If you like helping animals and have an aptitude for science, you may enjoy a career in the fast-growing veterinary field. To work as a certified veterinary technician in Minnesota, you must complete a program accredited by the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, pass a national licensing exam and apply for certification. MVMA-certified programs are available throughout Minnesota. Tuition varies significantly depending on the type of school and length of study.

Rochester Community and Technical College

Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester offers a fully accredited, two-year veterinary technician program that leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree. The program requires 18 general education credits and 54 core credits. Examples of core courses include diagnostic imaging, surgical nursing techniques, anatomy and physiology, office and laboratory procedures and animal care. Field experience in a veterinary setting is required in the first and second years.

Ridgewater College

Students in the fully accredited veterinary technology program at Ridgewater College in Willmar complete 18 general education credits and 57 core credits. Core requirements include veterinary courses in topics such as nursing procedures, laboratory techniques, office skills, radiography, anatomy and physiology and kennel management. The two-year program includes a 12-week internship at a zoo, veterinary facility or animal laboratory. Graduates receive an Associate in Applied Science degree.

Globe University Minnesota School of Business

Globe University Minnesota School of Business offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology that can be completed in 39 months. Fully accredited vet tech programs are available on the Globe campuses in Woodbury, Blaine, Plymouth, Shakopee and St. Cloud, as noted on the MVMA website in January 2014. Students pursuing an associate degree study subjects including anatomy, physiology, surgical assisting and animal care. The bachelor’s degree includes similar course requirements plus business classes.

Argosy University

Argosy University in Eagan offers a fully accredited, 69-credit veterinary technology program that can be completed in 21 months of full-time study, according to the Argosy website. To earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology, students complete 21 credits of general education and 48 credits of courses related to their specialization. The curriculum stresses communication, critical thinking, nursing and technical skills.

Duluth Business College

Students seeking an Associate in Applied Science degree in veterinary technology from Duluth Business College take 30 quarter credits of general electives and 76 quarter credits in the major. Core courses cover veterinary subjects such as office and lab procedures, anatomy and physiology, nursing and surgical techniques. Students must also complete eight quarter credits of veterinary clinical training. The program is fully accredited.