Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
If you have a passion for working with plants or animals, a program in the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources cluster can prepare you for a bright future. These programs prepare students for potential careers including landscape designer, greenhouse manager, veterinary assistant, veterinary technician, and more.
Do you prefer to work outdoors? Don’t like being confined to an office?
If so, Gateway’s Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Technician Degree program is the one for you. Almost all the work is conducted outside, working with a variety of tools and machinery. And, if you choose to climb trees, you can have your very own natural “office” with a view every day.
Graduates of this program have the skills needed to properly feed, house, handle and restrain animals, and take heart and respiratory rates and temperatures. The veterinary assistant will be trained to give oral and topical medications, as well as learn veterinary office procedures including prescription filling and financial transactions. Those who earn this diploma will be able to obtain samples for and run basic veterinary lab tests, take x-rays, and prepare patients, and supplies, for surgery.
The Veterinary Technician associate degree program prepares students to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE), which they will be eligible to take upon graduation from the associate degree program. With a passing score, graduates may apply for credentials from the state of Wisconsin as a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT). Graduates are prepared to obtain patient history and perform the initial physical exam, place intravenous catheters and give injectable medications, anesthetize and monitor patients, and assist in surgery for both large and small animals.
Veterinary Sciences are high-demand programs at Gateway Technical College. Please be aware that in-district students have first priority and that there is a selection process to obtain a seat for program classes. See your program advisor for further details.