Degree programs for veterinary technicians are designed to help them acquire the skills they need to assist in surgery and treat domestic pets, farm animals or wild animals. Qualified graduates may find employment in animal clinics and hospitals or zoos.
The three universities highlighted below offer certificates, associate degrees or bachelor's degrees for veterinary technicians or technologists. Each school has been ranked among the best in the country by publications such as U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review.
Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI
|School Highlight: Michigan State University has been providing instruction in veterinary science since 1855.|
Michigan State University was ranked among the nation's best 381 colleges by The Princeton Review in 2017. The school has blossomed into one of the premier veterinary schools in the country. The university's College of Veterinary Medicine offers two options for the student who wants to pursue a career in animal technology: a Certificate of Completion, and a Bachelor of Science. Graduates of these programs are eligible to become veterinary technicians or technologists.
Purdue University in West Lafayette, LA
|School Highlight: Purdue University was ranked among the nation's best 381 colleges in 2017 by The Princeton Review.|
Ranked 60th among national universities in 2017 by U.S. News & World Report., Purdue University is one of the nation's top schools. The university offers an associate degree program for aspiring veterinary technicians and two distinct bachelor's degree programs. Students at this school will learn to care for animals and nurse them back to health. They also learn about clinical and lab procedures, anesthesia, surgical care, dental hygiene and imaging.
Murray State University in Murray, KY
|School Highlight: Murray State University was ranked 35th among southern regional universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2017.|
According to Forbes in 2016, Murray State University was one of the 600 best undergraduate colleges in the nation. The university's 4-year animal technology program offers two areas of study: veterinary technology and pre-veterinary medicine. The veterinary technology program helps students acquire the skills they need to work in veterinary clinics, schools and diagnostic laboratories. The pre-veterinary medicine program helps them fulfill the prerequisites for enrollment in veterinary school.
Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA
|School Highlight: The school offers a bachelor's degree program in veterinary medical technology.|
At Wilson College, students in the Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medical Technology program can choose between three concentrations: veterinary biology, veterinary business management and equi-assist. The program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, and graduates are eligible to take the National Veterinary Technician Examination and apply for state licensure. For 2017, Wilson was ranked #13 among regional colleges in the North and the #4 Best Value school by U.S. News & World Report.
Top Veterinary Technician Schools
Veterinary technicians can also find top programs at the following institutions:
- At Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, CO, vet tech students learn on a 220-acre school farm.
- Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA, offers off-campus practicums targeted toward students' career interests.
- At North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND, Experiential learning opportunities take place in the program's labs and Veterinary Wellness Clinic.
- Otterbein University in Westerville, OH, offers a specialized program in equine science.
- Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT, was ranked 11th among northern regional universities in 2017 by U.S. News & World Report.
- St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, FL, offers an on-campus and online associate degree program in veterinary technology and a bachelor's program in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.
Aspiring veterinary technicians can find undergraduate-level training programs at highly ranked universities, as well as community colleges around the country. Some allow students to specialize their studies in a particular aspect of the field.