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Associate in Veterinary Technician

Gateway Technical College
Program overview
Full time
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates


Program description

Associate in Veterinary Technician

Care for animals at every phase of their lives in a variety of settings, like shelters, zoos, research facilities or wildlife refuges. You’ll graduate from Gateway’s Veterinary Technician associate degree program prepared to provide animals of all sorts with medical care and eligible to take the American Veterinary Medical Association’s national certification exam for state licensure.

In this program, students learn veterinary technical skills such as how to care for and handle animals, provide medical and surgical nursing including anesthesiology and dental prophylaxis, and perform radiography and clinical laboratory procedures. Applicable federal, state, and local law and ethical guidelines are presented to students throughout the program. Students complete clinical work under the direction of certified veterinary technicians and veterinarians. Graduates will be eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) administered by the Veterinary Examining Board of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. Certified Veterinary Technicians provide professional support to veterinarians in veterinary clinics and hospitals, biological research settings, animal control and humane organizations, zoos, and educational facilities.

Admission requirements

  • Students must meet one of the following: minimum high school GPA of 2.6, minimum college GPA of 2.0, or complete valid reading, writing, and math placement assessments.
  • Students must complete a Background Disclosure form and must request and pay for a background check. Applicants for all health science programs are subject to a review of their criminal backgrounds. Positive background checks may negatively impact your ability to pursue a health career at Gateway Technical College. Each case will be individually evaluated based on all available evidence provided to the college

For more information about admission and graduation requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

  • Animal Behavior
  • Animal Care and Management
  • English Composition 1
  • Principles of Animal Biology
  • Veterinary Business Practices
  • Veterinary Medical Terminology
  • Clinical Pathology I for Vet Sciences
  • Communication Requirement
  • Imaging for Veterinary Sciences
  • Surgical Procedures I for Vet Sciences
  • Clinical Skills I for Vet Sciences
  • Clinical Skills II for Vet Sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Veterinary Pharmacology
  • Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians
  • Clinical Pathology II for Vet Sciences
  • Lab Animals and Non-traditional Pets
  • Psychology, Introduction to
  • Surgical Procedures II for Vet Sciences
  • Clinical Skills III for Veterinary Sci
  • Ethics: Theory & Applications, Intro to
  • Veterinary Tech Clinical Internship

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the college website.

Tuition fees

The cost per semester is $2,700.


Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Manage veterinary business functions.
  2. Integrate all aspects of patient management for anesthetic, surgical, and medical nursing procedures.
  3. Produce diagnostic radiographic images.
  4. Perform laboratory procedures.
  5. Administer prescribed drugs

Career opportunities

  • Veterinary Technician
  • Veterinary Lab Technician
  • Emergency Veterinary Technician

About this institute

Gateway Technical College

Gateway Technical College began in 1911 as America’s first publicly funded technical college, preparing students to achieve their academic and professional goals. Our hands-on training in over 70 programs of study prepares 21,000 students annually to enter new careers or...

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