Veterinary Technician Degree Online

The pet care industry is booming, as more and more households include companion animals as part of the family. Veterinary practices continue to make it their mission to provide the finest care to their patients, and part of that is the responsibility of skilled veterinarian technicians. Madison School of Healthcare’s online Veterinary Technician degree program provides in-depth instruction in the behavior, care, and treatment of animals relevant to working in a veterinary office.

Our comprehensive program is paired with 270 hours of clinical experience, allowing you to get hands-on practice in a real-world environment while taking your online courses. Madison’s vet technician program is one of the most affordable online veterinary technician programs among all veterinary technician schools. Your tuition includes everything you need to succeed – from course materials to academic support by phone, email or online to help you along every step of the way. Our veterinary technician degree program is self-paced and flexible, allowing you to enroll in one semester at a time. Upon completion of our veterinary technician program, you will graduate with your Associate of Applied Science degree.

Curriculum

Semester 1

EN110 - Achieving Academic Excellence 

This course will help students sharpen skills that will help in achieving maximum learning as they complete their degree programs. Taking this course will unlock students' undiscovered potential and will help them discover their multiple intelligences and best ways to learn. This course will also help students uncover strengths and build from them, as well as explore the areas where they might change behaviors to ensure college success.
Credit Hours: 3

C02 - Business English  

This course presents the basic principles of communication that are particularly applicable in business and industry, providing a foundation for more effective communication skills. It focuses on the proper use of English grammar in business settings.
Credit Hours: 3

SC160 - Basic Biology  

This course provides an introduction to biology through the study of basic chemical reactions, cell structure and function, biochemical pathways, the physiological processes of the human body, and the basic principles of evolution and ecology.
Credit Hours: 3

VT101 - Introduction to Veterinary Technology  

This course will provide an overview of the veterinary industry and the roles and responsibilities of the veterinary health care team members. Legal and ethical issues related to the veterinary industry will be discussed. An introduction to medical terminology, communications and professionalism in the workplace is also included.
Credit Hours: 3

VT103 - Small Animal Husbandry and Restraint  

This course will provide an overview of animal husbandry, including housing and basic animal care of companion animal species. An overview of animal behavior, methods to safely handle and restrain dogs and cats, and procedures for obtaining and recording patient vital signs cats will be presented. Students will begin documentation of competence in animal handling in the veterinary practice setting.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 2

VT110 - Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology  

This course focuses on in-depth discussions of anatomy and physiology of domestic animal species and the clinical, pathological, and surgical applications of the unique aspects of anatomy and physiology of these species. Aspects of comparative anatomy of all common domestic and companion animal species will be presented.
Credit Hours: 3

C17 - College Mathematics  

This is a comprehensive review of mathematical skills and concepts commonly used in academic and vocational applications. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, decimal notation, ratios and proportions, percents, statistics and measurement, geometry, real numbers, and algebra.
Credit Hours: 3

VT112 - Veterinary Pharmacy and Pharmacology  

The course provides detailed information regarding the storage, handling, dispensing, and disposal of medications as well as legal requirements related to use of medications. Specific information on the classes of medications used on animal species and their indications, contraindications, and side effects is included.
Credit Hours: 3

VT114 - Veterinary Practice Management  

This course provides an in-depth discussion regarding routine office procedures in the veterinary practice, including scheduling of appointments, financial transactions, and maintenance of client and patient records. Aspects of facility management, inventory control, and client communications will be presented.
Credit Hours: 3

VT116 - Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques  

This course provides detailed information to allow students to develop competence in collection of diagnostic samples for analysis, including blood, urine, and fecal specimens. Procedures for administration of enteral, parenteral and topical medications will also be presented. Routine diagnostic procedures in ophthalmology are also included. Students will document competency in performing diagnostic and therapeutic techniques as well as routine office procedures in the veterinary practice setting.
Credit Hours: 3

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Program Details

The Associate in Applied Science Veterinary Technician program is designed to provide students with the entry-level knowledge and abilities to obtain employment as a veterinary technician. The goal of the program is to produce graduates that function as exceptional members of the veterinary health care team. The program provides a strong foundation in basic sciences along with the detailed course material needed to develop the technical and critical thinking skills needed by entry-level veterinary technicians.

Your Veterinary Technician Program Includes:

  • Textbook and/or comprehensive online resources
  • Online course materials and assessments
  • Access to Academic Advisors
  • Personalized faculty feedback on all written assessments
  • Access to a Learning Resource Center and Library via Proquest
  • Ability to interact with peer students, faculty and staff via Madison’s Online Community
  • Ability to track academic progress and manage account information via the student portal
  • Opportunity to participate in our live graduation ceremony
  • Personalized Career Guidance

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If costly tuition has been keeping you from furthering your education and working towards a career as a veterinary technician, think again. Veterinary Technician Degree tuition at Madison is affordable and convenient with payment options that are easy on your wallet. Start your first lesson as soon as you enroll.

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Career Outlook

Veterinarian technicians provide an invaluable service to pet owners looking for the best care for their animal companions and highly skilled vet techs continue to be in demand. Add to this the importance of pets in the household and the increased willingness of pet owners to pursue advanced medical treatments to extend the life of their companion animals. Not only are skilled vet techs sought out by private clinics and animal hospitals, they can also find career opportunities in public health, food and animal safety, and national disease control. Career opportunities for skilled veterinary technicians are on the rise, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of veterinary technicians is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024.

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The U.S. Department of Labor estimates more than 17,900 new jobs will become available for veterinary technicians by 2024.

FAQs

What features should I look for in the Madison School of Healthcare Veterinary Technician degree program compared to other veterinary schools?

It’s important that the veterinary technician degree program you choose includes the latest information on laboratory procedures, surgical preparation, and imaging procedures. Your veterinary technician program should include lessons on terminology, anatomy, physiology, behavior, restraint, nutrition, and both large and small animal nursing procedures. A well-rounded program includes clinical experience that allows you to practice what you learn in your program.

Are these Veterinary Technician courses all online or do I get books?

The general education courses in this program include a physical textbook that is shipped to the student at the start of the course. All of the veterinary technician courses use eBooks.

Does Madison help students secure clinical experience hours?

Yes. Madison School of Healthcare can assist students in finding potential opportunities to complete this experience. Students may also choose to arrange their own clinical experience in consultation with the program’s Clinical Coordinator.

Accreditation

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) accredits Veterinary Technology Programs. Ashworth College has applied for accreditation through the AVMA CVTEA and the application has been accepted. New programs are eligible to receive initial accreditation after a CVTEA site visit. Students must have completed approximately 2/3 of the program prior to the site visit. The CVTEA is scheduled to perform an initial site visit in February of 2018.

Application for accreditation does not guarantee accreditation. All students who graduate after accreditation has been granted will be recognized as graduates of an accredited Veterinary Technology Program. For more information on the AVMA, visit www.avma.org.

State Requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. Check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

Most states require graduates to complete the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE.) The American Association of Veterinary State Boards administers the VTNE and maintains a database of requirements by state.

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Learn the skills you need to be a successful veterinary technician and take the first steps towards a rewarding career caring for animals. Call 1-800-600-6253 or enroll online today.

Career Outlook Source: (1) U.S. Pet Ownership, Community Cat and Shelter Population Estimates U.S. Pet Ownership, Community Cat and Shelter Population Estimates, The Humane Society of the United States. (2) Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Veterinary Technologists and Technicians (June 3, 2016.)