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My Vet Tech Training

Updated on November 4, 2016

Vet Tech Explanation

I'm making this page about my Vet Tech Training because someone suggested it might make for interesting reading.

For those of you who don't know what a Vet Tech is, I'll explain. Basically, it's being an animal nurse. A Vet Tech does everything from being an Office Manager, to a Surgery Assistant, to a receptionist. We also field calls to and from the doctor, and deal with salesmen. It's not a career you'll ever be rich at, but if you love animals, it's a great choice.


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Certified VS Non-Certified

There are two types of Vet Techs. One is Certified, the other is not. To become certified, you have to take and pass a test with at least 70%. You can still get a job if you're not certified, but if you are, you are worth more money. Once you become certified, you need to attend seminars and classes to keep your certification.

I don't know about anywhere else, but in Minnesota, the test is given twice a year, and you pay $150 to take it. They change the test every time. Rumor has it, that the Certification Test here is harder than anywhere else. If you pass the test here, you're good to go anywhere.

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How And Why I Chose This Profession

I chose to become a Vet Tech because I was working in a retail store that closed. I was given the option of going to school on someone else's dime, so I took it. I figured I had the love of animals, and the intelligence to go to school, so I went for it. Keep in mind, I was almost 40 at the time.

After the decision was made, I had to choose a school. There are only two schools in Minnesota that are considered accredited by the Minnesota Veterinary Technicians Association. They are Globe College and Argosy University. Globe College was cheaper, so I chose that one. It was also easier to get to. I was actually among the first classes from that school after it had been given accreditation.

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The Training Itself

Here's a partial list of the classes you are required to take in order to become a Veterinary Technician.

1. Introduction To Veterinary Technology, 2. Animal Anatomy And Disease,3. Veterinary Pharmacology,4. Immunology,5. Imaging, 6. Anesthesiology,7. Parasitology,8. Lab Animals, Exotics, And Pocket Pets,9. Basic Hematology,10. Veterinary Urinalysis,11. Small Animal Surgery,12. Small Animal Nutrition & Nursing,13. Zoonosis & Occupational Health Hazards,14. Comparative Hematology, 15. Special Procedures In Veterinary Medicine, 16. Production Animals, 17. Equine, 18. Veterinary Clinical Training (externship).

Since you are getting an Associate's Degree, you also have to take Liberal Arts Courses. As you can see, a lot of it is very scientific. You are given "hands-on" training. Sometimes, you even take field trips. The entire course consists of 110 credit hours

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Books You Have To Have

These books are the ones that every Vet Tech Needs. I have kept all my books in case I need to use them to reference to later on. They've come in handy a time or two already.

What's Your Opinion?

My opinion is that this is a respectable career choice if you're an animal lover. You get to make money doing something you love. You won't ever get rich, but you get to make animals and their owners feel better.

Is this a respectable career choice?

Did You Know It Was This Complicated?

Did you know that a becoming a Vet Tech was this complicated?

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Where To Go For More Info

Here's a couple of links for you to visit, if you found my lens interesting and want to research it more.

Okay, I made this lens because it was suggested that I do so. I actually enjoyed making it though. I hadn't really thought about the actual training involved since I graduated. Let me know if you enjoyed this.

To Finish Up

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      Shari O'Leary 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @cmadden: Thank You! I thought it was very cute as well.

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Interesting to read what's required for vet tech. And your intro photo is adorable!

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      micvert 5 years ago

      Love your choice of pictures !

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      Shari O'Leary 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @PNWtravels: Thank you! That was my intention when I wrote it. I'm glad you liked it.

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Very informative and a great lens to read for those who are considering becoming a Vet Tech.

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      laptop89 5 years ago

      Great lens, I like it !

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      OUTFOXprevention1 5 years ago

      Great information! Pet health is important.

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      Shari O'Leary 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @anonymous: Thank you! Both for the blessing, and the welcome back. It's much appreciated.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Stopping by to re-bless and welcome you back to Squidoo my dear. :)

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      Shari O'Leary 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @BLemley: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Yes! It's very cool that you enjoy doing it, too. And there will always be a demand for vet techs, so you don't have to worry about the store closing! Great pictures of your "kids"! SquidAngel Blessed! B : )

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What wonderful info - thanks so much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting lens. Thanks for this.

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      Congratulations and well done.

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      Shari O'Leary 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @Einar A: I'm glad it kept you interested.

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      Shari O'Leary 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @yourselfempowered: I'm glad you enjoyed it. I didn't think it would be that interesting when I created it, but now I'm glad that I did.

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      Shari O'Leary 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @Spook LM: Thank you!

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      Odille Rault 6 years ago from Gloucester

      Very interesting lens - I've really enjoyed reading this! :)

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      TTMall 6 years ago

      It looks very helpful. Thank you very much!

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      Einar A 6 years ago

      Great to have a profession where you can work with animals! It was very interesting learning what's involved in becoming a vet tech.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thanks for sharing!

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 6 years ago

      It certainly makes interesting reading. Not everyone has the opportunity to do something that one loves and make a career out of it too.

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      BeyondRoses 6 years ago

      Interesting Vet Tech info, and sweet photos of your pets!

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      NoobWriter LM 6 years ago

      You are doing a good job

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      NoobWriter LM 6 years ago

      You are doing a good job

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      Jerrad28 6 years ago

      Very interesting, thanks for sharing!

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      reasonablerobby 7 years ago

      Great lens about a very important profession. Excellent career choice. Lensrolled too.

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      Mona 8 years ago from Iowa

      Interesting lens. When I was training for becoming a vet tech I had dissection class just before lunch. Not sure if that was on purpose but the result was just about nothing grosses me out. :) Top marks.

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      Jen Maskill 8 years ago

      Very interesting reading indeed. Thanks for sharing.

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      wecomparebooks 8 years ago

      Hey, cool lens! I fav'd ya! Please return favor,

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Way to go the purple star looks great, on a great looking lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Congratulations on the Purple Star Award on you lens.

      I was here before, but I wasn't a Squid Angel then,

      Now I bring a blessing too. ~ Happy Holidays!

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Thank you for the information. My daughter is thinking about a career working with animals. Now I know of another option for her.

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Just revisiting this lens to say congratulations on your purple star! Nice job!

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      wilddove6 8 years ago

      Very nice, informative lens!

      A lot of Vet Techs are now pursuing careers in Wildlife Rehabilitation here in Canada.

      Kind of "branching out".

      Wing high five!

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      jgelien 8 years ago

      I have a daughter that loves working with animals. I will refer her to this lens to learn more about it. Thanks for the information.

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      Julianne Gentile 8 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      This is a wonderful lens. I hope that you find that perfect job, soon!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Excellent lens! - Good for you!

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      Carol Goss 8 years ago

      I loved this lens , and pets are cool Ty for sharing :)

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      Yes, a very enjoyable lens! I'm glad you made it as I was missing some information on this career (and you had it here :o) Nice job 5*

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      roysumit 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens. You poured your heart into it. Five stars obviously.

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      roysumit 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens. You poured your heart into it. Five stars obviously.

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      Jack 8 years ago

      I was a veterinary technician and a professional groomer in a small animal vet hospital for twelve years, with mostly cats and dogs. Back when I first started, we were not required to go to school or get any special training for it. On the job experience was good enough then. But in the last few years that I worked there, the new vet techs and the groomers were required to go to school for both jobs. I have been in a different career for the past three years. I don't work with animals anymore, but people bring their dogs to my workplace.

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      papawu 8 years ago

      As an animal lover, I thank you on behalf of the animals you care for. Wonderful.

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      jwooten80 8 years ago

      Your lens is amazing! For people who adore their pets, vet technicians are really important people. They have often eased my nervousness about my sick kitties! I also think you are so lucky to get to work with all kinds of animals every day. I am sure it never gets boring! I am definitely favoriting your lens, and it deserves 5 stars!

      Also, thanks for lensrolling my page about my kitties!

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      x3xsolxdierx3x lm 9 years ago

      This was a good lens.....Personalized lenses are always the best....well done :)

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      Mihaela Vrban 9 years ago from Croatia

      You are one of February 2009 graduates! Come by and answer few questions to show the way to those who will follow! Wish you many, many more great lenses!

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      Sarunas 9 years ago

      Nice one.

      I gave you 5 stars,

      but don't forget to keep it up : DD

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      Treasures By Brenda 9 years ago from Canada

      Well done, Shari & congratulations on becoming a Giant Squid. Your Vet Tech Training is definitely worthy of an SquidAngel's blessing!


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      Janusz LM 9 years ago

      What a wonderful Lens :) Your very lucky to be doing a Job you love... & the

      pets are lucky to have you. Well worthy of a blessing :)

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      Kathryn Darden 9 years ago

      Good info - this will be helpful to others considering that field!

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      Faye Rutledge 9 years ago from Concord VA

      I'll also show this lens to my granddaughter! She also wants to be a vet, but a vet tech might interest her as well. You and she have a lot in common, but she just turned 11! Great lens. Thanks for the info.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I'm glad you made a lens for this, very informative, and no, I hadn't heard of a Vet Tech. What a wonderful profession. Great lens! - Kathy

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      Deb Kingsbury 9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      A wonderful career choice, in my opinion. At least from the point of view of someone who loves my dog more than anything and cares who handles her at the vet's office. I've met some wonderful vet tech's, but I really had no idea what kind of training they had to go through. Very informative lens. Good job!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I think it is a great career choice and wish you much success.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      It may be complicated to become a Vet Tech, but then it is an important job! I'm sure my pets would agree:)

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      gozergirl 9 years ago

      I always wanted to be a vet tech, but the money was an issue.

      Thanks for doing such a great job and taking care of our animal friends!

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      grannysage 9 years ago

      My daughter is studying to become a Vet Tech and yes, it is complicated! Great topic for a lens. Good work.

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      Mihaela Vrban 9 years ago from Croatia

      This lens entered Fresh Squid Contest for March as one of featured lenses on Fresh Squid group in February! Come by and vote!