Program Description

The Veterinary Technician Associate Degree program will prepare learners with the skills necessary to provide medical and nursing care for a variety of animal species including dogs, cats, cattle, birds, pigs, small mammals, horses and reptiles.

Classroom instruction is combined with hands-on learning opportunities to expose learners to the essential functions and skills they will need to be successful in this career. Learners will have the opportunity to work closely with the NTC dairy farm operation and take several classes concentrating on dairy medicine and will also complete an internship in a veterinary practice to apply their learning in real world situations.

Jobs in this field are generally physical and require the strength to lift and carry 50 pounds. Learners interested in this career should have a strong background in biological sciences. Additionally, learners looking to be successful in this occupation should have the aptitude to work with animals, possess good oral and written communication skills, and have excellent analytical and critical thinking skills.

Approximate Cost

$12,828
Tuition: $11047 , Books: $1781

Starting Salary

$28,000–$32,100
Average, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International

Financial Aid

Available

Competitive Admissions

No Waitlist

This program has no waitlist, but uses a competitive admissions process.

Get Started

The application takes just a few minutes to complete.

Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
30-40%
at Antigo
30-40%
at Medford
30-40%
at Phillips
30-40%
at Spencer
30-40%
at Wittenberg
30-40%
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Integrate all aspects of patient management for anesthetic, surgical, and medical nursing procedures
  • Produce diagnostic radiographic images
  • Perform laboratory procedures
  • Administer prescribed drugs
  • Manage veterinary business functions

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Emergency Veterinary Technician
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Veterinary Assistant

Courses

The Veterinary Technician Associate Degree is a 65 Credit* program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

VETERINARY MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 1.00
VETERINARY OFFICE PROCEDURES 2.00
ANIMAL MANAGEMENT 3.00
ORIENTATION TO VETERINARY STUDIES 1.00
VETERINARY TECHNICIAN CALCULATIONS 1.00
EQUINE HANDLING AND BEHAVIOR 1 1.00
VERTEBRATE ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 1 3.00
VERTEBRATE ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 2 3.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00

Second Term

COMPANION ANIMAL & EQUINE DISEASES 3.00
ANIMAL NURSING 1 3.00
CLINICAL PATHOLOGY 1 2.00
VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY 1 2.00
DAIRY NUTRITION 2.00
MICROBIOLOGY 4.00

Third Term

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN INTERNSHIP 4.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00

Fourth Term

CLINICAL PATHOLOGY 2 3.00
EQUINE MEDICINE FOR VETERINARY TECHNICIANS 1.00
ANIMAL NURSING 2 3.00
VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY 2 2.00
BOVINE REPRODUCTION 2.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00

Fifth Term

LIVESTOCK DISEASES 2.00
EXOTICS, LABORATORY ANIMALS & MEDICINE 2.00
ANIMAL NURSING 3 3.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

* College 101 (10-890-165) is not part of the program credit requirements but is a College Requirement for graduation that must be passed with a “C” or better. This requirement is effective for students beginning the program in Spring 2021 and beyond.

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Accreditation

NTC’s Veterinary Technician program application for accreditation has been accepted. An accepted application for accreditation does not guarantee accreditation and applying for accreditation does not grant any temporary status of accreditation.

Transfer Information

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

  • After admission to the college, you will be considered a pre-veterinary technician student. Students are eligible to submit a financial aid application at this point and can work to complete general education and prerequisite courses as laid out in the program curriculum. Students interested in beginning the core veterinary technician program courses will submit an online form during designated petition dates.
  • Completion of both biology and chemistry courses is strongly recommended prior to beginning this program.
  • The majority of the courses in this program take place at NTC’s Agriculture Center of Excellence, located at 6625 County Road K, Wausau, WI.

Fill out our application

The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. The $30.00 application fee is being waived at this time.

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Then, submit one of the following

Documentation can be sent via email to admissions@ntc.edu, via mail, addressed to: Northcentral Technical College, ATTN: Admissions, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401, or delivered in person to any NTC campus.

  • High school transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Contact the high school you attended if you do not have a copy of your transcript.
  • ACT composite score of 18 or above. Request an ACT College Report from ACT or contact the high school you graduated from if you do not have a copy on hand.
  • Accuplacer scores. Score requirements vary by program and version of the Accuplacer test that was taken. For more details, please contact Admissions. If you did not take the Accuplacer at NTC, contact the college at which you took it to obtain a copy of your scores.
  • College transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 over a minimum of 12 credits, earned at a single college.

If you do not meet any one of the above criteria, don’t worry, complete the application anyway and we will contact you to discuss your options.

What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.