In this section
- Regular Program: Admission Requirements
- Regular Program: Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Petition Requirements
- Regular Program: Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Petition Requirements
- Hybrid Program: Admission Requirements
- Hybrid Program: Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Petition Requirements
- Hybrid Program: Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Petition Requirements
- Essential Functions
Associate Degree in Applied Science
As a Veterinary Technician student, you will learn skills and procedures to improve the health and well-being of veterinary patients.
The Veterinary Technician program is offered in two formats: the traditional face-to-face format and a hybrid format. To learn more about both of these opportunities, click on the Admissions tab above.
Madison College's Hybrid Veterinary Technician program is designed for the student currently performing assistant duties in a veterinary clinic at 20+ hours per week. A credentialed veterinary technician and/or DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) must serve as your mentor and will aid in honing of the essential AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) skills.
All initial instruction of hands-on skills can/will be offered in the hybrid labs at the college or designated off campus location.
Core courses that do not have a lab component will be offered in a 100% online modality.
Common duties include:
- Restrain animals for procedures
- Prepare and give medication
- Collect samples
- General caretaking
- Administer anesthesia
- Apply bandages
- Place IV catheters
- Office skills and record keeping
- Client education and communication
- Conduct lab tests
- Assist in dental procedures
- Take x-rays
- You must demonstrate the ability to meet the essential functions of the Veterinary Technician program.
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.
After graduation, pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam to become a certified veterinary technician.
Veterinary Technician is on a career pathway that includes this associate degree, which will prepare you for a good job or advanced training, such as a bachelor's degree. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.
Students in the face-to-face Veterinary Technician program can attend full time.
Students in the hybrid Veterinary Technician program can attend part time.
Veterinary Technician classes are offered at these Madison College campuses:
- Madison - Truax
Explore financial aid eligibility for Veterinary Technician.
Some of the courses for this program may be available online.
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.
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.
- Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
- Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.
Once you have been accepted in a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Veterinary Technician Petition Requirements.
- Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Veterinary Technician Regular Program Petition Requirements
- Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Veterinary Technician Regular Program Petition Requirements
- Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Veterinary Technician Hybrid Program Petition Requirements
- Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Veterinary Technician Hybrid Program Petition Requirements
Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.
Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:
- Progress toward your specific requirements
- Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements
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MATC Veterinary Technician program graduates are prepared to:
- 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 2016 - June 2019
- The three-year pass rate (based on a July 1 to June 30 reporting year) on the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE): 90% pass rate for first time test takers (National average is 71%).
- The number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE, for the corresponding time frame as the reported VTNE pass rate: 147 first time test takers.
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 52% from 2010 to 2020.
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
Estimated Program Cost
# of Credits for Completion70Tuition$9795.50Materials/Supplemental Costs$2271.85Other Costs$100.00Total Estimated Program Costs:
(book costs not included)$12167.35
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2016 2017 2018 Number of Program Graduates 45 53 53 Number of Surveys Sent 45 53 53 Number of Surveys Returned 38 41 22 Percent of Surveys Returned 84.40% 77.40% 41.50% Available for Employment 36 38 21 Percent Available for Employment 94.70% 92.70% 95.50% Not in Labor Market 2 3 1 Percent Not in Labor Market 5.30% 7.30% 4.50% Available for Employment
2016 2017 2018 Graduates Employed 36 35 21 Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 92.10% 100.00% Employed in Related Occupation 35 34 21 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 97.20% 97.10% 100.00% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 1 0 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2.80% 2.90% 0.00% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 0 3 0 Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 7.90% 0.00% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2016 2017 2018 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.8 3.5 3.7 Number of Satisfaction Responses 38 41 22 Very Satisfied 29 22 18 Percent Very Satisfied 76.30% 53.70% 81.80% Satisfied 9 19 3 Percent Satisfied 23.70% 46.30% 13.60% Unsatisfied 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Very Unsatisfied 0 0 1 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 4.50% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2016 2017 2018 Number of Primary Reason Responses 38 41 22 Preparation for Getting a Job 27 23 17 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 71.10% 56.10% 77.30% Career Change 5 12 4 Percent Career Change 13.20% 29.30% 18.20% Improvement of Existing Skills 3 1 0 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 7.90% 2.40% 0.00% Preparation for Further Education 0 3 1 Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 7.30% 4.50% Personal Interest 3 2 0 Percent Personal Interest 7.90% 4.90% 0.00% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2016 2017 2018 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 36 35 17 Before Enrollment 3 2 0 Percent Before Enrollment 8.30% 5.70% 0.00% While Attending the College 11 13 6 Percent While Attending the College 30.60% 37.10% 35.30% After Training at the College 22 20 11 Percent After Training at the College 61.10% 57.10% 64.70% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2016 2017 2018 Number of Employment Location Responses 36 35 21 In College District 15 21 9 Percent In College District 41.70% 60.00% 42.90% In Wisconsin, Not in District 15 13 11 Percent of In Wisconsin 41.70% 37.10% 52.40% Outside of Wisconsin 3 1 1 Percent Outside Wisconsin 8.30% 2.90% 4.80% Employer Location Unknown 3 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 8.30% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 28 28 19 Average Monthly Wage $2,353 $2,390 $2,313 Average Hourly Wage $13.68 $13.89 $13.45 Average Work Hours per Week 39.8 39.8 39.3 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 4 4 2 Average Hourly Wage $12.32 $12.44 $13.13 Average Work Hours per Week 26.2 22.8 30
Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018 Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison Number of Full Time Positions Open 92 63 Number of Part Time Positions Open 53 28 Total Jobs 145 91 Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018 Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions Animal Hospital of Sun Prairie Certified Veterinary Technician Sun Prairie Brodhead Veterinary Medical Center Certified Veterinary Technician Brodhead Cedar Grove Veterinary Services Certified Veterinary Technician Cedar Grove Countryside Veterinary Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician Covance Laboratories, Inc Study Technician Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician Fox Valley Animal Referral Center Veterinary Technician Appleton Janesville Animal Medical Center Certified Veterinary Technician Milton Kettle Moraine Veterinary Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician Plymouth Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists Veterinary Technician Oak Creek Marshall Pet Care Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician Marshall Memorial Drive Veterinary Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician Manitowoc Pineview Veterinary Hospital Certified Veterinary Technician Waunakee Progressive Veterinary Services LLC Certified Veterinary Technician Wisconsin Rapids Sun Prairie Pet Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician Sun Prairie Sunrise Veterinary Services Certified Veterinary Technician Reedsburg University of Tennessee Knoxville Small Animal Clinic Veterinary Technician Intern Knoxville TN Waterloo Veterinary Clinic Veterinary Technician Waterloo Weston Veterinary Hospital Certified Veterinary Technician Weston Whitewater Veterinary Hospital Certified Veterinary Technician Whitewater Whitewater Veterinary Hospital Veterinary Technician Whitewater
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