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Veterinary Technology

at Ridgewater College

Program Details

  • Award: Associate in Applied Science
  • Credits: 75
  • Delivery: Face-to-face
  • WIA Certified

About this Program

The Ridgewater College Veterinary Technology program is tailored to nurture the knowledge, abilities, and lifelong learning skills required of the veterinary technician. Courses are taught by experienced veterinarians and veterinary technicians who are aware of what your future employers will expect you to know.
After completing the program coursework, the students gain on-the-job experience through an internship program at a veterinary clinic, laboratory, research facility, humane society, production animal operation, wildlife center, or zoo.
Students will benefit from:
&� State-of-the-art equipment and facilities for extensive hands-on training, including a digital X-ray facility, laser surgery equipment, and dental units
&� Simulated on-site Veterinary Clinic
&� Kennel facility with dogs, cats, small animals and exotics
&� Opportunities for hands-on experience with large animals
&� The most experienced Vet Tech faculty in the state
&� Small class sizes
&� One of the lowest tuition rates of any Veterinary Technology program in the state of Minnesota
&� A fully-accredited American Veterinary Medical Association program.
The Veterinary Technology major is academically rigorous and requires highly motivated individuals dedicated to success. Applicants are expected to spend at least one week observing or working in a veterinary clinic with a veterinary technician prior to starting the program.
IMPORTANT: Specific admission criteria are available on the Veterinary Technology web page at www.ridgewater.edu.
A veterinary technician is the combination of a nurse and a medical technologist. He/she is a highly trained paraprofessional and an integral part of the veterinary medical team. Duties include:
&� Surgery
&� Anesthesia
&� Laboratory work
&� Patient care and nursing
&� Pharmacy maintenance
&� Client education
Graduates find employment in several industries:
&� Private vet offices
&� Clinical and research labs
&� Pharmaceuticals
&� Zoological parks
&� Veterinary supply
Veterinary Technology AAS Degree, 75 credits*

*The national average for accredited veterinary technology programs is 75.3 semester credits. This program is near that national average to meet rigorous accreditation and industry standards needed by credentialed veterinary technicians.

Program Locations

  • Ridgewater College, Willmar 56201

Labor Market Information

  • College Health Specialties Teachers

  • Median wage: $74,801/year-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Above statewide average
  • Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

  • Median wage: $15.07/hour-Below the median
  • Employment outlook: Well above statewide average
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Ridgewater College
Ridgewater College
2101 15th Ave NW Willmar, MN 56201 Toll-Free: (800) 722-1151 Local: (320) 222-5200 TTY: (800) 627-3529