School and Ranking Information
There are only three schools with veterinary technology programs in the Omaha area. The schools are ranked below based program offerings, tuition, location and rankings.
- Winner: Northeast Community College offers an associate's degree program approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). It has the lowest tuition of the three schools listed here.
- Runner-Up #1: Iowa Western Community College also offers an associate degree program approved by the AVMA. It is located the closest to Omaha, even though it's in neighboring Iowa.
- Runner-Up #2: University of Nebraska - Lincoln is a nationally ranked school offering only a bachelor's degree completion program to students who've already earned a veterinary technology associate degree elsewhere.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Northeast Community College||Iowa Western Community College||University of Nebraska - Lincoln|
|Ranking||N/A||N/A||46th among public national universities for 2013*|
|Location||Norfolk, NE (about 91 miles from Omaha)||Council Bluffs, IA (about 10 miles from Omaha)||Lincoln, NE (about 47 miles from Omaha)|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$2,836.50 in-state; $3,425.50 out-of-state**||$4,285 in-state; $4,435 out-of-state***||$7,984 in-state; $20,734 out-of-state***|
|Veterinary Technology Degree Levels Offered||Associate degree||Associate degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Veterinary Technology Degrees Awarded in 2011-2012||18***||8***||0***|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time)||46% for 2008 entering class***||22% for 2008 entering class***||67% for 2005 entering class***|
|Noteworthy||Veterinary technology program boasts high VTNE pass rates and job placement rates||On-campus facilities feature x-ray equipment and surgical labs||College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources offers career services and job fairs|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **Northeast Community College, ***NCES College Navigator
Winner: Northeast Community College
- Northeast Community College was named among the top 10% of the nation's 2-year schools by the Aspen Institute for 2012
- 94% program graduation rate for 2012
- 17 of 18 students graduating in 2012 found employment or continued their education
Although located about 90 miles from Omaha, Northeast Community College's AVMA-accredited veterinary technology program is notable for its high graduation and VTNE pass rates. Coursework is taught by instructors with significant clinical experience or advanced degrees in veterinary medicine, and includes ultrasound, radiology and anesthesia labs. Students also complete an exam review course and an internship. Before being admitted to this program, applicants must pass a background check and shadow a licensed veterinary technician for at least 50 clock hours. Additional academic requirements include sufficient standardized test scores or GPAs in introductory veterinary technology courses.
Runner-Up #1: Iowa Western Community College
- Average class size is 16 students
- Available resources include surgical labs, diagnostic imaging equipment and kennels
Iowa Western Community College's veterinary technology associate degree program is offered at its Council Bluffs location, about ten miles from Omaha. Students in this AVMA-accredited program complete two semester-long internships at off-site locations. They also care for animals housed in the school's kennel daily. Other opportunities to gain hands-on experience include surgical labs and vaccination clinics. Courses covering office procedures, anesthesiology, clinical pathology and animal nutrition are also included in the curriculum.
Runner-Up #2: University of Nebraska - Lincoln
- Over $750,000 in scholarship funds available to students in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
- Offers animal science coursework not found at any other Nebraska schools
Situated about 47 miles from Omaha, the University of Nebraska - Lincoln offers a bachelor's degree program to veterinary technicians who've completed associate degree programs and passed the VTNE. Coursework can prepare graduates for veterinary school or careers in biomedical research and veterinary practice management. Curriculum focuses on the natural sciences, mathematics and humanities. It also features three specialization options in business, science or veterinary science. Resources available to students enrolled in this program include a diagnostic lab and veterinary extension center housed at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.