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Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technician

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 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.

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, 2018 – June 30, 2021
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 82
Three-year VTNE pass percentage 91%


Top 3 Reasons to Choose Macomb for Veterinary Technician

  1. Learn in a state-of-the-art veterinary facility
  2. Nearly 250 private and transfer scholarships, some specifically for vet tech students
  3. Above average exam pass rates lead to high employment

Veterinary Technician Courses at Macomb

  • Applied Anatomy & Physiology - Lecture & Laboratory
  • Small Animal Techniques - Lecture & Laboratory
  • Advanced 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
  • 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

Career Opportunities in Veterinary Technician

Macomb has teamed up with Burning Glass Technologies to provide you with the most up-to-date information on the careers that you will be qualified for upon successful completion of this program.

Job-posting data can give you insights about employers seeking job applicants, where those jobs are located, and the average salary being offered. Use the Career Insights Tool to see national, state or metropolitan area information.

Data are provided by Burning Glass Technologies and drawn from large area samples. Data are not drawn from Macomb Community College-specific student or program outcomes.



Career Services

Macomb’s Career Services is your bridge from education to employment. It offers a variety of free resources, including skill and interest assessments, resume building, success workshops, job placement and more.

Transfer Pathways

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 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,

Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation

The goal of the Health and Public Services Division is to prepare every student to think critically and practice competently and compassionately in rapidly changing environments. All efforts are designed to build knowledge, enhance practical skills, and promote patient and the population’s safety. Furthermore, the program is designed to foster professional integrity and ultimately improve the health outcomes and protection of patients, families, and communities across the continuum of care and practice. Students must possess certain functional abilities, essential for the delivery of safe, effective clinical care and protection of the public during clinical and internship training activities in the field. Therefore, the faculty has determined that certain technical standards are required for admission to, progression in, and graduation from the Health and Public Services (HPS) programs.

In addition to classroom learning, clinical and internship learning occurs throughout the HPS programs and involves considerations (such as patient and population safety and clinical and internship facility safety) that are not present in classroom accommodations. Applicants or students interested in HPS programs who seek accommodations prior to or immediately after enrolling in the college are highly encouraged to also request an assessment of the types of reasonable accommodations needed for the clinical and or internship components of the program.

An individual must be able to independently, with or without reasonable accommodation, meet the following technical standards of general abilities: (1) observation;
(2) communication; (3) motor skills; (4) intellectual, conceptual, and quantitative abilities; (5) essential behavioral and social attributes; and (6) ability to manage stressful situations. Individuals unable to meet these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation will not be able to complete the programs and are counseled to pursue alternative careers.

SPECIAL SERVICES STATEMENT: Students may individually discuss the essential functions and technical standards with a college counselor from our Special Services department. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disability Act of 1991, academic accommodations may be provided to students who have a documented disability.

For further information, visit Special Services.

How do I find out more about the Veterinary Technician program?

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact the Veterinary Technician program advisor: Professor Marianne Tear, at or 586.286.2231.

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