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Veterinary Technician

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 100911

Overview

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

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

Requirements:

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to recognize colors
  • Good vision and hearing

Transfer Credit

The Veterinary Technician Program only accept 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 Veterinary Technician program can attend full time.

Veterinary Technician classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax 

This program is not offered online.

Veterinary Technician


Admission

To Apply

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

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 

Questions?

Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester
Second Semester
Third Semester (summer)
Fourth Semester
Fifth Semester
Outcomes

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’s 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 2012 - June 2015

  1. The three-year pass rate (based on a July 1 to June 30 reporting year) on the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE):  93.4% pass rate for first time test takers.
  2. The number of eligible first-time candidates: 189 Veterinary Technician graduates.
  3. The number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE, for the corresponding time frame as the reported VTNE pass rate: 182 first time test takers.
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 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.

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