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.
Job Outlook for Veterinary Technicians
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.
Work with Real Animals in an Externship!
You will get to complete two externships as part of your program and help real animals in an off-site animal facility of your choosing, such as:
- Large animal clinics
- Exotic animals
- Veterinary clinics
- Emergency animal medicine
- Specialty animal medicine
- Marine life
For just 9 hours a week during your externships under the supervision of a certified veterinary technician, you will receive real world experience helping animals to put your skills and knowledge into action.
Be Ready to Earn Your AMVA Certification
After you graduate from MWCC’s Veterinary Technology program, you will be ready to take the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) to become a certified Veterinary Technician under the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA)!
MWCC’s program has been accepted for accreditation by the AMVA and qualifies all students who complete the program to take the VTNE (administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards). While certification is optional for Veterinary Technicians in Massachusetts, receiving a certification can raise your potential job placement and salary!
Learn How to Give the Best Care
You will take classes in:
- Animal Diseases
- Veterinary Radiology
- Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals
- Domestic Animal Behavior
- Veterinary Clinical Nursing Skills
- Domestic Animal Nutrition & Health
- Large Animal Medicine
Duties of a Veterinary Technician
As a Veterinary Technician, you will be an important role in the health and well-being of all kinds of animals. Veterinary Technicians typically aid the veterinarian 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