7 Animal Tech Colleges


Animal technicians, sometimes referred to as veterinary technicians or technologists, receive training to work with veterinarians. These workers provide routine lab work and tests and may be called on to maintain anesthesia, monitor medications, dress wounds, apply splints and monitor the patient’s condition. Technicians receive an associate’s degree in veterinary technology after completing a two-year or longer program. Some technicians acquire a bachelor’s degree once their basic licensing requirements have been met. The following list includes a sample of seven colleges across the United States offering training programs for animal technicians.

Yuba College

This California college provides a two-year, American Veterinary Medical Association accredited vet tech program, allowing students to complete the requirements necessary for obtaining an Associate in Science Degree. Upon completion of coursework, students will be able to work as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in California and elsewhere.

Yuba College
2088 North Beale Road
Marysville, CA 95901-7605

Mesa Community College

Mesa’s program is new, one of only two in Arizona, and is in the process of seeking accreditation from American Veterinary Medical Association. This two to three year program leads to an Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology/Animal Health, allowing the student to pursue work in a vet’s office, animal hospital, zoo or a lab.

Mesa Community College
1833 West Southern
Mesa, AZ 85202

North Dakota State University

This university’s vet tech program has 150 students enrolled, each of whom is pursuing a bachelor’s degree. The pre-veterinary technology or first year of the North Dakota State program is open enrollment, with 28 students selected the following spring to begin the professional portion of their studies that fall. Those students who don’t purse veterinary technology after their first year of study can transfer their credits into another NDSU program.

North Dakota State University
Ceres 124
Fargo, ND 58105-5454

Joliet Junior College

Vet tech students at Joliet Junior College must complete 100 hours of work under the supervision of a veterinarian before applying for the school’s vet tech program. The veterinarian must fill out a recommendation form to account for their hours and include a written recommendation and signature. The Jolie program requires 74 credits which can be completed in two years as the student will take some summer classes.

Joliet Junior College
1215 Houbolt Road
Joliet, IL 60431

Alfred State College – SUNY

Alfred State’s veterinary technology program requires students to spend 24 to 36 hours in the classroom and/or laboratory. In addition to being trained to provide nursing care, life support, specimen analysis, surgery assistance and nutritional management, vet tech students are given the skills to accomplish client education and grief management. Alfred grads sit for the NYS Technician Licensing Exam, a requirement for state licensure.

Alfred State College — SUNY
10 Upper College Drive
Alfred, NY 14802

Mount Ida College

This Massachusetts college offers associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in veterinary technology, permitting students to work as veterinarian technicians or technologists. For students pursuing a bachelor’s degree, they will participate in a series of off-site internships. Students pursuing an associate degree participate in one internship during their final semester.

Mount Ida College
777 Dedham St.
Newton, MA 02459

Gwinnett Technical College

This Georgia college is located 45 minutes northwest of downtown Atlanta. The vet tech program begins annually in the fall quarter, a full-time day only program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Students do their field work at the University of Georgia, complete two-day sessions at Emory University and do a behind the scenes tour of Zoo Atlanta. Upon completion of their studies, Gwinnett students sit for the National Board Examination for Veterinary Technicians.

Gwinnett Technical College
5150 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

After Graduation

The job prospects for animal technicians is bright as there are currently more positions available than workers to fill them. The average annual salary in 2010 according to Indeed.com is $41,000.

Adv. – Are you looking for financial assistance to pay for college? A private student loan from Sallie Mae is an option available to you.

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