Veterinary Technician Schools

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 pursue an undergraduate diploma or certificate, while 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, and to assist with that we’ve indicated which schools have AVMA accreditation in every state, and listed that information on state pages in our vet tech schools by state directory. Note that some states also require licensure in order to practice, so we provide detailed, current vet tech licensing requirements by state, also on the aforementioned state pages, as well as on our main veterinary technician career page.

Veterinary Technicians

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

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

Although not many schools offer A.S and B.S degrees in Veterinary Science that are delivered 100% online, there are several programs that can be at least partially completed via distance learning. For example, both University of New Hampshire and Wayne Community College offer their A.A.S. degree programs in Animal Technology as 50/50 hybrid programs, with half of the classes online and the other half on campus.  And, yes, there are a few accredited online veterinary technician programs that can be completed entirely (or almost entirely) online.  We’ve listed those out on our online programs page, along with supplemental information on admissions requirements, prerequisites, accreditation, and what to expect.


A.A. degrees in Veterinary Assisting are often available in a completely online format since these degrees are based in conceptual veterinary science rather than procedural veterinary science.  Schools like California State University and Penn Foster, amongst others, offer online veterinary assisting programs that will help train you to become a veterinary assistant in 2 years or less.

Vet Tech Specialists

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 Blog

The 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 blog can offer a fresh perspective and loads of advice on scholarships, requirements, and specializations in veterinary technology and medicine.


How to Become a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS)

How to Become a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS)

March 7, 2017

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS Dec. 2015), veterinary technicians and technologists can expect a 19 percent explosion in job openings between 2014 and 2024. The projected addition of 17,900 vet tech positions nationwide during this period should amount to increased opportunities for specialized practitioners in this field, called vet tech specialists (VTS).

Day in the Life of a Zoo Veterinary Technician

Day in the Life of a Zoo Veterinary Technician

July 27, 2016

Learn about the daily responsibilities of the zoo veterinary technician, and about how to prepare to manage and help care for exotic, rare, and sometime dangerous animals.

Veterinary Technician vs. Veterinary Technologist

Veterinary Technician vs. Veterinary Technologist

May 4, 2016

Explore the requirements and responsibilities of veterinary technicians and technologists to learn more about the similarities and sometimes subtle differences between the two roles, and the education and specialized training that each requires.  View our side-by-side comparison chart for a closer look at these two highly-related occupations.

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