Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program

Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program

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All programs have been converted to a hybrid format incorporating online instruction with on-campus instruction for hands-on components.  Please contact the school for program specifics and safety guidance and protocols.

Enrollment and financial aid can be done from home. Use your time wisely and enroll today.

What is a Veterinary Technician?

A Veterinary Technician is like nurses for animals and they function as the primary support for Veterinarians in an animal hospital. Veterinary Technicians are involved in all manner of animal care within an animal hospital setting with the exception of directly performing surgery, performing diagnosis of animals and prescribing medications in the process of animal care. Veterinary Technicians participate in lab tests and sampling, taking X-rays, performing physical exams on pets prior to surgery, ensuring equipment is ready for surgical procedures, supervise and train practice personal, perform dental prophylaxes as well as many other related tasks. Veterinary Technicians are crucial to animal hospital functions and a growing profession as more and more animal hospitals launch in new locations.

According to the American Pet Products Association, pet owners are expected to spend over $99 billion on their pets this year, including animal care.1

What Career Options are Available for Veterinary Technicians?

Veterinary Technicians primarily work in animal hospitals and veterinary offices but Veterinary Technicians may also work in laboratories, boarding kennels, animal shelters, rescue leagues and pet stores. To become a Veterinary Technician, one must first pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). Once an individual has passed the VTNE, he/she will be eligible for employment in any of the previously mentioned environments and organizations.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for Veterinary Technicians is expected to increase by 19% in the United States between 2018 and 2028.2

How do I Start a Veterinary Technician Program?

The key to gaining employment as a Veterinary Technician is first you must graduate from an accredited Veterinary Technician program and then pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). Our instructors are passionate about teaching and committed to preparing each student to pass the VTNE. With a VTNE certification, you are qualified for higher-salaried jobs. In addition, our Stautzenberger College comprehensive program includes course work in general education and includes a heavy emphasis on communication skills valued by employers.

Why Choose Our College?

For over 90 years, Stautzenberger College has provided training for companies to grow and for people to advance in their respective careers. We take a streamlined approach to education. Our curricula help students develop a particular skill set and knowledge base for a career rather than receive only a general education. We train you for jobs that employers tell us are truly needed in your community.

We offer affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools. That means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention, unlike a big school. You’ll learn from highly-qualified and caring instructors, who have real-world experience in their field. Most programs have classes that are highly hands-on so you can get a feel for what you’re learning. Some programs also offer an externship off-campus at a local employer where you’ll put your skills to work.

We offer on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that could provide you with more opportunities for jobs with room for growth.

We know it's all about a job. Our career services team has done the networking for you with numerous local employers. Prior to graduation, we could help find the perfect job for you. Employers have consistently placed confidence in our graduates' abilities.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program length – 24 months

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61% of the program can be taken online (learn more)

* 1, retrieved 4/9/2020
2, retrieved 4/9/2020

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VTNE Pass Rates Brecksville Campus

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On-campus program

The vet tech program prepares graduates to perform a wide variety of medical procedures, produce diagnostic radiographs, anesthesia administration, and surgical assisting.

Healthcare curriculum for this program includes anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, microbiology, operating skills, surgical technology and surgical pharmacy. This program also includes general education courses to meet the requirements of an associate degree program including government, ethics, critical thinking, success strategies and written and oral communications. Prior to graduation, students complete an externship in a healthcare setting, providing real-world work experience.

Upon completion, you could earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and be eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).

The program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTE A).

Veterinary technologists and technicians perform medical tests under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to help diagnose the illnesses and injuries of animals. Technicians may perform laboratory tests, such as a urinalysis, and help veterinarians conduct a variety of other diagnostic tests.

Our comprehensive associate degree program also includes course work in general education and includes heavy emphasis on technical and communication skills – two skills that are most valued by employers.

Graduates can work in private clinics, laboratories, animal hospitals, boarding kennels, animal shelters, rescue leagues, and even zoos.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for Veterinary Technicians is expected to increase by 19% in the United States between 2018 and 2028.1, retrieved 4/9/2020

Brecksville, OH
Maumee, OH