What Are the Top Veterinary Technician and Assistant Schools?

Learn about good veterinary technician and assistant schools that can prepare you to work at an animal hospital, a zoo or an animal-related business. As you review program options at three top schools, get information about appropriate research facilities and field opportunities. Schools offering Veterinary Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How to Choose a Top Veterinary Technician and Veterinary Assistant School

Community colleges in most states offer accredited 2-year veterinary technician degree programs. A few programs are available online. You can also find bachelor's programs at nationally-ranked universities. You may prefer a program accredited for veterinary technology by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA), since only graduates from these programs may take the AMVA national certification examination. These accredited schools offer varied clinical training opportunities.

3 Top Schools in this Field

Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI

MSU ranked 75th in U.S. News & World Report's list of national universities in 2015 (www.usnews.com), and number 12 in veterinary medicine in the same year. The College of Veterinary Medicine offers a veterinary technology program that could prepare you for public health, zoo, regulatory medicine, humane society or other animal-related jobs. Facilities include MSU's Veterinary Teaching Hospital, a training center for dairy professionals, the Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center and centers for epidemiology, feline health, integrative technology and food safety. These programs are offered:

  • Veterinary Technology Certificate of Completion
  • Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology

University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE

UNL ranked 103rd in 2015 among U.S. News & World Report's national universities. Its School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences offers you a choice of veterinary science, science, or business options within the bachelor's-level veterinary technology program. The school hosts a Veterinary Diagnostic Center and the Great Plains Veterinary Education Center. In the 3+2-year program jointly sponsored by UNL and the UN College of Technical Architecture in Curtis, you'd earn an associate degree in Curtis, pass the national veterinary technology certification examination and then complete the bachelor's degree at the Lincoln campus. These degrees are possible in the UN system:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology

Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN

Purdue tied for 61st in the 2015 ranking of national universities by U.S. News & World Report. The School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) has large and small animal hospitals as well as mobile field services. Research initiatives delve into infectious diseases, cancer biology, and neuroscience. SVM supports international exchange programs. Community outreach services include an animal behavior clinic and a small animal community practice. You could earn these degrees:

  • Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology

More Schools with Veterinary Technology or Assistant Programs

College/University Institution Type Location
CUNY LaGuardia Community College 2-year, Public Long Island City, NY
Hillsborough Community College 2-year, Public Tampa, FL
Macomb Community College 2-year, Public Warren, MI
Oakland Community College 2-year, Public Bloomfield Hills, MI
Pima Community College 2-year, Public Tucson, AZ
Suffolk County Community College 2-year, Public Selden, NY
The Community College of Baltimore County 2-year, Public Baltimore, MD
Des Moines Area Community College 2-year, Public Ankeny, IA
Mesa Community College 2-year, Public Mesa, AZ
Columbus State Community College 2-year, Public Columbus, OH

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