The Veterinary Technology Blog

The staff publishes information related to vet tech education and certification, going “behind the scenes” to give you deeper insight into your educational options. You’ll find detailed descriptions of potential career paths, internship opportunities, emerging veterinary technologies, and profiles of leading professors and institutions in the space.

March 13, 2019

Along with being enrolled in an accredited veterinary technology program, it is equally important for veterinary assistants and technicians to have adequate hands-on experience with animals. Many internship and externship programs let students spend some time in specialized departments such as radiology, hematology, oncology, cardiology, and surgery.

January 3, 2019

Scholarships are, most simply put, free money. Students pay them back figuratively, with their service to society—at no interest, and without obligation. While good scholarships can be hard to find and win, they do exist, specifically for motivated individuals who need them most.

December 5, 2018

A hero becomes a hero by being the voice of the voiceless and the help of the helpless. In that regard, few professions have more heroes than those in the veterinary care and animal activist arenas.

October 8, 2018

The Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI) is championing a comprehensive update—one that would unite the profession under a single title, a standardized set of credentialing requirements, and a universal scope of practice.

July 19, 2018

Of the pet-related expenses in which Americans invested, $17.07 billion—nearly 25 percent—of total pet-related dollars spent went toward veterinary care. The APPA predicts that spending on veterinary care will rise to $18.26 billion in 2018.

March 27, 2018

Most state regulatory boards accept RACE-approved and CVTEA-accredited continuing education credits. However, continuing education acceptance is not standardized. States reserve the right to refuse credits from certain classes or providers. Students are advised to confirm that their state will accept credits before registering for any program.

Marissa Martino
June 22, 2017

Marissa Martino of Boulder, CO began working with dogs 10 years ago, and she hasn’t looked back since. She was enjoying a successful career as a designer for Martha Stewart but yearning for a change, she decided to attend San Francisco’s Academy of Dog Trainers.

June 6, 2017

For many animal-lovers, choosing a career as a veterinary technician is a natural choice. It’s a field that couples the rigor of scientific laboratory testing with soft skills in patient caretaking.

April 14, 2017

Pets play a vital role in the homes and lives of people across the country. Often treated as family members, animals can not only provide love and affection, but they’ve also been found to improve people’s health by decreasing stress levels, lowering blood pressure, and even boosting babies’ immune systems.

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).

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.

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.

April 13, 2016

Think that all veterinary teaching hospitals are alike? Think again! This list of 15 great veterinary teaching hospitals includes schools that specialize in multiple services, treatment of many different types of animals and even outreach into the community.

April 8, 2016

Explore similarities and differences between veterinary assistants and veterinary technicians to determine if either of these careers is right for you. View our side-by-side comparison chart before making a final decision.

March 7, 2016

The key requirement to become a veterinary technician or technologist is the successful completion of a veterinary technology program. And when researching programs to determine which is the right fit, consider not only the reputation of the institution, but also the experience and skill of the educators who teach within. Come meet these 40 top professors of veterinary technology.