65 Credits | 2 Years
Career Cluster: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Combine your love for animals and your passion for science with your career by becoming a veterinary technician. Veterinary technicians, under the supervision of a veterinarian, provide a variety of services that supports the veterinarian. Veterinary technicians are an integral part of the veterinary team, and each day at work provides new and exciting challenges.
Veterinary Technician graduates will be prepared to obtain patient history and perform the initial physical exam, place intravenous catheters and give injectable medications, anesthetize and monitor patients, and assist in surgery. Graduates will also be trained to perform dental cleanings on dogs and cats and can handle care for lab animals. Additionally, graduates will be qualified to apply bandages and splints, as well as evaluate lab samples under a microscope.
Veterinary Technician graduates will be able to:
- Manage veterinary business functions
- Integrate all aspects of patient management for anesthetic, surgical, and medical nursing procedures
- Produce diagnostic radiographic images
- Perform laboratory procedures
- Administer prescribed drugs
Veterinary Technicians work in a variety of settings including clinics and hospitals, humane societies, zoos and wildlife parks and more.
Experience with multiple species.
Veterinary Technician is a two-year associate degree program offered at the New Richmond campus.
There is a strong demand for veterinary technicians in traditional clinical settings, veterinary sales, and research.
You'll get hands-on experience applying your knowledge in a clinical setting. You'll work alongside veterinarians and other veterinary technicians in the field to get real-world exposure to the challenges faced day-to-day.
As a Veterinary Technician student at Northwood Tech, you all have access to instructors who have many years of experience in the field.
Program-specific courses covered include Veterinary Pharmacology, Surgical Procedures for Vet Sciences, Anesthesia and Dentistry for Veterinary Sciences, and more.
Veterinary Technician is Part of a Career Pathway
As a Veterinary Technician student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way!
This technical diploma is embedded in the Veterinary Technician program.
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Admissions and Tuition
Northwood Tech has an easy admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get started.
Tuition and Fees
Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.
Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work-study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits, and scholarships.
Estimated Total Program Costs 2023-24*
65 Credits | 2 Years
*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.
After the Northwood Tech Veterinary Technician Program
Upon completion of the program, you will earn a Veterinary Assistant technical diploma and a Veterinary Technician associate degree.
Veterinary Technician programs are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association - Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA-CVTEA) at 1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360, phone: 800.248.2862. Graduates of AVMA-CVTEA accredited programs are eligible to take the Veterinary Technical National Exam (VTNE) and the Wisconsin state exam directly with the American Associate of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) at AAVSB.org upon graduation. The Committee on Veterinary Technical Education and Activities (CVTEA) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has granted Initial Accreditation to Northwood Tech’s Veterinary Technology Program, effective February 4, 2021. All students will be eligible to take the VTNE and Wisconsin state exam upon graduation. After successful completion of the exams, the individual will be a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT).
Professional Licensure and/or Certification Information
Northwood Tech's Veterinary Technician Associate Degree is designed to meet the State of Wisconsin's licensing criteria. However, Northwood Tech has not made a determination whether this program meets licensure requirements in states other than Wisconsin. Students who may be seeking professional licensure or certification in states other than Wisconsin should contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to verify that the Northwood Tech program meets licensure or certification requirements.
The three-year pass rate (based on a July 1 to a June 30 reporting year) on the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) includes current results from July 1, 2020 to June 20, 2023
|# first time candidates taking VTNE||33|
|Two-year pass rate||93.94%|