Veterinary Technician

93%

Employed

93% of our recent graduates got a job in the industry.

93%

Student Satisfaction

93% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.

Associate Degree

Program Number: 100911

Credits: 64

Area of Study: Science, Math and Natural Resources

Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $9,024.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
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$1,638.40
Other Costs
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$100.00
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Total Estimated Program Costs*:
Overview
Pets

​​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

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.

12 credits of core program courses available each semester. 

Veterinary Technician classes are offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for Veterinary Technician.

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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 Veterinary Technician Petition Requirements.

Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

Fall 2022 and Spring 2023

Questions?

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

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

Transfer

Madison College has the following Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review the list and identify the right college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree. 

After you identify your best transfer options, review the steps to transfer, attend transfer events, and meet with your program advisor every semester to keep your transfer plans on track.

Wisconsin Schools

Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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

Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
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 2017 - June 2020

  1. The three-year pass rate (based on a July 1 to June 30 reporting year) on the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE):  87.4% 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: 151 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 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.

  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    201820192020
    Number of Program Graduates534655
    Number of Surveys Sent534655
    Number of Surveys Returned223635
    Percent of Surveys Returned41.5%78.3%63.6%
    Available for Employment213534
    Percent Available for Employment95.5%97.2%97.1%
    Not in Labor Market111
    Percent Not in Labor Market4.5%2.8%2.9%
    Available for Employment

    201820192020
    Graduates Employed213331
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%94.3%91.2%
    Employed in Related Occupation213129
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.0%93.9%93.5%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation022
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.0%6.1%6.5%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Seeking Employment023
    Percent Seeking Employment0.0%5.7%8.8%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    201820192020
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.73.23.4
    Number of Satisfaction Responses223635
    Very Satisfied (4)181016
    Percent Very Satisfied81.8%27.8%45.7%
    Satisfied (3)32417
    Percent Satisfied13.6%66.7%48.6%
    Unsatisfied (2)021
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%5.6%2.9%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)101
    Percent Very Unsatisfied4.5%0.0%2.9%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    201820192020
    Number of Primary Reason Responses223635
    Preparation for Getting a Job172726
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job77.3%75.0%74.3%
    Career Change444
    Percent Career Change18.2%11.1%11.4%
    Improvement of Existing Skills033
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.0%8.3%8.6%
    Preparation for Further Education112
    Percent Preparation for Further Education4.5%2.8%5.7%
    Personal Interest000
    Percent Personal Interest0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Other010
    Percent Other0.0%2.8%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    201820192020
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses173331
    Before Enrollment056
    Percent Before Enrollment0.0%15.2%19.4%
    While Attending the College61316
    Percent While Attending the College35.3%39.4%51.6%
    After Training at the College11159
    Percent After Training at the College64.7%45.5%29.0%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    201820192020
    Number of Employment Location Responses213331
    In College District91919
    Percent In College District42.9%57.6%61.3%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District111111
    Percent of In Wisconsin52.4%33.3%35.5%
    Outside of Wisconsin130
    Percent Outside Wisconsin4.8%9.1%0.0%
    Employer Location Unknown001
    Percent Location Unknown0.0%0.0%3.2%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count192623
    Average Monthly Wage$2,313$2,462$2,510
    Average Hourly Wage$13.45$14.31$14.59
    Average Work Hours per Week39.339.640.0
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count234
    Average Hourly Wage$13.13$13.17$13.34
    Average Work Hours per Week30.028.720.0
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    And Dogs Too Veterinary Clinic Veterinary Assistant Middleton
    Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Minnesota Certified Veterinary Technician Oakdale MN
    Animal Health Center Veterinary Technician Watertown
    Animal Hospital of Verona Veterinary Technician Verona
    Arbor Ridge Pet Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician Fitchburg
    Badger Veterinary Hospital Pharmacy Assistant Janesville
    Capital City Veterinary Veterinary Assistant
    CJ Haase Veterinary Clinic Veterinary Technician Reeseville
    Columbus Countryside Vet Clinic Veterinary Technician Columbus
    Hill-Dale Veterinary Care Certified Veterinary Technician Baraboo
    Janesville Veterinary Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician Beloit
    Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician Lake Mills
    Madison Veterinary Specialists Surgical Technologist
    Marshfield Veterinary Service Veterinary Technician Marshfield
    Precision Veterinary Certified Veterinary Technician
    Pulaski Veterinary Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician Pulaski
    Purple Paws Pat Clinic Veterinary Technician Coronado CA
    Spring Harbor Animal Hospital Certified Veterinary Technician
    Sullivan Veterinary Service Certified Veterinary Technician Sullivan
    Sun Prairie Pet Clinic Veterinary Technician Sun Prairie
    UW Systems Certified Veterinary Technician
    VCA Veterinary Emergency Service & Veterinary Specialty Center Certified Veterinary Technician Middleton
    Veterinary Associates Certified Veterinary Technician Galena IL
    Veterinary Emergency Services Certified Veterinary Technician
    Waterloo Veterinary Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician Waterloo
    Waukesha Animal Hospital Certified Veterinary Technician Waukesha
    Waunakee Veterinary Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician Waunakee
    Whitewater Veterinary Hospital Certified Veterinary Technician Whitewater
    Wisconsin Valley Veterinary Service Certified Veterinary Technician Wausau

    * - 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