Veterinary Technician

Associate Degree

Area of Study: Science, Math and Natural Resources

Program number: 100911


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.

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.

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

Program Details

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.

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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.

  • View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

Regular Program         Hybrid Program

  • 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.

After Acceptance

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


Contact Enrollment Services at 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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


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

  1. 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%).
  2. 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 

Learn about other veterinary technician opportunities.

  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    Other Costs
    Total Estimated Program Costs:
    (book costs not included)
  • Graduate Summary
    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
  • Graduate Employers
    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

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

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