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Veterinary Technology Program

Veterinary Technology - FAQs

MCC Campus(es):
MCC-Maple Woods

Vet Tech Department, 816.604.3235
Email: Joan Gorman | Natalie Short

Application deadline: April 1st

How can I find out more information about the program?

The best way to find out more information is to come visit us.  Twice a month we offer a “Monarch Day” tour.  You can see our state-of-the-art facility, and get your questions answered by our coordinator or one of our program instructors.

What does the Veterinary Technology degree cost?

Good news!  The cost of the entire degree, books, and lab fees for an in-district student is approximately $11,000-$13,000. That includes the pre-requisites and general education classes that students take prior to starting the program. 

We encourage students to work 10-20 hours a week in a veterinary facility during the program.  This allows many students the opportunity to pay their way through school and graduate with no student debt. Learn more about MCC's current tuition rates and lab fees.

The Midwest Student Exchange Program can reduce the out-of-state fee if you live in Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, or Nebraska. 

How do I become a Registered Veterinary Technician?

  1.  Spend some time in a veterinary hospital observing a Registered Veterinary Technician to learn if it is the right career for you.
  2. Complete the college pre-requisites of College Zoology or Biology with a lab, Chemistry, and Composition.

When you take the pre-requisites, try to complete some of the general education courses so you will not have to take them with the harder veterinary technician courses.

  1. Apply to the veterinary technology program. (Applications are due April 1st each year)
  2. Graduate from the veterinary technology program.
  3. Pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).
  4. Pass the state board examination.
  5. Congratulations!  You are now a Veterinary Technician.

What is the difference between a Veterinary Assistant and a Veterinary Technician?

Both careers work with animals in the veterinary field.  The difference is the education level, level of responsibility, salaries, and the skills that they can legally perform.

A veterinary assistant is on-the-job trained or has completed a veterinary assistant certificate program.

A veterinary technician has a degree from an AVMA accredited veterinary technology program, passed the National Veterinary Technician Exam, and passed the state board exam.  To be called a veterinary technician, one must have a veterinary technician registration.

Are the courses offered online in the program?

Our program does not offer online courses because we want students to be successful.  Some courses are fine with online education, but not veterinary technician courses that are requiring you to perform skills with animals.

We use hands-on education with live animals to help students learn the knowledge and skills they will need.  We have found that students are more successful when they get personalized, hands-on, practical application education!

Are the courses offered at night in the program?

Our program does not offer night courses because we want students to be successful.  Past experience has showed us that students try to work full time (40 hours/week) when night classes are utilized.  Because of that reason, most students are not successful when they do not focus enough time on studying.

Should I work while attending the program?

We highly recommend that you work 10-20 hours per week in a veterinary hospital while attending the program.  By working part-time during the program, you will improve your hands-on skills and your retention of the material will be better.

Our courses are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm, or 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm.  With classes only taking ½ day and no classes on Friday, students are encouraged to work 10-20 hours per week.  If you complete all of your general education courses prior to starting the program, then you will have more time to work part-time while you are in the program. 

What student activities are available?

Our program has an active student body. You can join the Veterinary Technology Club and SCNAVTA (NAVTA Student Chapter).  Students host lunches, participate in community service, organize donation drives for area animal shelters and raise funds. Your club membership also makes you eligible for various scholarships.

Still have questions? Contact the Vet Tech Department at 816.604.3235