Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Schools and Training Programs

Career Information for Vet Techs in Wisconsin

Veterinary technologists and technicians assist veterinarians in diagnosing the ailments of injured and ill animals. They are responsible for administering various tests and are under the direct supervision of certified veterinarians. They may also work in research facilities to ensure animals there are handled and treated humanely. They may also specialize in a single discipline like dentistry or anesthesia but mostly work with small-animal practitioners.

Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Schools

Most veterinary technicians must attend a school or program to help prepare them for the job. And while on-the-job training and experience is also important, some postsecondary schooling could increase your chances of success in the industry. Here are a few examples of Wisconsin vet tech schools that you might consider:

  • Globe University (at Appleton, Eau Claire, Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison East, Madison West, and Wausau): With 7 different campuses spanning the state of Wisconsin, Globe University's wide reaching educational opportunities have been serving the upper Midwest since 1877.
  • Madison Area Technical College: Madison Area Technical College's focus on an affordable, hands-on, and job-focused education platform serves nearly 40,000 students.
  • Milwaukee Career College: Since 2002, Milwaukee Career College has been offering education in computer applications and later medical veterinary occupations as well.

What to Expect from Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Programs

The extent of the veterinary technician program varies depending on where the program is completed. Some schools offer a two-year associate degree in veterinary technology while others are four-year programs. A veterinary technician will typically have a two-year program degree while a veterinary technologist will generally have a four-year degree. Whatever the program, a veterinary technician is required to complete a postsecondary program.

Some skills that might be cultivated in these programs could include:

  • Compassion
  • Being detail oriented
  • Manual dexterity
  • Problem-solving skills

Additionally, technologists and technicians will be trained how to observe animal behavior, provide nursing or emergency care to injured animals, bathe and groom animals, administer anesthesia to animals, collect laboratory samples, perform tests, take and develop x-rays, prepare animals for surgery, administer medications, vaccines, and treatments, etc.

Wisconsin Veterinary Technician License

Most candidates looking to become a licensed technologist or technician in Wisconsin must pass a credentialing exam. A passing score on the VTNE, or Veterinary Technician National Examination is administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards is generally required for credentials. Recertification every two years is also mandatory and requires at least 15 hours of continued education.

Technologists looking to work in a research facility can also choose to get certified by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) with the Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) certification and the Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) certification. Although neither are mandatory, certifications can demonstrate expertise to employers.

Resources for Veterinary Technicians in Wisconsin


  1. Veterinary Technologists and Technicians, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/veterinary-technologists-and-technicians.htm accessed September 17, 2016

Schools for Vet Techs in Wisconsin are listed below.

Selected Veterinary Technician Schools in Wisconsin

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School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Madison Area Technical College Madison Associate 14,647
Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac Associate 7,440

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Vet Techs

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Wisconsin. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Vet Techs

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Vet Techs relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Appleton 0 $28230 0
Green Bay 0 $31490 0
Janesville 30 $28820 0.79
Beloit 30 $28820 0.79
Eau Claire 40 $25580 0.72
Oshkosh 50 $32970 0.79
Neenah 50 $32970 0.79
Racine 50 $28410 1.01
Sheboygan 30 $31790 0.84
Wausau 60 $25580 1.27
Madison 470 $31070 1.8
Milwaukee 390 $36980 0.67
Waukesha 390 $36980 0.67
West Allis 390 $36980 0.67
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