Top Veterinary Technician Schools in the U.S.

Veterinary technician (tech) programs are offered at a small number of colleges and universities in the U.S. A 2-year associate's degree is the most common program offering, but some schools also offer 4-year bachelor's degree programs. Find out about the rankings and program offerings of the top schools for studying this field.

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School Overviews

Michigan State University (MSU) and the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL) are two nationally-ranked institutions with opportunities to study veterinary technology. Each school has a bachelor's degree offering in the field. MSU also has certificate and associate's degree programs in veterinary technology. To learn more, continue reading.

Best U.S. Schools for Veterinary Technician Programs

1. Michigan State University in East Lansing

MSU is one of only about 20 4-year schools to offer a veterinary technician program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). 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 (BS) in Veterinary Technology.

2. University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Ranked 96th among the best colleges in 2010, 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 BS 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 BS requirements at UNL and earn a bachelor's degree.

List of Good U.S. Veterinary Technician Schools

College/University Name Distinction Location
Mercy College BS in Veterinary Technology program's students can pursue an externship at veterinary health facilities and zoos; program is accredited by the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) Dobbs Ferry, NY
Miami Dade College Associate of Science (AS) program in veterinary technology takes six semesters of full-time study to complete with classes held in the day, evening and some weekends Miami, FL
Michigan State University University has an associate's degree option in veterinary technology in conjunction with Lansing Community College, in addition to its certificate and bachelor's degree offerings East Lansing, MI
North Dakota State University Students in the BS program in veterinary technology have access to facilities including the Veterinary Wellness Clinic and a surgery suite; program is accredited by the AVMA CVTEA Fargo, ND
Purdue University - Main Campus Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and BS programs in veterinary technology are accredited by the AVMA; AAS program may be taken through distance learning West Lafayette, IN
University of Nebraska - Lincoln Veterinary technology students have access to hands-on experiences at zoos, aquariums and sanctuaries through the university's Safari Club Lincoln, NE
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    Areas of study you may find at Michigan State University include:
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