Agriculture & Veterinary Technology
Visit our state-of-the-art facilities and explore our seven well-established agricultural programs, everything from traditional dairy, agronomy and farm operations to GPS/GIS and our newest program — Agricultural Power and Equipment Technician.
- Discover employment opportunities in agriculture
- Attend industry presentations about new products and technologies
- Network with industry representatives from major agriculture companies
- Explore the trade show exhibits
- Review the agriculture training programs available at Ridgewater College
Explore Vet Tech Careers and Your Love of Animals
Veterinary Technology Info Session
Friday, December 13, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
Willmar Campus, Student Services Building, Room A240
- Information session
- Campus tour
- Department tour – see demonstrations with live animals, meet faculty and students
- Q & A session
This program often has a waiting list for students to enroll. Explore and apply early!
Agriculture plays an important role in the United States with agriculture and its related industries providing 11 percent of U.S. employment. Agricultural exports, continue to finish strong while providing necessary crops and animals around the world. In 2012, net farm income totaled $112.8 billion, about 125% higher than the previous decade.
Sources: The Economic Contribution of America’s Farmers and the Importance of Agricultural Exports, Joint Economic Committee, United States Congress and the USDA
Ridgewater College’s Role
For decades Ridgewater College has been educating our area farmers. Graduates see the benefit of their education and send their children to Ridgewater College for agricultural degrees and often continue, themselves, to be connected with Ridgewater as Farm Business Management students. Employers see the value of a Ridgewater education, by employing our agricultural students during internships and hiring them when they graduate. Our employers respond by hiring our graduates!
Ridgewater offers a variety of degrees and certificates that will get you started in a career in Agriculture. You decide the path you want to take, we will help you get there. Not sure which direction to go, we can help you determine the right fit for you.
Veterinary Technology Facts
The job outlook for Veterinary Technicians is much faster than average, with an estimated 20,400 jobs needed between 2016-2026, this is much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment is expected to continue to grow as veterinarians continue to utilize technicians to perform general care and lab work.
Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Ridgewater College’s Role
Ridgewater College has been supporting the region’s veterinary clinics for decades. Ridgewater’s high academic standards are recognized by employers who continually seek our Ridgewater College Veterinary Technology graduates.
Ridgewater’s history of excellent education in Veterinary Technology prepares graduates to be successful in their careers if you are interested in being a veterinary technician we can help you get there.