Veterinary Science Associate Degree | Northcentral Technical College

Veterinary Science

Associate Degree

In this program, studies in dairy science are combined with veterinary courses to provide a foundation for employment opportunities in the veterinary assistant and agriculture sector. The agriculture classes are taught at the Agriculture Center of Excellence, which houses a production dairy farm operation. Throughout the program, learners participate in a variety of activities at the farm. Classroom instruction is combined with hands-on learning opportunities to expose students to a wide-range of animal husbandry practices. In addition, learners will complete one internship work experience. Jobs in this field are generally physical and require the strength to lift and carry 50 pounds. Learners interested in this career should have above average computer skills. Additionally, learners looking to be successful in this occupation should have the aptitude to work with animals, and possess good oral, reading and writing skills. Potential occupations include: Veterinary Assistant, Animal Laboratory Assistant, Animal Research Assistant, Agriculture Product Sales and Marketing, Agriculture Promotion, Agriculture Tourism, Animal Caretaker, Pet Store, Zoo, Doggy Day Care, Agriculture Technician, Farm Worker and Animal Maternity Tending. Upon completion of the program and work experience, learners will be able to take the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) exam to work in an animal research facility or veterinary clinic.

program at a Glance

Veterinary Science 64 Credit Associate Degree

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo General Studies Only
  • Medford General Studies Only
  • Phillips General Studies Only
  • Spencer General Studies Only
  • Wittenberg General Studies Only

Approximate Cost

$14,277 (Tuition: $10946, Books: $3331)

Average Starting Salary

$25,756 Annually, based on the 2016 NTC Graduate Employment Report.

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program Outcomes

  • Apply clinical skills appropriate to various animal species
  • Apply training in office procedures and professional communication
  • Apply skills in animal biosafety, animal handling, and restraint
  • Understand and demonstrate husbandry, nutrition, therapeutic and dentistry techniques appropriate to various animal species
  • Perform health assessment and preventative care for a variety of animal species
  • Incorporate information from written documents, legal documents, and professional literature and reports

Potential Careers

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Animal Laboratory Assistant
  • Animal Research Assistant
  • Agriculture Product Sales and Marketing
  • Agriculture Promotion
  • Agriculture Tourism
  • Animal Caretaker
  • Pet Store
  • Zoo
  • Doggy Day Care
  • Agriculture Technician
  • Farm Worker
  • Animal Maternity Tending

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A Day On The Farm

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Transfer Opportunities

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