Veterinary Technician (VET.MCC.REC)

Reciprocal Program

Oakland Community College/Macomb Community College

Health Sciences

Doctors of Veterinary Medicine are charged with the care and treatment of animals, but with the increasing demands made on their time, veterinarians have come to rely on skilled veterinary technicians to assist them in their work. As part of a professional team, veterinary technicians work under the supervision of the veterinarian in office, hospital, laboratory and zoological settings. They perform a variety of tasks, allowing the veterinarian to concentrate on diagnosis and treatment.

Duties of a veterinary technician include

  • Preparing patient, instruments and equipment for surgery,
  • Obtaining and recording information about cases,
  • Collecting specimens,
  • Performing laboratory and medical procedures,
  • Dressing wounds,
  • Exposing and developing diagnostic radiographs,
  • Keeping records,
  • Animal care and feeding.

Employment is available in private practice, medical research, humane organizations, pharmaceutical firms, good quality control and meat inspection, veterinary hospitals, zoos, pet stores and grooming parlors.

Oakland Community College and Macomb Community College have reciprocal arrangements for the Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) and the Veterinary Technician (VET) programs. These programs are not degree conferred at OCC.  They are selective programs offered at Macomb Community College (Clinton Twp.,) only. Students can complete the required specific pre-requisite courses at OCC.  If students are Oakland County Residents, they are eligible to participate in this reciprocal arrangement. This means that upon completion of the pre-requisite courses at OCC and if  accepted into the Macomb Community College’s Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) or Veterinary Technician (VET) program from MCC Selective admissions process, the student can continue with the major degree requirements set forth by MCC for the OTA, PTA or VET courses.  Student will pay OCC in-district tuition1 to Macomb Community College. Graduates of these reciprocal programs earn an associate in applied science degree from Macomb Community College.  Please visit this link for information on Macomb Community College's Selective Admissions programs:

After the required pre-requisite credit hours for the student’s chosen program are completed at Oakland Community College, the student should proceed with the application process for completion of this degree through Macomb Community College. Additionally, student should request a 'referral form' for in-district tuition opportunity from OCC, with the Southfield campus counseling/Health Care Administration Program Director. 

To Apply:

  1. Apply to Oakland Community College.
  2. Declare VET/OTA/PTA.MCC.REC as your curriculum.
  3. Complete the credit hours required for your program (OTA/PTA/VET).  Students must have all pre-requisites completed with grades posted before seeking a referral form from the Counseling at the Southfield Campus by appointment at (248) 233-2750 and approval thereafter by Reciprocal Liaison/Health Care Administration Program Director through appointment via Health Sciences secretary at (248) 233-2916.
  4. Contact the Southfield Campus of Oakland Community College before January 1st if you wish to be considered for selective admission to Macomb Community College for the following September/Fall semester.  Admissions process to Macomb is entirely student's responsibility and student must contact Macomb Community College for process related to their admissions and acceptance into their selective admissions programs.
  5. Student must seek guidance from Macomb Community College counseling regarding selective admissions process, while they take pre-requisite courses at OCC.  This is NOT a OCC degree.

For further information about preparation for the reciprocal arrangement programs, contact the Oakland Community College Health Sciences Office at Southfield Campus, (248) 233-2917 or a counselor on any OCC campus.  For further information specific to any reciprocal program contact: Macomb Community College, Health and Human Services at (586) 286-2097.

Prerequisite courses to be taken at Oakland Community College

Students must complete a minimum of 23-24 credit hours at Oakland Community College which include the following courses:

Program Plan Example - Not Available

CHE 1000Introductory Chemistry4
CIS 1050Personal Computer Productivity Tools4
ENG 1510Composition I3-4
or ENG 1510E Composition I Enhanced4
MAT 1100Elementary Algebra4
PSY 2510Introduction to Psychology3
General Education Electives3
Complete 2 - 3 credits from the following options: 42-3
Stress Management: Neuromuscular Relaxation2
Physical Well-Being in a Modern Society2
Total Credit Hours23-25

In order to participate in this reciprocal arrangement, the student must be an "in-district" (live in Oakland County) OCC student. OCC students who are not in-district students should apply directly to Macomb Community College if interested in any of the reciprocal programs.


ACCUPLACER minimum score requirement:  Reading: 70, Writing: 5, Elementary Algebra: 45


Please note there is a fee for retesting at MCC.


Student must select a minimum of 2 - 3 credit hours in the areas of art, creative writing, drama, foreign language, humanities, literature, music, philosophy, theater arts, PER 1300 or PER 1590.

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