There are a number of quality, accredited veterinary technician schools in Ohio for current residents and those considering a move to the Buckeye State. From the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Cleveland’s waterfront to the Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio offers ample opportunities to animal-lovers seeking a thriving career in veterinary medicine. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2017), there are 3,360 working vet techs in Ohio, and that number is projected to increase substantially in coming years, especially in more rural regions. The BLS (2017) projects that the number of positions for veterinary technicians and technologists will grow 20% between 2016 and 2026, much faster than the increase anticipated for other occupations (7%). Furthermore, the BLS (2017) adds that vet techs in Ohio make an average of $32,700 annually, a reasonable sum considering that two-year vet tech schools in Ohio typically cost a fraction of that amount.
According to the Ohio Association of Veterinary Technicians, aspiring veterinary technicians typically take an oath which begins,
“I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and services for animals, by alleviating animal suffering, and by promoting public health.“
With such heartwarming words to defend, it’s no wonder that the career outlook for vet techs in Ohio looks bright.
Map of Vet Tech Schools in Ohio
|School Website||main address||online program||Avma Accredited|
|Bradford School||2469 Stelzer Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43219||No||Yes|
|Columbus State Community College||550 E Spring St, Columbus, Ohio, 43215||No||Yes|
|Cuyahoga Community College District||700 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, Ohio, 44115-2878||No||Yes|
|Kent State University at Trumbull||4314 Mahoning Avenue NW, Warren, Ohio, 44483||No||Yes|
|Kent State University at Tuscarawas||330 University Dr N.E., New Philadelphia, Ohio, 44663-9403||No||Yes|
|Otterbein University||1 South Grove Street, Westerville, Ohio, 43081||No||No|
|Ross College||4300 Munson Street NW, Canton, Ohio, 44718||No||Yes|
|Sinclair Community College||444 W 3rd St, Dayton, Ohio, 45402||No||Yes|
|Stautzenberger College-Brecksville||8001 Katherine Boulevard, Brecksville, Ohio, 44141||No||Yes|
|Stautzenberger College-Maumee||1796 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee, Ohio, 43537-4007||No||Yes|
|University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College||9555 Plainfield Rd, Blue Ash, Ohio, 45236-1096||No||Yes|
Accredited Vet Tech Programs in Ohio
The primary accreditation body for vet tech schools is Ohio is the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA), a division of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). There are ten CVTEA-accredited veterinary technician programs in Ohio as of 2018 which are outlined here in alphabetical order:
The Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School in Columbus offers an 18-month (4.5 semester) associate of applied science (AAS) degree in veterinary technology. Courses include clinical medicine; veterinary pharmacology; surgical nursing; anesthesia; radiography; veterinary office procedures; principles of ethics; clinical laboratory; large animal theory; and more. Bradford School has an on-site kennel which houses cats, dogs, and rodents. All students are assigned mandatory kennel duty before and after classes and on weekends to gain hands-on training. In addition, students complete a large animal practicum and an externship. Between 2015 and 2018 the three year first time pass rate on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) was 67.5% for Bradford School graduates.
Columbus State Community College offers an associate of applied science (AAS) degree in veterinary technology, and has full accreditation from the AVMA. The program helps to prepare students for work in the real world, and has relationships with 160 different clinics in the state where students can train and get experience while going through the practical parts of their schooling. The AAS degree program is offered full-time during the day, or part-time in the evenings. The full-time program takes about 5 semesters to complete and the part-time program takes 11 semesters. Courses include anatomy and physiology; veterinary parasitology; advanced medical terminology; principles of veterinary anesthesia; veterinary surgical techniques; animal nutrition; and more. Columbus State Community College also has joint programs with Otterbein University (equine veterinary technology) and Ohio State University (animal science/agriculture) where students can earn an AAS degree in addition to a BS degree. Notably, 80.24% of CSCC’s graduates between 2014 and 2017 passed the VTNE on their first attempt.
Cuyahoga Community College in Parma is another available choice for students in Ohio seeking vet tech programs. The school offers an associate of applied science (AAS) degree in veterinary technology, and has AVMA accreditation. Students spend 4 semesters and a summer session completing the program for a total of 64 credits. Courses include veterinary science; veterinary diagnostic imaging; veterinary pathology; dentistry for veterinary technicians; animal health and disease; veterinary emergency and critical care; and more. Twenty-five students are acceptind into the program each year and must have completed prerequisites before beginning. Between 2015 and 2018, an impressive 85% of Cuyahoga graduates passed the VTNE on their first attempt.
Kent State University offers an AAS degree in veterinary technology at their Tuscarawas and Trumbull campuses. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and 25 hours of field experience in a veterinary practice in order to apply. The program encompasses 64 credits and includes courses such as clinical laboratory; veterinary nursing; surgery and anesthesia; laboratory and exotic animal medicine; veterinary office applications; and more. Students complete labs and a practicum in a veterinary hospital. Between 2015 and 2018, 61.3 percent of Kent State graduates passed the VTNE on their first attempt.
Ross College in North Canton also offers an associate of applied science (AAS) degree in veterinary technology. Students learn a variety of lab procedures, as well as how to assist with anesthesia and surgery. This 66.5 quarter credit program includes courses such as common diseases and medical conditions of animals; veterinary laboratory procedures; animal restraint and handling; examination room procedures; surgical preparation and assisting; and more. Students complete labs and an externship, and the program takes 36 weeks to complete. The first time pass rate on the VTNE for Ross vet tech graduates was 44.23% between 2014 and 2017.
Sinclair Community College offers another of the accredited AAS programs in Ohio. Courses in this program include microbiology and lab; introduction to healthcare delivery; medical terminology; comparative anatomy and physiology, animal husbandry and disease; veterinary anesthesia, surgery, diagnostic laboratory & radiology; and more. Students complete labs, clinical practicums and a preceptorship to gain hands-on veterinary technician skills knowledge. Sinclair graduates had an impressive VTNE first-time pass rate of 80.49% from 2014 to 2017.
Stautzenberger College in both Brecksville and Maumee offers a 24-month AAS degree in veterinary technology. Courses include advanced animal clinical procedures; microbiology; pharmacology; husbandry & disease, large animals; large animal medical techniques; husbandry and disease, small animals; veterinary life science; and more. As per other programs students complete labs and a veterinary externship. The first time pass rate on the VTNE for Maumee vet tech graduates was 57.98% between 2015 and 2018, and 56.55% for Brecksville graduates.
Finally, the University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College offers another AAS degree in veterinary technology in Ohio, that takes 5 semesters (including one summer) to complete. Courses in this program include veterinary imaging; laboratory procedures; pharmacy and pharmacology; principles of anesthesia and surgery; animal husbandry and diseases; office and hospital procedures; and more. Students complete a technical practicum and a preceptorship in their final semester. UC Blue Ash graduates had a 3-year VTNE first-time pass rate of 71% from 2015 to 2018.
There is also one program not specifically AVMA-accredited in itself, however it is the joint program mentioned with Columbus State Community College in which students earn both an AAS degree from Columbus and a BS in Equine Veterinary Science from Otterbein University. Because the AAS portion is CVTEA-accredited, students can sit for the VTNE and follow the steps to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. The program takes four years to complete and students pay tuition respectively to whichever institution through which the courses are taken. CSCC courses are held in Columbus and Otterbein courses are held in Westerville at the Otterbein campus or the equine center. Students complete two veterinary practicums, and courses in the Otterbein portion of the program may include horsemastership; equine anatomoy and physiology; equine health monitoring; applied equine buisness principles; reflection and responsibility; animal nutrition and feeding; service learning; and more.
How to Become a Vet Tech in Ohio
Here are the typical steps to become a veterinary technician in Ohio:
- Graduate from one of the accredited vet tech schools in Ohio. These programs last from two to four years, and typically offer an associate of science (AS), an associate of applied science (AAS), or a bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) upon successful completion of the requirements. According the O*NET (2016), a partner of the American Job Center, a large majority of vet techs held associate degrees (68%). The veterinary technician programs in Ohio offer classes such as veterinary lab procedures, pharmacology and large animal medicine. These accredited schools pay thought to coursework as well as hands-on, clinical practicums to let students get experience in the veterinary field. Some vet tech students in Ohio choose to take electives in areas such as animal psychology, radiology, or anesthesia, and these specializations may even enhance a graduate’s job prospects.
- Take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).
- Register with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board (OVMLB). While there is no special state test for vet techs in Ohio, they are required to register with the OVMLB. The application requirements are listed below. For those who are licensed in other states, they can apply for a Veterinary License by Reciprocity with a letter of good standing from the current licensing entity.
It should be noted that veterinary technicians in Ohio are required to renew their licenses by March 1st in odd-numbered years after completing ten hours of continued education credit.
Strong Outlook for Vet Tech Jobs in Ohio
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2017), job openings for veterinary technicians and technologists are expected to grow 20% between 2016 and 2026, nearly three times faster than the average projected for all occupations (7%). With the creation of 20,400 new jobs nationally, many of these in more rural regions, becoming a veterinary technician in Ohio can be an important investment in one’s future.
Lets look at vet tech salaries nationwide and then explore OH individually. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS May 2017) reported that there were 103,430 American vet techs with an annual average salary of $34,710 and the following wage percentiles:
- 10th percentile: $22,880
- 25th percentile: $27,430
- 50th percentile (median): $33,400
- 75th percentile: $39,860
- 90th percentile: $49,350
In Ohio, the BLS reported that there were 3,360 jobs for vet techs in Ohio in May 2017. They made on average $15.72 per hour, or $32,700 annually. Here is the salary range for these animal-care professionals in Ohio:
- 10th percentile: $23,880
- 25th percentile: $27,430
- 50th percentile (median): $31,440
- 75th percentile: $37,420
- 90th percentile: $44,460
Considering that veterinary technician schools in Ohio typically cost a fraction of an annual salary, this is an investment that can pay off. In addition, according to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC 2018), Ohio is the 16th most affordable state in the nation in which to live, boasting particular savings in housing and utilities. In fact housing costs were almost 24% below the national average. Considering that vet techs in Ohio make close to national averages, this is good news for aspiring vet techs.
Furthermore, some areas of Ohio offer higher salaries than others. According to the BLS (May 2017), the North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (non-contiguous) had the highest average annual salary at $35,310. Following are the salary averages, number employed, and salary percentile breakdowns for several of the areas in Ohio:
Akron, OH: (330 vet techs employed): $32,070 annual average salary
- 10th percentile: $22,530
- 25th percentile: $27,000
- 50th percentile (median): $31,450
- 75th percentile: $36,500
- 90th percentile: $39,780
Canton-Massillon, OH: (90 vet techs employed): $26,430 annual average salary
- 10th percentile: $18,990
- 25th percentile: $22,290
- 50th percentile (median): $26,710
- 75th percentile: $30,190
- 90th percentile: $33,630
Cleveland-Elyria, OH: (400 vet techs employed): $33,020 annual average salary
- 10th percentile: $26,450
- 25th percentile: $28,110
- 50th percentile (median): $30,870
- 75th percentile: $37,340
- 90th percentile: $44,680
Columbus, OH: (700 vet techs employed): $34,280 annual average salary
- 10th percentile: $26,420
- 25th percentile: $28,700
- 50th percentile (median): $32,510
- 75th percentile: $38,060
- 90th percentile: $45,760
Dayton, OH: (170 vet techs employed): $30,440 annual average salary
- 10th percentile: $19,210
- 25th percentile: $25,810
- 50th percentile (median): $29,910
- 75th percentile: $35,870
- 90th percentile: $41,730
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (non-contiguous): (300 vet techs employed): $35,310 annual average salary
- 10th percentile: $25,130
- 25th percentile: $28,990
- 50th percentile (median): $35,010
- 75th percentile: $39,950
- 90th percentile: $47,510
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area: (140 vet techs employed): $25,920 annual average salary
- 10th percentile: $17,450
- 25th percentile: $18,200
- 50th percentile (median): $23,080
- 75th percentile: $31,520
- 90th percentile: $40,120
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area: (140 vet techs employed): $32,100 annual average salary
- 10th percentile: $25,770
- 25th percentile: $27,300
- 50th percentile (median): $29,850
- 75th percentile: $34,760
- 90th percentile: $38,850
Graduates of vet tech schools in Ohio can find different types of opportunities available to them after they have completed their education. Typical places they can look for jobs include animal hospitals, boarding facilities, private vet offices, research facilities, and more. As mentioned, the Ohio Association of Veterinary Technicians can be a great resource for vet techs working in Ohio who are in need of continuing education, resources, employment opportunities, networking, and more, and it has small chapters throughout the state.
|Veterinary Career||Ohio Jobs||Salary Data (BLS, 2017)|
|Low Salary (10th %ile)||Average Salary (Median)||High Salary (90th %ile)|
Accreditation and Licensing for Vet Techs in Ohio
The primary accreditation body for vet tech schools is Ohio is the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The AVMA bases it accreditation on many factors, including the quality of the curriculum, instruction, facilities, and program outcomes. Going to a school that does not have accreditation means students typically cannot sit for the exam required for licensure.
Upon graduation from an accredited vet tech school in Ohio, students typically need to become registered in the state of Ohio. There is no state test for licensure in Ohio, but students are required to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). To pass, vet techs need to score a 75 or greater. In addition to passing the test, students must submit an application to the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board (OVMLB). The requirements of the application include:
- Recent photograph (print name and DOB on back)
- Sealed envelope with official transcript from an AVMA-accredited vet tech school
- Registration fee ($35 in odd-numbered years, $25 in even-numbered years)
- Transfer of VTNE scores to the OVMLB
- Have the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) perform an Ohio and FBI criminal background check, and have the BCI send the results directly to the OVMLB
Consult the OVMLB website to learn more about the rules and regulations governing working vets and vet techs in the state of Ohio.
After the initial registration, vet techs in Ohio must renew their licenses by March 1st in odd-numbered years. Additionally, they must have at least ten hours of continuing education. At least six of these hours need to be related to veterinary medical science, while the other four hours can be non-scientific and self-taught (e.g., journals, videos, computer training, or office management).
Becoming a vet tech in Ohio can be a rewarding choice for animal-lovers seeking a career with a bright job prospects on into the future.
|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||RVT||Yes||Yes||Ohio candidates must complete an Ohio criminal background check and a FBI criminal background check.||Ohio Association of Veterinary Technicians|