Veterinary Technician

Turn your love of animals into a rewarding career!

Veterinary technicians are kind-hearted professionals committed to animal healthcare. As part of a team, they are entrusted with animal care, lab diagnostics, anesthesia, surgical assistance, dentistry, radiology and more.

If you want a career with meaning where you can make a positive impact on the lives of animals and the people who love them, then being a veterinary technician may be a perfect job for you.

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).Our program prepares you to perform the nursing and technical duties used in clinical practice and research on small, large and laboratory animals. Housed in a state-of-the-art facility, our outstanding program has many advantages:

  • Full accreditation by the AVMA since 1975
  • Hands-on involvement with 12 different animal species. Working with live animals makes the learning experience fun and effective.
  • Dogs, cats, horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, mice, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits and chickens
  • Instructors with real-world experience
  • Classes four days a week encourages employment at a veterinary facility. Earning while you are learning helps keep your student debt low, improves your knowledge retention and improves your hands-on skills.
  • High pass rate on the national board exam.
  • Affordable tuition, and A+ funds are accepted.

We'll give you every advantage to become a highly skilled veterinary technician. Earn your degree and be on your way to a great career!


American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Application information

Follow these directions to start your career path

Step 1

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Apply to MCC

Apply to Metropolitan Community College


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Submit official transcripts

Send Official College and University Transcripts to Metropolitan Community College Data Center

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Prepare to apply to the vet tech program

Prior to applying to the veterinary technology Program, please complete the following

  • Complete the following prerequisite courses before applying:
    • BIOL 106 General Zoology (or BIOL 101 General Biology)
    • ENGL 101 Composition and Reading I
    • CHEM 105 Introductory Chemistry (or CHEM 111 General College Chemistry I)
  • It is recommended that you complete or be enrolled in the following general education courses as you are applying:
    • ANHS 130 Veterinary Terminology
    • BIOL 208 Microbiology
    • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Speech (or COMM 103 Interpersonal Communications)
    • History or Political Science Course (choose from the following MCC courses HIST 120, HIST 121, POLS 136)
  • Complete (7) hours of observation of a registered veterinary technician in a veterinary hospital (or be employed in a veterinary hospital). You will be asked for a contact person from your observation experience or veterinary hospital employment to complete an evaluation when you apply to the program.
  • Create a resume including your work experience, high school that you attended, colleges/universities that you attended, awards and honors that you have received, and any animal experience that you may have. You will submit your resume when you apply to the program.
  • Create a typed 200-300 word essay describing how attending the MCC-Maple Woods veterinary technology program will help you achieve your career goals. You will submit your essay when you apply to the program.
  • Have a 2.5 college GPA
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Apply to the vet tech program

After completing steps 1 through 3, apply to the program by using the following application:

Download the Veterinary Technician Application

Applications are due April 1 each year. The top fifty (50) applicants will be invited to interview with the selection committee before the end of April. Interviews will be conducted in May.


Rabies vaccination requirement

Rabies vaccination is required for all MCC-Maple Woods Veterinary Technology students. Students must provide documentation of immunization by the start of the program to be compliant with AVMA accreditation standards.

View the CDC recommendation for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

Approximate cost

Each vaccination is $300 to $400 per dose, resulting in an overall cost of $600 to $800 for the 2-dose series

Where to get the vaccine:

  • Verify coverage with your health insurance company.
    • Emphasize the following
      • You are entering a high risk profession
      • This is considered preventative care
    • If necessary, a letter to your insurance company justifying the need for pre-exposure rabies immunization can be provided.
  • Consult with primary care physician on availability of vaccine
  • If working in a veterinary facility, ask your employer if they offer an allowance for vaccination
  • Places that may carry the vaccine
  • Sanofi Pasteur offers a patient assistance program for eligible students

Career and salary information

Visit the MoSCORES website for information on MCC's programs, including length, credit hours, and wage and employment data. Search Metropolitan Community College. Note: The historical data listed is informational and can vary based on the number of credit hours students earn, local wage conditions and other factors.

Transfer made simple

Many MCC students plan to transfer. Whatever your transfer destination, we'll work to make sure your credits move easily. That's why we're experts at it.

We've worked out specific transfer agreements with many four-year colleges and universities, so make sure you speak with an academic advisor before enrolling, particularly since transfer agreements can change based on curriculum revisions.

Learn more about MCC's seamless transfer

Veterinary Technician 2+2 transfer agreements


MCC provides plenty of sources to fund your education, including federal aid, loans, state aid, veterans benefits and more. For information, contact the MCC-Maple Woods financial aid office at 816.604.1000. Apply for financial aid 6-10 months prior to enrollment. MCC scholarship application deadline for the fall semester is April 1.

Veterinary Technician Scholarships

Frequently Asked Questions

Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) results

Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) results for MCC- Maple Woods veterinary technology graduates.

  July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021
Total number of graduates taking the VTNE for the first-time. 75
Three year pass rate average for the first-time VTNE test takers. 96%

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