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Why Study Animal Science - Veterinary Technology?

A five-year program designed for students interested in working in the veterinary healthcare field but not becoming veterinarians, the animal science – veterinary technology major provides the necessary skills for becoming a vet tech. By spending three years at UW-River Falls for animal science and two years in the veterinary technology program at the Madison Area Technical College (or another accredited veterinary technician program), you’ll earn both a bachelor of science and associate of applied science degrees.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Apply science-based knowledge to a broad spectrum of animal species, including dogs, cats and farm animals.
  • Understand the biology, care, management and health of animals.
  • Proficiently handle and work with a variety of animals.
  • Effectively communicate about animal health and disease issues to animal owners and a variety of wider audiences.
  • Understand and apply knowledge of animal welfare and the role of animals in society.


Types of Courses

  • Ag Microbiology
  • Animal Physiology
  • Animal Science Careers
  • Biometrics
  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Domestic Animal Nutrition
  • Genetics
  • Physiology of Reproduction
  • Zoology

“My favorite course was Animal Science 100. I really enjoyed it because I got to experience working with a different animal every week in our lab. This gave me experience handling animals, which can help you decide if the program is a good fit. We got to do a lot of cool things – such as lamb ultrasounds – during our freshman year, something most students wouldn’t get until junior or senior year.”

– Olivia Remm, animal science – veterinary technology major

4-Year Plan

Potential Careers

With a degree in animal science – vet tech, you’ll be prepared for a wide variety of future roles, including:

  • Animal Control or Welfare Officer
  • Certified Veterinary Technician
  • Humane Society Employee
  • Laboratory Animal Technician
  • Nutrition or Pharmaceutical Research, Sales or Marketing
  • Veterinary Hospital Manager