Veterinary  Technician

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.​

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.

  • Earn college-level credit along with gaining work experience valuable to your future career in this area.

  • Plan on release time from school during the 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.)


“I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of the Youth Apprenticeship Program. It has given me the opportunity to participate in many things that many students do not get to experience in a classroom. The hands-on experiences with veterinary technicians and veterinarians have taught me so much about the field of veterinary science. Each and every day I have learned something new like proper surgery sanitation, proper handling of different animals, how to interact with clients, and much much more. By obtaining this knowledge early on in my education, I now have a head start in many of my animal science classes I plan on taking at the UW Platteville.“

Emma Skrepenski, Class of 2019, Sun Prairie

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Frequently asked questions


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.

Entrance Criteria

  • Entering junior or senior status
  • Display a genuine interest in the Veterinary Technician Pathway
  • Have previously enrolled in introductory pathway-specific courses
  • Register for concurrent related courses
  • 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


Students involved in the Veterinary Technician Youth Apprenticeship will take agriculture classes related to small/large animals at their high schools during their Junior Year. Seniors will take the DCSC Veterinary Technician YAP course offered in conjunction with UW-Madison Veterinary Technician Flyer.