School of Health Education

Health Education Building 103
1705 Hoffman Street
Madison WI 53704

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Veterinary Technician

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 100911


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

Starting Fall 2018, you have a choice:

Enroll in the new hybrid version of this program or enroll in our in-person format. The hybrid learning format offers online and in-person courses. Contact Sabrina at for information on the new hybrid format. To apply to the in-person format, click on the Admission tab. 

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 Veterinary Technician program can attend full time.

Veterinary Technician classes may be 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.

Veterinary Technician


To Apply

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

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • 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 admitted in a pre-petition status, your next step is to complete the Veterinary Technician Petition Requirements.

Fall 2018 and Spring 2019                  Fall 2019 and Spring 2020    


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 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 2015 - June 2018

  1. The three-year pass rate (based on a July 1 to June 30 reporting year) on the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE):  89% pass rate for first time test takers (National average is 70%).
  2. The number of eligible first-time candidates: 159 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: 155 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.

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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    Other Costs
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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 63 45 53
    Number of Surveys Sent 63 45 53
    Number of Surveys Returned 46 38 41
    Percent of Surveys Returned 73.00% 84.40% 77.40%
    Available for Employment 45 36 38
    Percent Available for Employment 97.80% 94.70% 92.70%
    Not in Labor Market 1 2 3
    Percent Not in Labor Market 2.20% 5.30% 7.30%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 44 36 35
    Percent of Graduates Employed 97.80% 100.00% 92.10%
    Employed in Related Occupation 41 35 34
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 93.20% 97.20% 97.10%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 1 1
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 4.50% 2.80% 2.90%
    Employed - No Response 1 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 2.30% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 1 0 3
    Percent Seeking Employment 2.20% 0.00% 7.90%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.8 3.5
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 46 38 41
    Very Satisfied 28 29 22
    Percent Very Satisfied 60.90% 76.30% 53.70%
    Satisfied 18 9 19
    Percent Satisfied 39.10% 23.70% 46.30%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 46 38 41
    Preparation for Getting a Job 30 27 23
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 65.20% 71.10% 56.10%
    Career Change 7 5 12
    Percent Career Change 15.20% 13.20% 29.30%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 2 3 1
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 4.30% 7.90% 2.40%
    Preparation for Further Education 2 0 3
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 4.30% 0.00% 7.30%
    Personal Interest 1 3 2
    Percent Personal Interest 2.20% 7.90% 4.90%
    Other 4 0 0
    Percent Other 8.70% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 43 36 35
    Before Enrollment 5 3 2
    Percent Before Enrollment 11.60% 8.30% 5.70%
    While Attending the College 18 11 13
    Percent While Attending the College 41.90% 30.60% 37.10%
    After Training at the College 20 22 20
    Percent After Training at the College 46.50% 61.10% 57.10%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 44 36 35
    In College District 20 15 21
    Percent In College District 45.50% 41.70% 60.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 16 15 13
    Percent of In Wisconsin 36.40% 41.70% 37.10%
    Outside of Wisconsin 2 3 1
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 4.50% 8.30% 2.90%
    Employer Location Unknown 6 3 0
    Percent Location Unknown 13.60% 8.30% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 31 28 28
    Average Monthly Wage $2,265 $2,353 $2,390
    Average Hourly Wage $13.17 $13.68 $13.89
    Average Work Hours per Week 39.8 39.8 39.8
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 6 4 4
    Average Hourly Wage $13.00 $12.32 $12.44
    Average Work Hours per Week 26 26.2 22.8
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2017
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 61 86
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 30 40
    Total Jobs 91 126
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Animart Veterinary Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician
    Badger Veterinary Hospital Certified Veterinary Technician Janesville
    Badger Veterinary Hospital Large Animal Veterinary Technician Janesville
    Black Earth Veterinary Clinic Veterinary Technician Black Earth
    Brodhead Veterinary Medical Center Certified Veterinary Technician Brodhead
    Cedarburg Veterinary Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician Cedarburg 2
    Chalet Veterinay Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician Stoughton
    Columbus Countryside Vet Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician Columbus
    Family Pet Hospital Veterinary Technician Platteville
    Four Paws Veterinary Clinic Veterinary Technician Sauk City
    Great Lakes Veterinary Clinic Veterinary Technician Neenah
    Healthy Pet Veterinary Assistant
    Heritage Animal Hospital Veterinary Technician Greenville
    Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician Lake Mills
    Lakeview Veterinary Clinic Veterinary Technician
    Littleton Equine Medical Center Veterinary Technician Littleton CO
    Lodi Veterinary Care Head Laboratory Technician Lodi
    Mazomanie Animal Hospital Certified Veterinary Technician Mazomanie
    Odyssey Veterinary Care Surgical Technician Fitchburg
    Poynette Veterinary Care Certified Veterinary Technician Poynette
    Spring Green Animal Hospital Certified Veterinary Technician Spring Green
    St Francis Animal Hospital Veterinary Technician St Francis
    Tyranena Veterinary Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician Lake Mills
    UW - Madison Training Coordinator
    UW - Madison School of Veterinary Medicine Certified Veterinary Technician 2
    Veterinary Emergency Services Certified Veterinary Technician
    Whole Pet Veterinary Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician
    Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center Emergency Veterinary Technician Waukesha
    Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center Veterinary Technician Waukesha
    Woodview Veterinary Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician West Bend

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