University of Wisconsin–Madison

Veterinary Technician (VT)/Certified (CVT)/Licensed (LVT)

Getting Started

  • High School Courses
    • Helpful high school courses include biology, chemistry, math, animal science and English.
    • Volunteering or working with animals is strongly recommended.
  • Education and Training
    • Entry to this occupation is a 2-year Associate Degree.
    • Madison Area Technical College (MATC) offers a 2-year Associate Degree Program. Courses include Principles of Animal Biology, Veterinary Medical Terminology, Written Communication, Animal Disease, Life Science Chemistry, Animal Anatomy & Physiology, and Psychology of Human Relations.
    • MATC’s Program includes an Internship (work experience) that generally follows the 2nd semester coursework in the college summer recess and is conducted during a period of 8 weeks (or 288 hours minimum) Student’s work is supervised by assigned instructors.

    Educational Institutions

    Gateway Technical College
    Madison Area Technical College
    Milwaukee Career College
    Northcentral Technical College
    University of Wisconsin – River Falls

  • Method of Training
    • Most entry-level Veterinary Technicians have a 2-year degree, usually an Associate’s Degree, from an accredited community college program in veterinary technology in which courses are taught in clinical and laboratory settings using live animals.
    • Upon completion of an accredited program, graduates are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) administered by the Veterinary Examining Board of the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing.
    • Each State regulates Veterinary Technicians differently; however, all States require them to pass a credentialing exam following coursework.
    • Receiving a passing score on the VTNE permits the use of the title Certified Veterinary Technician.
  • Professional Organizations

    American Animal Hospital Association
    12575 W. Bayaud Ave.
    Lakewood, CO, 80228
    800/252-2242 or 303/986-2800
    www.aahanet.org/

    American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
    9190 Crestwyn Hills Dr.
    Memphis, TN, 38125
    901/754-8620
    www.aalas.org

    American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
    PO Box 630
    Abingdon, MD, 21009
    410/569-0795
    www.ahvma.org/

    American Veterinary Medical Association
    1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100
    Schaumburg, IL, 60173-4360
    800/248-2862 or 800/321-1473 or 847/925-8070
    www.avma.org

    Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
    1101 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 301
    Washington, DC, 20005
    202/371-9195
    www.aavmc.org

    Association of Avian Veterinarians
    PO Box 9
    Teaneck, NJ, 07666
    720/458-4111
    www.aav.org/

    National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America
    PO Box 1227
    Albert Lea, MN, 56007
    888/99NAVTA (62882)
    www.navta.net/

    United States Animal Health Association
    4221 Mitchell Ave.
    St. Joseph, MO, 64507
    816/671-1144
    www.usaha.org

    Veterinary Career Network
    888/491-8833, Ext. 1247
    www.veterinarycareernetwork.com/

    Veterinary Hospital Managers Association
    PO Box 2280
    Alachua, FL, 32616-2280
    877/599-2707 or 518/433-8911
    www.vhma.org/#

    Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association
    4610 S. Biltmore Lane, Suite 107
    Madison, WI, 53718
    608-257-3665
    wvma.org/

    Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association
    12321 W. Godsell Ave.
    Hales Corners, WI, 53130
    414/379-6793
    wvta.com/

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2014 (Wisconsin): 1,880
Number Employed in 2014 (U.S.): 95,600
Expected Employment in 2024 (U.S.): 113,600
Percent Employment Growth (2014-2024): 19%
Expected Annual Openings: 2,740
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $31,424

Salary information is located at Career One Stop

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