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So, You Want to be a Vet Tech?

Updated on June 6, 2011
Veterinary Technologist
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Veterinary Technologists (Vet Techs) are true heros to the animals in their care. Vet Techs take care of animals who are sick, inured, aged, and animals who have been abused.

The work they perform is vital, but at times it can be dangerous and physically and emotionally stressful. However, the job is attractive to people who truly care about the welfare of animals.

If you are a person who loves animals, and you want to be a part of a heath care team that seeks to end their suffering, you may want to consider this rewarding career.

Vet Tech School

A 2 Year degree is all that is needed to become a vet tech. If you are interested in the career, it is important that you make sure the school you choose is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association - You can find a list of accredited schools by following the previous link.

There are vocational and technical schools that offer the program at a lower rate, and can be completed in a little less than 2 years. If you chose the vo-tech route, make sure it is a public school, and not one of those "career schools" that tend to inflate tuition costs.

If you want a higher paying starting salary, or if you are interested in teaching veterinary science to hopeful techs, there are a few schools that offer a 4 year bachelor's degree.

There are even some programs that offer the vet tech degree via distance learning (online).

Certification & Licensing

All states require hopeful the passing of the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). The VTNE is administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, and a graduate must pass this exam in order to work in his/her chosen state.

The exam incluses written, oral, and clinical sections, and it is usually given three times per year. After the exam is passed, the state will license the vet tech.

Vet Tech Salary

The average annual salary for vet techs ranges from $28,000 and it can climb as high as $41,000. Vet Techs are not the highest paid workers, but the job is deeply fulfilling to animal lovers.

For mor information on this 2 year career path, visit the American Veterinary Medical Association.


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