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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

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  • Master of Public Administration in Healthcare Policy & Ethics
  • Recognized as a Top 20 Best Online Bachelor’s Program by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.
  • Online, campus-based, and evening courses offered in 95 areas of study, including Business, Nursing, Psychology, & more.
  • Endorsed by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazine as a Military Friendly School in 2015.
  • Features small class sizes, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.
  • 88% of Regent University students receive financial aid, with $18 million awarded in institutional scholarships & aid each year.
Programs
  • Offers special tuition pricing for Veterans, Active Duty Military and spouses/qualifying dependents of all Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves.
  • Works closely with an advisory board from the medical community to ensure that their curriculum, equipment and instruction are current.
  • Allows students to complete assignments on the go with its Blackboard Learn mobile app.
  • Gives online students live student support for technical or course questions.
  • Has campus locations in Florida as well as online learning programs.
Programs
  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting Science
  • Has students attend one four-week class at a time and take their final exam before moving on to their next class.
  • Offers 24/7 online tech support, with a typical response time of 4 hours or less.
  • Has online help centers that offer assistance with writing, statistics, medical assisting, and more.
  • Provides job placement assistance to all its students and alumni.
  • Researches trends for growing fields to tailor a more effective curriculum.
Programs
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Ranked among the 2015 Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated as a Military Friendly School every year since 2012 by Victory Media.
  • Offers credit for prior learning and experience through assessment tests.
  • Provides a short term Leadership Certification program in partnership with EQUIP®.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
Programs
  • Medical Assisting A.A.S.
  • Serving students in higher education since 1941.
  • Offers diplomas and degree programs in accounting, healthcare, and business. 
  • Uses a unique inverted curriculum that enables students to take core classes in their first year.
  • Provides flexible scheduling for students with four start times per year.
  • Has 36 campus locations across the United States, as well as online courses.
  • Formed program advisory boards to ensure that all course material stays up to date.
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  • Online Doctor of Nursing Practice - Leadership Track (MSN to DNP)
  • Online Master of Science in Nursing (BSN to MSN-FNP)
  • Online Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner Track (BSN to DNP)
  • Ranked #4 among the 2015 Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated as 2015 Military Friendly School by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Student to faculty ratio of 12:1, with an average class size of 21.
  • 85% of faculty holds a doctorate or terminal degree in their field.
  • Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
Programs
  • Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • RN to Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner (RN-MSN)
  • RN to Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (RN-MSN)
  • Ranked among the Best Grad Schools for Physician Assistants in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Dedicated to delivering quality education and personalized attention to students since 1899.
  • Provides a range of campus experiences and services online including advising, tutoring, student community, and career services.
  • Offers counseling services and a 24/7 crisis hotline to students at no extra charge.
  • Gives students and alumni access to career assistants who help with resumes, cover letters, job hunting, and more.
Programs
  • BS in Health and Wellness
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
Programs
  • Doctor of Education - Nursing Education
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
  • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
Programs
  • Master of Public Health
  • Ranked among the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Ranked 8th among the Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • A private, co-ed college founded in 1821 and located in downtown Washington, D.C.
  • Its student-faculty ratio is 13:1, and 55.1% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • Has distinguished alumni including Senator Harry Reid, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and actress Courtney Cox.

More Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Madison
Associate
14,647
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. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Appleton 70 $33,970
Janesville 40 $30,120
Beloit 40 $30,120
Eau Claire 50 $28,300
Green Bay 80 $32,730
Madison 440 $35,950
Milwaukee 400 $35,780
Waukesha 400 $35,780
West Allis 400 $35,780
Oshkosh 40 $30,120
Neenah 40 $30,120
Racine 50 $25,160
Sheboygan 40 $32,520
Wausau 60 $28,790

Sources:

  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

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