What Are the Top Schools for an Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology?

With an associate's degree in veterinary technology, you can qualify to work as a veterinary technician. Three nationally recognized schools offering veterinary technology associate's degree programs are discussed below. Schools offering Veterinary Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What To Look For In A Veterinary Technology Associate Degree Program

Students who consider entering this field should seek out a school with a strong reputation in the animal sciences. Instruction in biology, diagnostic imaging, animal care, and even surgical nursing are some of the classes one can expect. A top school will have lab facilities and internship opportunities as part of its program.

Purdue University in Purdue, IN

Purdue University's veterinary technology associate's degree program allows you to get hands-on experience in the school's veterinary teaching hospital on the first day of classes. Curriculum includes courses on large and small animal nursing techniques, dentistry, anesthesia and nutrition, as well as classes in microbiology, anatomy and physiology. Purdue also offers a distance education program featuring online courses and on-site clinical mentorships with a veterinarian's office. Both program formats are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

  • Associate in Applied Science Degree

Morehead State University in Morehead, KY

Morehead State University's AVMA-accredited associate's degree program includes courses on veterinary lab techniques, diagnostic imaging, large animal disease and pharmacology. You can also participate in a series of clinics covering small and large animal care, clinical pathology and dentistry, as well as undertake a full-time preceptorship with a veterinary facility. Clinical training takes place at the schools MSU Veterinary Technology Small Animal Teaching Hospital and Equine Health and Education Center. Additional opportunities to get hands-on experience are available through the school's Vet-Tech Club.

  • Associate in Applied Science Degree

Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN

Ridgewater College's veterinary technology program is accredited by the AVMA. Lectures and clinical experiences on topics including kennel management, surgical nursing, pharmacology and large animal husbandry are completed in state-of-the-art classrooms, simulated veterinary clinics, labs and on-site animal facilities. You can also receive course credit for completing an internship.

  • Associate in Applied Science Degree

Ten More Schools with Veterinary Technology Associate Degree Programs

College/University Institution Type LocationEstimated Undergrad In-State Tuition*
Brigham Young University-Idaho Private, not-for-profit, 4 year Rexburg, ID$4,000
Pensacola State College Public, primarily associate's, 4 year Pensacola, FL$3,000
Northwest College Public, 2 year Powell, WY$3,000
Vermont Technical College Public, primarily associate's, 4 year Randolph, VT$15,000
Foothill College Public, 2 year Los Altos Hills, CA$1,500
Kaskaskia College Public, 2 year Centralia, IL$7,500
Colorado Mountain College Public, primarily associate's, 4 year Glenwood Springs, CO$5,000
University of New Hampshire Public, 4 year Durham, NH$18,500
Bellingham Technical College Public, 2 year Bellingham, WA$4,000
Navarro College Public, 2 year Corsicana, TX$4,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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