Vet Tech Schools in Minnesota

There are no statutory licensing or certification programs for vet techs in the state of Minnesota.  However the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), which represents vets in Minnesota, is working to amend the relevant state legislation and in the interim has set out its own non statutory system of registration.  Most people wanting to pursue a career as a vet tech in Minnesota arrange to achieve national certification from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB).

To get a certificate from the AAVSB prospective vet techs must undertake and graduate from an approved 2 year veterinary technology degree.  Once students have completed this course they are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).

Once students have successfully passed the VTNE, they are deemed to be “certified” through the AAVSB, and can use that certification anywhere in the US, including Minnesota.

To take the VTNE exam in Minnesota students must apply directly to the AAVSB to register for the exam.  Once the student passes the VTNE the MVMA issues a certificate of registration.  Vet tech degree courses in Minnesota have to be accredited by the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA).  There are 13 campuses in Minnesota where an approved vet tech degree course is provided, with one school of business running 9 of them.

 Globe University / Minnesota School of Business

Globe University is linked to the Minnesota School of Business and between them they run veterinary technology programs in 9 campuses in Minnesota.  Globe University was founded in 1885 and the Minnesota School was founded in 1877.  Globe has campuses in South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

All 9 of the Globe University/Minnesota School of Business campuses provide both a two year Associate Degree course in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology and a 4 year Bachelor of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology Management.

In the Associate degree, in addition to learning theoretical subjects such as biology, chemistry, mathematics, anatomy and physiology, practical study will take place in such topics as animal nursing care, anesthesiology, dentistry, drawing blood and other lab work.  The course will also include an externship with a licensed vet so as to develop hands-on skills.

A Bachelor’s degree will include all that is covered in an Associate degree but will also cover more advanced topics such as: advanced anesthesia and dentistry, emergency and critical care, small animal behavior, equine care, laboratory animal management and integrative medicine.  In addition training will cover office procedures including the use of veterinary software, and business management.

Details of the 9 Globe University Minnesota School of Business vet tech colleges in Minnesota are as follows:

Globe University
Veterinary Technology
8089 Globe Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
651-714-7360 or 800-231-0660
Minnesota School of Business  –  Blaine
Veterinary Technology Program
3680 Pheasant Ridge Dr. NE
Blaine, Minnesota 55449
Minnesota School of Business      -    Elk River
Veterinary Technology Program
11500 193rd Ave
Elk River, MN 55330


Minnesota School of Business – Lakeville
Veterinary Technology Program
17685 Juniper Path
Lakeville, MN 55044
Minnesota School of Business – Moorhead
Veterinary Technology Program
2777 34th Street South
Moorhead, MN 56560
Minnesota School of Business – Plymouth
Veterinary Technology Program
1455 County Road 101 North
Plymouth, MN 55447


Minnesota School of Business – Rochester
Veterinary Technology Program
2521 Pennington Dr. NW
Rochester, MN 55901
Minnesota School of Business – St. Cloud
Veterinary Technology Program
1201 2nd Street South
Waite Park, MN 56387
Minnesota School of Business – Shakopee
Veterinary Technology Program
1200 Shakopee Town Square
Shakopee, MN 55379


Argosy University

Argosy University offers a two year Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology.

The course includes the following subjects:

  • Animal Care Comparative Anatomy
  • Veterinary Laboratory Procedures
  • Veterinary Diseases
  • Parasitology
  • Veterinary Hematology
  • Veterinary Pharmacology
  • Small Animal Medicine
  • Large Animal Medicine (lab meets on Thursday afternoons only) (3)
  • Microbiology
  • Veterinary Imaging
  • Exotic Animals

In addition an externship is organized.

Argosy University
Twin Cities
Veterinary Technician Program
1515 Central Parkway
Eagan, MN 55121

Duluth Business University

Duluth Business University offers a two year Associate degree in Applied Science – Veterinary Technology.  The AVMA accredited it in 2004.

Duluth Business University
Veterinary Technology Program
4724 Mike Colalillo Dr.
Duluth, MN 55807

Ridgewater College

Ridgewater College offers a two year course Associate degree in Veterinary Technology.  It was accredited by the AVMA in 1993.

Ridgewater College
Veterinary Technology Dept.
2101 15th Ave., NW
Willmar, MN 56201

Rochester Community and Technical College

Rochester Community and Technical College offers a two year Associate Degree in Applied Science.  It was accredited by the AVMA in 2005.

It sums up its curriculum as follows:

“The degree consists of 18 credits of general education and 54 credits of veterinary technology core courses. Some of these core courses include: animal husbandry, veterinary surgical nursing, animal nursing, clinical labs, animal nutrition, pharmacology, pathology, comparative vet anatomy and physiology, applied diagnostic imaging and field experience.”

Rochester Community and Technical College
Animal Health Technology Program
851 30th Avenue SE
Rochester, MN 55904-4999

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