Associate and Applied Science • 78 Credit Hours
The mission of the Mountwest Community and Technical College of Veterinary Technology is to provide our students a progressive and technical education to ensure the successful entrance into the veterinary workplace.
Veterinary Technology Application Packet 2023
Veterinary technicians are an integral part of veterinary medicine and they work under the supervision of veterinarians. Technicians are considered to have the same role as nurses would to general doctors and surgeons.
Vet techs are employed to assist in many veterinary tasks. Most veterinarians consider their technicians to have the same role as nurses would to general doctors and surgeons. They must be knowledgeable in many areas of veterinary care including anesthesia, surgery, bandaging, radiology, pharmacology, dentistry, nutrition, laboratory procedures, and animal care and handling. They are also required to communicate with clients and must possess office and management skills.
Mountwest provides small class sizes with hands-on animal experiences with a multitude of species, including: small animals, large animals, and exotics.
Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) Pass Rates
July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022
2020 Median Pay
$36,260 per year
Number of Jobs
114,400 in 2020
Faster than average employment.
For the most current salary information, please refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Occupational Outlook Handbook” found online at bls.gov/ooh/.
The college adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission. Applicants with neither a high school diploma nor GED may be admitted on a conditional basis.
Program Specific Accreditation:
American Veterinary Medical Association
1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4361
We are always pushing to improve our Veterinary Technology program at MCTC.
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Employment of veterinary technologists and technicians is projected to grow 15 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.
About 10,400 openings for veterinary technologists and technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
Overall job opportunities for veterinary technologists and technicians are expected to be good due to the projected growth in the number of jobs, as well as the commitment required to enter the occupation (obtaining a degree and passing a credentialing exam).