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Veterinary Technician Program

I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and service for animals, by alleviating animal suffering and by promoting public health.
- From the Veterinary Technicians’ Oath

What is a Veterinary Technician?

A Veterinary Technician is often the first in line to examine an animal and discuss their medical needs with their owner. Working under the direction of a licensed veterinarian, Veterinary Technicians also provide nursing care and emergency first aid to ill, injured or recovering animals.  They perform lab tests, take and develop x-rays, administer medicine and other treatments, monitor and record progress, and provide information on animal care and nutrition to owners.    

The Veterinary Technician Program at Macomb

In Macomb’s Veterinary Technician Program, you will be introduced to the techniques and procedures used in veterinary practices to care for animals both small and large. You will learn about animal handling and restraint, conducting examinations, collecting and analyzing specimens, assisting in surgeries, administering anesthesia and pre- and post-operative care. You will also have the opportunity to work alongside program alumni and faculty in several service learning projects, including the Kitten Raising Program, the Festival of the Senses Dog Parade and the People, Pets, and Vets event cohosted each year with the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association.  As a student in the program, you will be invited to join Macomb’s Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.

Veterinary Technician Courses at Macomb

In Macomb’s Veterinary Technician Program, you will take a variety of courses specific to your selected major, including:

  • Applied Anatomy & Physiology - Lecture & Laboratory
  • Small Animal Techniques - Lecture & Laboratory
  • Advance Small Animal Techniques - Laboratory
  • Veterinary Practice & Communications
  • Animal Health Careers
  • Veterinary Anesthesia - Lecture & Laboratory
  • Assisting in Veterinary Surgery - Lecture & Laboratory
  • Clinical Pathology 1 & 2– Lecture and Laboratory
  • Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians
  • Veterinary Technician Internship 1 & 2
  • Large Animal Techniques – Lecture & Laboratory
  • Small Animal Diseases
  • Laboratory & Exotic Animal Techniques – Lecture & Laboratory 
  • Advanced Laboratory & Exotic Animal Techniques – Laboratory
  • Radiology for Veterinary Technicians – Lecture & Laboratory
  • Large Animal Diseases
  • Veterinary Technician Capstone

Career Opportunities with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technician

With an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technician, you will be qualified for positions that include veterinary technician or veterinary technologist.      

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor of Science Degree

The credits earned in Macomb’s Veterinary Technician Program will transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.


The Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technician Program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173, 800.248.2862,  The Veterinary Technician program’s teaching hospital is also accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), 12575 W. Bayaud Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80228. AAHA's phone number is 303.986.2800,

Macomb Community College Veterinary Technician Program’s VTNE Pass Rate Information

Graduates of Macomb Community College’s Veterinary Technician Program have consistently exceeded the national average on the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). Their average scores are 15-20% higher than the national average with an average pass rate of 90% or greater.

We are committed to providing quality education and maintaining high standards for our students.

July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2017
Number of first-time candidates that took the VTNE 96
Number of eligible first time candidates 91
Three Year Pass Rate for VTNE based on a July 1 to June 30 reporting year 94.75%

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Veterinary Technician Program?

For more information, contact the Veterinary Technician Program advisor: Professor Lori Renda-Francis, at or 586.286.2096.