Dane County School Consortium

Preparing Students For College & Careers

A Leader in Youth Apprenticeship Programs

— Veterinary Technician Assistant

6. Alexis Week McFarland

Choosing a career as a veterinary technician means caring for all kinds of creatures, from poodles to platypuses. By combining your love of animals with what you do for a living, you not only have a positive impact on the lives of animals, you enrich the quality of your own life as well.

  • Earn college level credit along with gaining work experience valuable to your future career in this area.
  • Plan on release time from school during second semester to go on the job site.
  • Receive the state certificate students when you complete 450 hours of work based learning. (The classroom training does not count toward these hours.)

According to the US Department of Labor the demand for Veterinary Technicians is expected to grow 36% over the next several years, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

Veterinary Technician Brochure


This Youth Apprenticeship occupational area focuses on having Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) YA students acquire basic skills pertinent to understanding and working with animals in the first year along with the core employability and safety skills. Students will acquire basic concepts needed to maintain and support animal care.

The second year allows AFNR students to develop skills in the specific specializations dependent on their worksite placement and area of interest. In the Animal Pathway, YA students choose to focus on large animals or herd/ranch animal care, while others may choose to work with small lab or companion animals.

  • Entering junior or senior status
  • Display a genuine interest in the Veterinary Technician Pathway
  • Submit a completed application along with references
  • Interview effectively and get hired
  • Maintain a high level of attendance
  • Secure transportation to the job
  • On-track for high school graduation

Student involved in the Veterinary Technician Youth Apprenticeship will take agriculture classes related to small/large animals at their high schools.

Two courses are offered at Madison Area Technical College during the senior year.  Veterinary Technician Occupational Prep and Veterinary Technician Medical Terminology require the following for entrance;

  • 1-year of Biology, Chemistry and Algebra with a grade of C and the following Compass scores….
  • Reading 80
  • Writing 69
  • EWrite 6
  • Algebra 40

Veterinary Technician Flyer