variety of animal species.
      • Properly package, handle and store specimens for laboratory analysis, properly carry out analysis of laboratory specimens. (Blood, urine, feces, tissues, skin scrapes, discharge, body fluids)
      • Safely and effectively produce diagnostic images.

      Veterinary Technician National Exam Scores

      July 2018 - June 2021

      1. The three-year pass rate (based on a July 1 to June 30 reporting year) on the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE):  82% pass rate for first time test takers (National average is 74%).
      2. The number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE, for the corresponding time frame as the reported VTNE pass rate: 151 first time test takers.

       

      • Graduate Summary

        Graduate Report Summary Overview

        2018 2019 2020
        Number of Program Graduates 53 46 55
        Number of Surveys Sent 53 46 55
        Number of Surveys Returned 22 36 35
        Percent of Surveys Returned
        Available for Employment 21 35 34
        Percent Available for Employment 95.5% 97.2% 97.1%
        Not in Labor Market 1 1 1
        Percent Not in Labor Market 4.5% 2.8% 2.9%
        Available for Employment

        2018 2019 2020
        Graduates Employed 21 33 31
        Percent of Graduates Employed 100.0% 94.3% 91.2%
        Employed in Related Occupation 21 31 29
        Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.0% 93.9% 93.5%
        Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 2 2
        Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.0% 6.1% 6.5%
        Employed - No Response 0 0 0
        Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
        Seeking Employment 0 2 3
        Percent Seeking Employment 0.0% 5.7% 8.8%
        Reaction To Training at Madison College

        2018 2019 2020
        Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.7 3.2 3.4
        Number of Satisfaction Responses 22 36 35
        Very Satisfied (4) 18 10 16
        Percent Very Satisfied 81.8% 27.8% 45.7%
        Satisfied (3) 3 24 17
        Percent Satisfied 13.6% 66.7% 48.6%
        Unsatisfied (2) 0 2 1
        Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 5.6% 2.9%
        Very Unsatisfed (1) 1 0 1
        Percent Very Unsatisfied 4.5% 0.0% 2.9%
        Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

        2018 2019 2020
        Number of Primary Reason Responses 22 36 35
        Preparation for Getting a Job 17 27 26
        Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 77.3% 75.0% 74.3%
        Career Change 4 4 4
        Percent Career Change 18.2% 11.1% 11.4%
        Improvement of Existing Skills 0 3 3
        Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.0% 8.3% 8.6%
        Preparation for Further Education 1 1 2
        Percent Preparation for Further Education 4.5% 2.8% 5.7%
        Personal Interest 0 0 0
        Percent Personal Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
        Other 0 1 0
        Percent Other 0.0% 2.8% 0.0%
        When Employment was Obtained

        2018 2019 2020
        Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 17 33 31
        Before Enrollment 0 5 6
        Percent Before Enrollment 0.0% 15.2% 19.4%
        While Attending the College 6 13 16
        Percent While Attending the College 35.3% 39.4% 51.6%
        After Training at the College 11 15 9
        Percent After Training at the College 64.7% 45.5% 29.0%
        Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

        2018 2019 2020
        Number of Employment Location Responses 21 33 31
        In College District 9 19 19
        Percent In College District 42.9% 57.6% 61.3%
        In Wisconsin, Not in District 11 11 11
        Percent of In Wisconsin 52.4% 33.3% 35.5%
        Outside of Wisconsin 1 3 0
        Percent Outside Wisconsin 4.8% 9.1% 0.0%
        Employer Location Unknown 0 0 1
        Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 0.0% 3.2%
        Salary Trend
        Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
        Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 19 26 23
        Average Monthly Wage $2,313 $2,462 $2,510
        Average Hourly Wage $13.45 $14.31 $14.59
        Average Work Hours per Week 39.3 39.6 40.0
        Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2 3 4
        Average Hourly Wage $13.13 $13.17 $13.34
        Average Work Hours per Week 30.0 28.7 20.0
      • Graduate Employers

        Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020
        Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
        Animal Clinic of Fort Atkinson Veterinary Technician Fort Atkinson
        Badger Veterinary Hospital Certified Veterinary Technician Janesville 2
        Baraboo Valley Veterinary Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician Baraboo
        Brodhead Veterinary Medical Center Certified Veterinary Technician Brodhead
        CJ Haase Veterinary Clinic Veterinary Technician Reeseville
        Companion Animal Hospital Veterinary Technician
        Dane County Humane Society Veterinary Technician
        Dells Animal Hospital Veterinary Technician Wisconsin Dells
        Dodgeville Veterinary Service Veterinary Technician Dodgeville
        Dog Hut Animal Caretaker McFarland
        Fitchburg Veterinary Hospital Certified Veterinary Technician Fitchburg
        Fox Valley Animal Referral Center Certified Veterinary Technician Appleton
        Geneva Lakes Animal Hospital Veterinary Technician Walworth
        Great Lakes Equine Veterinary Technician Hortonville
        Madison Veterinary Specialists Certified Veterinary Technician
        McFarland Animal Hospital Veterinary Technician McFarland
        Odyssey Veterinary Care Certified Veterinary Technician Fitchburg
        Spartan Animal Hospital Certified Veterinary Technician McFarland
        Stoughton Veterinary Service Certified Veterinary Technician Stoughton
        UW Madison's Veterinary Teaching Hospital Veterinary Technician
        VCA Veterinary Emergency Service Veterinary Assistant
        VCA Veterinary Emergency Service Certified Veterinary Technician Middleton
        Vetcor Certified Veterinary Technician Stoughton
        Veterinary Associates Veterinary Technician Assistant Reedsville
        Whole Pet Veterinary Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician
        Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center Certified Veterinary Technician Waukesha

        * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

        ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

        *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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