If nursing animals back to health and helping veterinarians to care for those animals sounds like a career worth considering, then you might consider becoming a veterinary technician (or vet tech). Researching veterinary technician schools in Nevada is a great place to start, and may be a good idea for other reasons as well: the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that there will be a much higher growth rate for the vet tech career (19% from 2014-2024) than for all occupations combined (7%). So becoming a veterinary technician can offer stability as well as joy.
Map of Vet Tech Schools in Nevada
|School Website||main address||online program||Avma Accredited|
|College of Southern Nevada - Charleston Campus||6375 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada, 89146||No||Yes|
|Pima Medical Institute-Las Vegas||3333 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89121||No||Yes|
|Truckee Meadows Community College||7000 Dandini Blvd, Reno, Nevada, 89512-3999||No||Yes|
AVMA-Accredited Vet Tech Programs in Nevada
Prospective students looking for a vet tech program in Nevada, or outside the state, need to make sure they choose one that is accredited through the American Veterinary Medical Association. Accreditation means that the program meets needed certain standards and expectations and can successfully train students for a vet tech career. A list of accredited vet tech schools around the country is provided on the AVMA’s website. Below are a few accredited vet tech schools in Nevada for students to consider.
The College of Southern Nevada, in Las Vegas, has full AVMA accreditation. Students who go to the school and graduate earn an associate of applied science degree. The college was the first postsecondary program in the state to have full accreditation from the AVMA, and its courses cover vet tech fundamentals and provide hands-on experiences.
Pima Medical Institute, in Las Vegas, provides graduates with an associate of applied science degree. The school has full accreditation, so students know they should be prepared to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam after graduation or in the months leading up to it. Its veterinary technician program incorporates classroom training and real-world experiences, and students take classes such as:
- Diagnostic imaging
- Exotic animals
- Large animal care and nursing
- Lab animals
- Surgical nursing
Truckee Meadows Community College, in Reno, provides graduates of their two-year program with an associate of applied science degree. The school has a good reputation, and has full AVMA accreditation as well. It teaches vet techs the skills and techniques that are needed when working in a vet’s clinic or animal hospital.
Career Outlook for Nevada Veterinary Technicians
The job outlook for vet techs is good, at least according to the BLS. It estimates job growth for the vet tech occupation to be at 30 percent from 2012 to 2022; this growth is faster than average and 25,000 new vet tech positions could become available if this holds true. With more jobs becoming available, it may be a good time to pursue a vet tech career. Currently, Nevada has only 520 employed vet techs, which includes 400 working in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas.
While Northern Nevada and rural areas to the east may have opportunities for vet techs, when looking for work, the urban areas are often the place to start, primarily because of the higher concentration of jobs there, but also because of the variety of work environments from which a vet tech might choose. Vet techs in the Las Vegas and Reno areas work in a number of different environments, including animal clinics, hospitals, research facilities, zoos, and even casinos that have animals.
|Veterinary Career||Nevada Jobs||Salary Data (BLS, 2014)|
|Low Salary (10th %ile)||Average Salary (Median)||High Salary (90th %ile)|
Accreditation and Certification for Vet Techs in Nevada
The Nevada State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners is full of links and information for those in the veterinary medical field. Vet techs can find information on the site about how they can apply for a license in the state. To do so, they need to have a degree as a vet tech from one of the vet tech schools in Nevada or another state and graduate from a program that is accredited through the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Vet techs in training have a certification option as well. As long as they are in their second year of a two-year school, or in their fourth year of a four-year school, they can apply for tech-in-training status. Before being certified, the applicants need to take and pass the VTNE, as well as the Nevada State take-home jurisprudence exam, and must also supply a letter of recommendation from someone in the field.
Students looking for veterinary technician schools in Nevada should check to make sure the school they choose is AVMA accredited. This organization has stringent guidelines for granting accreditation and aims to ensure that graduating vet techs have a certain level of competency that they can bring to the job.
|Vet Techs Must Be Licensed to Practice||Licensed Vet Techs Are Called||Licensing Requirements||Additional Resources|
|Graduate from an AVMA-Accredited Program||Pass the VTNE||Additional Requirements|
|Yes||lVT||No||Yes||Candidates must also complete a child support form and complete a take-home Nevada State Jurisprudence Examination.||Nevada Veterinary Medical Association|