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.

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.

November 11, 2015

Student loans are one way to help cover the costs of a veterinary or animal science education, but students need to repay these upon completion of their program. Scholarships are an actual way that veterinary schools students can save money and defray tuition and other costs up to potential amounts of several thousand dollars.

August 25, 2015

These 20 professors are strong influences in the farm animal world. As they develop new ways to monitor disease, support muscle growth, and increase the birth rates of producing herds and flocks, they help to guarantee a strong food supply for decades to come.

July 10, 2015

These 15 professors are the groundbreakers that are developing bridges between the animal and human psyche. While some specialize in animal-human bonds, others are finding new ways to map the most fundamental behaviors common to all living beings.

June 30, 2015

Veterinary technician anesthetists—also called vet tech specialists in anesthesia (VTSA)—occupy a growing specialty in animal healthcare careers as more people invest in life-saving surgeries and procedures for animals.

June 3, 2015

Whether you're interested in new ways to make better beef or how to grow bigger chickens, animal Science is the unique program that will allow you to feed the world. Still, you need to find your perfect professor match in order to be successful. These are the 20 best animal science instructors from across the US, with interests as unique and innovative as your own.

May 19, 2015

Many veterinary potentials are intrigued by the care, biology, and future of animals like zebras, ocelots, and lemurs. And, while many colleges provide excellent veterinary courses that define and familiarize students with these creatures, only a small number of schools provide on-site zoo animal experience.