Veterinary Technician, Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Program Description for Veterinary Technician

New technologies in anesthesia, laboratory equipment, diagnostic testing, and medical treatment have vastly improved animal care. To prepare for these responsibilities, the vet tech program at MCC is designed to meet the AAS degree requirements for individuals who wish to enter the job market with the skills to perform a variety of functions.

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Courses are taught by experienced veterinary technicians and veterinarians who are keenly aware of the expectations of future employees. This program is designed to be a two year AAS degree.

The Veterinary Technology Team

Animal owners expect first class medical care for their companion animals and livestock. This care is provided by a team of individuals led by the veterinarian who diagnoses illness, performs surgery, and prescribes medication for his/her animal patients. The veterinarian turns to the veterinary technician to provide technical support for all aspects of animal care. Assistants, receptionists, and kennel attendants round out the health care team.

Award Options for Veterinary Technician

  • Associate in Applied Science - Veterinary Technology

Job Outlook for Veterinary Technician

Employment of veterinary technologists and technicians is expected to grow 36 percent over the 2008-18 projection period, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

Median annual wages of credentialed veterinary technologists and technicians were $32,490 or $15.62/hr according to US Bureau of Labor Statistics - May, 2016.  The job outlook from 2014-2024 is an increase need of 19% which is much faster than the average of 7% for all occupations.

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Career Options for Veterinary Technician

A majority of veterinary technicians are employed in private practice, particularly companion animal practice. However, the demand for technicians in other areas is rapidly expanding.

Opportunities that exist for graduate veterinary technicians include:

  • specialty practice
  • zoos and wildlife facilities
  • hospital management
  • veterinary supply sales
  • biomedical facilities
  • military service
  • veterinary colleges/universities
  • industry
  • drug/feed manufacturing companies
  • food safety inspection
  • humane societies & animal control facilities
  • diagnostic laboratories


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Locations: Muscatine Community College

The Muscatine Community College Veterinary Technician Program is fully accredited by the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities

The Veterinary Technician Oath

I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and services for animals, by alleviating animal suffering, and by promoting public health.

I accept my obligations to practice my profession conscientiously and with sensitivity, adhering to the profession’s Code of Ethics, and furthering my knowledge and competence through a commitment to lifelong learning.


3 year Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) Pass Rate: 
2015 - 2018 Pass Rate is 61.3%


July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018

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