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Campus:MCC-Maple Woods
Contact:Vet Tech Department, 816.604.3235
Application deadline: March 15th

How do I become a Registered Veterinary Technician?

There are several steps to becoming a registered vet tech. For details, take a look at the ten steps to becoming a registered veterinary technician.

Do all states require a license?

Most states require that any person practicing as a veterinary technician must be licensed or registered with the state. Upon completion of all required courses from an AVMA accredited school, a person is eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and individual state examinations. Persons achieving passing scores on these exams can apply for state licensure. Licensing regulations vary between states.

What does the program cost?

See for current tuition rates and lab fees.

If you are a resident of Johnson County, Kansas, you can get in-district rates for our program through our agreement with Johnson County Community College. If you live Kansas outside or Johnson County or in Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska, check out the Midwest Student Exchange Program. You may be allowed to enroll for 150% of the in-district rate.

In addition to tuition costs, there is a laboratory fee that will average $50/semester (fall and spring) to help cover the costs of lab supplies. Other science courses at MCC, such as chemistry and biology, may also have a lab fee. Books for the two-year program will average $350 per semester.

You may also need to purchase some equipment (label with your name or other identification), such as this:

  • Watch with a second hand
  • Calculator
  • Bandage scissors
  • Scrubs
  • Large animal coveralls
  • Waterproof boots for kennel and large animal care
Will I have opportunities to work with animals outside class?

You will have responsibilities for animal care outside regular classroom hours - up to 40 hours each semester, which may include cleaning kennels or pens, bathing or grooming animals, feeding, exercising dogs and giving medications.

What student activities are available?

Our program has an active student body. You can join the Veterinary Technology Club and SCNAVTA (NAVTA Student Chapter). Students host lunches, participate in community service, organize donation drives for area animal shelters and raise funds. Your club membership also makes you eligible for various scholarships.

What are vet tech specialties?

When you become a registered vet tech, you can expand your skills into a specific area of veterinary medicine. You can specialize in anesthesiology, dentistry or emergency and critical care through NAVTA, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. See for details.

Last Modified: 2/17/14