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Top Veterinary Technician Schools in the U.S.

Veterinary technicians (techs) are professionals who assist veterinarians in treating and caring for animals, much like a nurse would assist a doctor. A 2-year associate's degree is the most common requirement for an entry-level vet tech job, but some of the top ranked schools discussed below also offer 4-year bachelor's degree programs. All of the following programs are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

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Best U.S. Schools for Veterinary Technician Programs

1. Michigan State University in East Lansing

Michigan State University (MSU) is one of only about 20 4-year schools to offer an AVMA-accredited veterinary technician program. In 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked MSU 71st among the best national universities, making it the highest-ranked school to offer a veterinary technician program. The College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU offers a Certificate of Completion in Veterinary Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology. An associate's degree option is also available in conjunction with Lansing Community College.

Contact Information

  • Address: East Lansing, MI 48824
  • Phone Number: (517) 355-1855

2. University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Ranked 96th among the best colleges in 2010, the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL) is the second-highest ranked national school to offer a veterinary technician program. The School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UNL offers a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology. This undergraduate program is designed for students who have already earned an associate's degree in veterinary technology from an AVMA-accredited school. In two years, students can complete the B.S. requirements at UNL and earn a bachelor's degree.

Contact Information

  • Address: 14th and R St., Lincoln, Nebraska 68588
  • Phone Number: (402) 472-7211

List of Good U.S. Veterinary Technician Schools

College/University Name Student Population Address Phone Number
Miami Dade College57,222300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, Florida 331322(305) 237-8888
Michigan State University46,510East Lansing, Michigan 48824(516) 355-1855
Purdue University - Main Campus41,433Hovde Hall of Administration, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907(765) 494-4600
University of Nebraska - Lincoln23,57314th and R St., Lincoln, Nebraska 68588(402) 472-7211
North Dakota State University13,2301301 12th Ave. N., Fargo, North Dakota 58108(701) 231-8011
Mercy College9,043555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, New York 10522(800) 637-2969
Quinnipiac University7,413Mt Carmel Ave., Hamden, Connecticut 06518(203) 582-8200
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