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.
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
- Cell & Molecular Biology
- Domestic Animal Nutrition
- Physiology of Reproduction
“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
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