Vet Tech Colleges

The Veterinary Career Path

Veterinary assistants, technicians and technologists ensure that animals remain happy and healthy, and help diagnose and treat their medical conditions. They get the opportunity to work closely with their furry and feathered patients in a role that typically requires a shorter and smaller educational investment than does attending a traditional veterinary school. Even for those considering becoming veterinarians, first pursuing a position as a veterinary assistant or technician can help ensure the veterinary field is the right fit, and provide exposure to specializations like veterinary radiology, pet psychology, vet dentistry, animal nutrition, and even exotic animals.

 

While educational requirements for any role in veterinary medicine may vary, a good general rule of thumb is that an aspiring veterinary assistant will typically pursue an undergraduate diploma or certificate, while, according to the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA), an aspiring veterinary technician will pursue an associate of science (A.S.) or associate of applied science (A.A.S.), and a veterinary technologist will pursue a bachelor of science degree (B.S.). Indeed, the difference in educational attainment is often the key qualification separating the technologist from the technician. It is important to ensure that a program at any level is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) prior to enrollment. Some states also require licensure.

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Veterinary Technicians

Veterinary techs are the nurses of the animal world. Their responsibilities may include administering medication, laboratory analyses, and assisting with surgeries.

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Veterinary Assistants

Veterinary assistants maintain veterinary offices. Their responsibilities typically involve scheduling appointments with pet-owners, maintaining medical records, and feeding or grooming patients.

Vet Tech Schools By State

Online Schools

Regardless of where you live, there is probably a veterinary assistant program or veterinary technology program close by. Many of these colleges include 100% online options and hybrid programs in addition to traditional campus-based schools. We have created a comprehensive listing of these vet tech colleges by state to help you easily find a school in your area. You will also find that we have done extensive research on your behalf, finding the 10 best states for veterinary colleges. This means you can quickly find the information you need to have the best chance for success in a veterinary career.

   

Although not many A.S and B.S degrees in Veterinary Science are available 100% online, it is possible to find a school that will allow you to complete many of these requirements from your own home. For example, both University of New Hampshire and Wayne Community College offers their AAS degree in Animal Technology as a 50/50 hybrid program, with half of the classes online and the other half done on campus.

   

On the other hand, A.A. degrees in Veterinary Assistance are often available in a completely online format. Since these degrees are based in conceptual veterinary science rather than procedural veterinary science, excellent schools like Penn Foster, California State University and Ashworth College all have highly-regarded online vet tech schools that will allow you to become a professional veterinary assistant in under 2 years.

Animal care specializations

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Veterinary Radiology Technician
Veterinary Radiology Technician

Veterinary radiology techs help diagnose and treat internal injuries which can be viewed with radiology equipment (e.g., x-rays, computed tomography [CT], nuclear imaging, digital fluoroscopy, magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]). They work in laboratories, clinics, and hospitals which house this special equipment. Their responsibilities generally comprise taking diagnostic images of animals and ensuring radiation safety.

Veterinary Nutrition Technician
Veterinary Nutrition Technician

Veterinary nutrition techs provide guidance in maintaining animal health by way of proper eating and exercise routines. They work in animal clinics and hospitals, or offer outpatient consulting services for animals in need. Their responsibilities include keeping abreast of scientific developments in animal nutritional science and providing pet-owner education.

Veterinary Dental Technician
Veterinary Dental Technician

Veterinary dental techs assist in giving animals the dental services they need. They work in private clinics, hospitals, zoos, or large farms. Their responsibilities typically include administering anesthetics, oral cleaning and plaque removal, surgical assistance, and dental hygiene education for animal-owners.

The Latest from the Vet Tech Education Blog

The veterinary technology blog offers a wide range of resources for people interested in veterinary technician schools and careers. 

It provides advice on growing specializations, such as how to become an animal psychologist or a veterinary dentist, and even provides lists of esteemed professors across an array of disciplines. For example, there are a number of top professors in exotic animal veterinary science, such as Jennifer Graham of Tufts University and Michael Jones of the University of Tennessee. For students interested in veterinary technology, there’s a list of top veterinary technology professors to launch their exploration of the possibilities. Additionally, there are interviews with top vet techs in the nation, including education and career tips from the “vet tech of the year,” Megan Brashear. 

For students at all stages of their schooling and careers, the veterinary technology blog can offer a fresh perspective and loads of advice on scholarships, top professors, programs by region, and how to join various veterinary specializations.

 

25 Great Animal Care Blogs

25 Great Animal Care Blogs

April 23, 2015

Whether you are a veterinarian or vet tech in training, or simply a pet owner who wants to stay up on the latest in animal care news, reading blogs is one of the easiest ways to do it. Because blogs are updated regularly they can take a more nuanced and informative approach to animal care issues. The blogs included in this list are among the best - at times educational, heartwarming, personal, and funny.

10 Top Animal Physical Therapy Programs

10 Top Animal Physical Therapy Programs

April 10, 2015

As the role of animals grows in importance, so does the need for better and more adaptive veterinary care. Animal rehabilitation specialists and physical therapists are using cutting-edge human physical therapy techniques to enable our favorite creatures to have longer life spans and pain-free living.

Professor List - 15 Top Exotic Animal Veterinary Professors

Professor List - 15 Top Exotic Animal Veterinary Professors

March 5, 2015

Want to work with professors who encourage students toward success in exotic animal care? Look at our list of 15 top exotic animal & wildlife veterinary professors to discover leading educators and researchers in the field.

Barry Franklin (Editor)

Barry joined publisher Sechel Ventures as partner in 2013 and, along with running the business, edits content for VetTechColleges.com.