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Veterinary Technician

Associate Degree

65 Credits | 2 Years

Financial Aid-Eligible

New Richmond

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. 

Program Overview

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 do 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 the microscope.

Program Outcomes

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
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Veterinary Technicians work in a variety of settings including clinics and hospitals, humane societies, zoos and wildlife parks and more. 

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In-demand career.

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Hands-on courses.

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Work with small animals. 


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. 

Clinical Experience

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. 

Experienced Instructors

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 subjects covered include Veterinary Pharmacology, Surgical Procedures for Vet Sciences, Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians and more. 

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Featured Veterinary Technician Courses

| 3 CR
In this course, students explore basic nutrition, housing needs, and behavior of common domestic animals to develop skills that enable them to assess animal condition. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to obtain a thorough history, perform a physical exam, administer medications, collect samples, and use proper restraint techniques. PREREQUISITE: Admission to Veterinary Technician plan and COREQUISITE: 10806105 Principles of Animal Biology.
| 3 CR
In this course, students develop practical workplace techniques for veterinary office procedures to develop customer service and veterinary team support skills. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use veterinary software to manage records and financial applications, maximize client interactions, and participate in day-to-day operations of a veterinary facility. PREREQUISITE: Admission to Veterinary Technician plan and COREQUISITE: 10091100 Animal Care and Management.
| 2 CR
In this course, students explore the construction, meaning, and pronunciation of veterinary medical terms to establish understanding and facilitate communication among veterinary team members. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to correctly formulate veterinary medical terms to describe specific concepts. PREREQUISITE: Admission to Veterinary Technician plan.

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! 

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This technical diploma is embedded in the Veterinary Technician program.

Veterinary Assistant

Technical Diploma
32 Credits / 1 Year
Potential Careers
Veterinary Assistant
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Associate Degree
65 Credits / 2 Years Full Time
Potential Careers
Veterinary Technician, Laboratory Animal Technician
Range of Yearly Salary
$25,686 – $37,437 annually
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Continue your education to obtain a bachelor's degree.

Veterinary Technician Transfer Options

UW-River Falls | UW-Stout | UW-Whitewater | Bellevue University | Concordia University | Franklin University | Lakeland University | Milwaukee School of Engineering

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has a simple admissions process. Please see details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get started.

Requirements and Application page 

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

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. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2021-22*

Veterinary Technician

64 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 obtain a Veterinary Technician associate degree.

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Transfer Options

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond.

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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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.


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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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