Veterinary Technician Schools in North Carolina

Are you tired of working in a job you don’t like? Do you want to find a new and exciting career? Becoming a vet tech could be just the thing you need to launch into a career you love. Look at the different options that you have with vet tech schools in NC to see what is available. In fact, the state has a couple of great organizations for vet techs to join once they enter the field and start practicing. The organizations and their conferences can be a great way to meet people.

Website Url main address vet tech & assistant grads (2012)
Central Carolina Community College 1105 Kelly Dr, Sanford, North Carolina, 27330-9840 63
Gaston College 201 Hwy 321 S, Dallas, North Carolina, 28034 25
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College 340 Victoria Rd, Asheville, North Carolina, 28801-4897 20
Davidson County Community College 297 Davidson Community College Rd, Thomasville, North Carolina, 27360-7385 17
Alamance Community College 1247 Jimmie Kerr Road, Graham, North Carolina, 27253-8000 16
Notes:2012 vet tech graduate data from IPEDS (2013).
Schools that offer at least one vet tech or vet assistant program online

What is the Outlook for Vet Techs in North Carolina?

Vet tech jobs are abundant in North Carolina. As of 2012 there were are at least 3,200 vet techs working in the state, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The areas around Raleigh and Charlotte seem to have the highest concentrations of vet techs, which is likely due to the higher population in the area. In Raleigh, there were about 590 vet techs in 2012, while Charlotte was home to 740 techs, according to the BLS. These may be the areas with the most techs and the most employment opportunities, but they are not the only options out there. Overall, the BLS believes there will be 30 percent job growth in the field, and estimates that 25,000 new vet tech jobs could become available in the U.S. from 2012 to 2022. As of 2012, vet techs in North Caroline earned mean annual wages of $28,590.

Graduates of vet tech schools in NC should be able to look for work in a number of interesting jobs, including private clinics and larger animal hospitals. Some may choose to work in kennels and shelters, or they might work in the field of research. Sometimes, zoos even hire vet techs.

Graduates from veterinary technician schools in NC might want to consider joining one or two North Carolina organizations for vet techs. The NCAVT is the North Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians, which offers a job board, an online store, conferences and more. Another option is the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association or NCVMA, which hosts anannual North Carolina Veterinary Conference in November. The conference and the organization can be great ways to meet people.

Choosing Accredited Veterinary Technician Schools in NC

The state of North Carolina has quite a few schools that could be right for your educational needs. When choosing a school, always look for one that has accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association. Getting an education from a school accredited by the AVMA ensures you will be able to sit for your certification exams later. Here are some of the schools in the state that have vet tech programs.

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College has full accreditation from the AVMA, and offers an associate of applied science degree for vet techs. The Asheville school features many classes ideal for helping students ready to become vet techs, including:

  • Animal breeds and husbandry
  • Animal nutrition
  • Large animal
  • Veterinary diseases
  • Veterinary lab techniques
  • Veterinary pharmacology

Central Carolina Community College has a great veterinary tech program as well. The school has full accreditation from the AMVA, and graduates can leave with an associate of applied science degree. The school helps students learn the following and more:

  • Animal anatomy
  • Animal breeds
  • Animal care
  • Sample collection
  • Veterinary terminology

Gaston College, in Dallas, offers an associate of applied science degree, and has full accreditation from the AVMA as well. The school prepares students to face all of the eventualities of working in an animal hospital, and features coursework that includes:

  • Animal anatomy
  • Large and small animal practices
  • Preparing animals
  • Prep of veterinary equipment
  • Specimen collection

Miller-Motte College is another option for students. Based in Raleigh, the school has provisional accreditation from the AVMA, and focuses on all of the basics needed to gain an entry-level position.

Accreditation and License Requirements in the State of North Carolina

Students who are looking at vet tech schools in NC need to make sure they choose one of the aforementioned schools, or another school that has AVMA accreditation. The American Veterinary Medical Association looks at all of the various vet tech programs in NC and across the country and decides whether these institutions have the ability to impart the knowledge needed for vet techs. Only those who graduate from schools approved by the AVMA are able to sit for the national and state exam. Some of the things the association looks at when deciding whether to grant accreditation include the curriculum and the staff.

After graduating from an approved school, students need to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination, as well as the state exam. After passing both of the tests, they are eligible to work in the state of North Carolina. They can get information on both of the exams and more through the NCVMB, or North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. The site even offers some practice questions for the exams, and has the forms needed for licenses right on the site. The vet tech licenses expire every two years. When vet techs are renewing their license, they need to have proof of 12 hours of continuing education during those two years. They will only accept three hours of online continuing education training during the renewal cycle. The rest needs to be approved and offline continuing education.

Barry Franklin (Editor)

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