Veterinary Technician: A Career for Animal Lovers
Ignite your passion for animals and launch your exciting career helping animals of all kinds with an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology from MWCC.
Our Veterinary Technology associate’s degree program is an affordable way for you to learn all the essential skills you will need to care for animals and receive hands-on training working with real animals. Please note this is a selective program and requires additional application components.
Are you a high school student interested in Veterinary Technology? Get a head start on our program by enrolling as a Dual Enrollment student in your senior year of high school. Learn more here on our Dual Enrollment page.
Jobs in Veterinary Sciences are Growing
The career outlook for Veterinary Technicians and Technologists is bright! The veterinary technician field is projected to grow by 20%* by 2026, so you can expect to find a job fast. In the north-central MA area, veterinary technicians make an average of $35,000* annually.
Hands-On Vet Tech Training
Within the program, our vet tech students will complete two 120 hour internship rotations, helping real animals in an off-site facility, working with:
- Farm Animals
- Exotic Species
- Emergency and Specialty Cases
- Aquatic Medicine
- and so much more!
For just 9 hours a week during your internship, under the supervision of a certified veterinary technician, you will receive real-world experience helping animals to put your skills and knowledge into action.
What’s the Difference Between Vet Tech and Vet Assistants?
Similar to the human healthcare world, a veterinary assistant – the degree offered by vocational high schools – is like a certified nurse’s assistant. The veterinary technician is akin to a registered nurse for pets. The Veterinary Technician degree and certification testing eligibility are only available at the college level. The MWCC Veterinary Technician program is a competitive alternative to two-year programs offered at other colleges. The programs are both accredited by the AVMA and graduates of both institutions sit for the same national exam. With full-time tuition at a private colleges around $18,000 per semester – the Mount is the economical choice.
Learn How to Give the Best Veterinary Care
The MWCC Vet Tech program will include classes in:
- Animal Diseases
- Veterinary Radiology
- Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals
- Domestic Animal Behavior
- Veterinary Clinical Nursing Skills
- Domestic Animal Nutrition & Health
- Farm Animal Medicine
What does a Veterinary Technician do?
As a Veterinary Technician, you will have an important role in the health and well-being of all kinds of animals. Vet Techs aid veterinarians in an animal clinic with various tasks, such as:
- Performing medical tests used in the treatment and diagnosis of animal diseases
- Preparing vaccines
- Collecting blood and tissue samples
- Executing laboratory tests, such as urinalyses and blood counts
- Cleaning and sterilizing instruments and materials
- Assisting veterinarian during surgery