Veterinary Technology

Friday, February 24 - Info Session - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Friday, March 17 - Vet Tech Open House - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Willmar Campus Room A240 - Park in the visitor lot and enter into the Student Center.

This is a program that often has a waiting list for students to get in, so explore and apply early!

To Register
(320) 222-5971 or (800) 722-1151

  • 95% Placement rate
  • ONE focused degree
  • STATE-OF-THE-ART equipment and facilities, including a digital X-ray facility, laser surgery equipment, and dental units
  • Fully equipped SURGERY facility
  • Simulated ON-SITE veterinary clinic
  • LIVE animals on campus - dogs, cats, small animals and exotics
  • HANDS-ON experience with LARGE animals
  • Small class sizes - 8:1 STUDENT:STAFF RATIO in labs
  • TWO faculty veterinarians
  • SEVEN faculty vet technicians
  • LOW tuition rate
  • FULL accreditation since 1993
  • Intro class available ON-LINE
  • PROGRAM specific scholarships

The Veterinary Technology major is academically rigorous and requires highly motivated individuals dedicated to success. Applicants are expected to spend at least one week observing or working in a veterinary clinic with a veterinary technician prior to starting the program.

Tailored to nurture the knowledge, abilities, and lifelong learning skills required of the veterinary technician. Courses are taught by experienced veterinarians and veterinary technicians who are aware of what your future employers will expect you to know.

We want the best and brightest! Ridgewater's Veterinary Technology program is academically rigorous, and it takes a highly motivated individual to succeed. Students must have better than average ability to master a sizeable course load of scientific and medical material in a relatively short time.

A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary for acceptance into Ridgewater College. Admission criteria will require a student to have:​

​* 1 year of High School Biology and Chemistry with a C grade or above AND


  • Reading 78  or take English 98 and receive a PASS
  • Math56 on Elementary Algebra portion of test or take Math 97 or Math 99 with a C grade or higher

*Students who have already graduated from High School may complete one semester of approved college level Biology and Chemistry with a C grade or above.

Students who have taken college level coursework – contact the Admissions Office.

Applicants not meeting thes​e specific requirements are encouraged to talk to a Ridgewater academic advisor. 

In addition to these requirements, it is an expectation of the College that students will spend at least one week in a veterinary environment observing a veterinary technician.

*Please Note* Vet Tech begins each Fall Semester and is not eligible for Spring Semester starts


Veterinary Technology A.A.S. Degree
75 Credits


Veterinary Technology A.A.S. Degree
75 Credits

A veterinary technician is the combination of a nurse and a medical technologist. He/she is a highly trained paraprofessional and an integral part of the veterinary medical team. Technologists and technicians work under the supervision of veterinarians. They perform a number of services for patients but do not diagnose, prescribe, or perform surgery.

Duties Include:

  • Assisting surgery
  • Anesthesia
  • Laboratory work
  • Patient care and nursing
  • Pharmacy maintenance
  • Client education

Graduates Find Work In:

  • Private Veterinary Clinics
  • Clinical and Research Labs
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Zoological Parks
  • Veterinary Supply
  • And more

Students will experience our state-of-the-art equipment and new facilities:

  • Fully equipped surgical facility with heated surgery table, surgical laser unit, and dental lab
  • Fully equipped x-ray facility with stationary, portable, dental, digital x-ray units and ultrasound as well as manual and automatic processors
  • Fully equipped laboratory technology lab complete with 16 microscope stations, an automated blood cell counter, blood enzyme analyzers, and multiple centrifuges
  • Modern animal facilities including a dog kennel, 3 catteries, exotic animal housing, and canine enrichment area (dog park)
  • A simulated on-site veterinary clinic complete with reception, examination, pharmacy, and laboratory rooms
  • All classrooms and labs are "smart classrooms" featuring a computer, video, audio, projection systems and smart board technology

Veterinary Technical National Examination (VTNE) and Job Placement

November 15, 2013 - August 15, 2016

Number of eligible first-time candidates* 136
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 113
Three-year VTNE pass percentage 61.9%
* Minnesota does not require certification for veterinary technicians.  

Animal Adoptions at Ridgewater College

Each semester, our department obtains at least 12 dogs and 12 cats from local humane societies and animals shelters. As a USDA regulated educational facility, we are unable to take in any animals from other sources. These animals become part of our program animal family.
Throughout the semester, they receive preventive veterinary care which includes but is not limited to the following: heartworm tests, FeLV/FIV tests, vaccinations, internal and external parasite control, and spaying and neutering. Many of the animals we take in have special, treatable, medical needs that will be managed by our veterinary medical team and students. These animals provide a crucial educational experience for our students. 
During each semester, our avian, exotics, and lab animal medicine course turns our department into a real zoo. Guinea pigs, mice, rabbits, rats, birds, reptiles, and more join our program.
When the animals have received all of their preventive veterinary care they are placed up for adoption. If interested in adopting a forever fur-kid for your family, see our available animals at

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Ridgewater's Veterinary Technology Program is Accredited by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activitie

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has granted Ridgewater College's Veterinary Technology program FULL accreditation.

The program has been on FULL accreditation since 1993.​