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What to Expect in Veterinary Technology School

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While all other occupations in the U.S. are only expected to grow by 14 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the veterinary technology field is expected to grow 52 percent from 2010 to 2020. This has created a demand for qualified veterinary technologists (vet techs) and has made veterinary technology programs popular choices for college students. Obtaining a better understanding of what to expect in a veterinary technology program can help students effectively complete the program and enter the field of veterinary technology.

Types of Veterinary Technician Programs

The field of veterinary technology offers several different types of educational programs, including diploma, certificate and degree programs. These programs are typically offered by community colleges, private educational institutions and vocational training institutions. Typically, a minimum of a two-year associate degree is required for entry level positions in the field of veterinary technology. However, many professionals choose to earn a four-year bachelor degree and expand their career options.  Additionally, many vet tech programs offer a variety of learning options including full-time study, part-time study and online learning.

Veterinary Technology Program Courses

A quality veterinary technology program will prepare students to successfully complete the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and begin their new career as a veterinary technologist. As part of this preparation, veterinary technology programs typically include courses in various science courses including:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Parasitology
  • Zoonotic diseases
  • Veterinary Pharmacology
  • Animal dentistry
  • Veterinary nutrition
  • Clinical procedures
  • Large and exotic animal care

In addition to science courses, most vet tech programs also include classes in English and business. Many vet tech programs also require completion of externships involving hands-on training and learning at an off-site veterinary clinic or animal hospital.

Method of Instruction

The field of veterinary technology involves a substantial amount of hands-on training. Quality vet tech programs will include a significant amount of hands-on learning experiences both in the classroom, laboratory and in a clinical setting. Laboratory experiences are usually obtained on-site under the supervision of the veterinary professor. Quality vet tech programs also require direct clinical experiences at an off-site facility, including a veterinary clinic or animal hospital.

Certifications and Licensing Exams

Completion of an accredited veterinary technology program provides students with the knowledge to start their careers, however to be considered a Certified Veterinary Technician, vet techs must pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). The VTNE is a certifying test for graduates of an American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA) accredited program. States may differ in their regulation of veterinary technicians. Depending on the state, vet techs who have successfully completed exams may be referred to as registered, licensed or certified.

Obtaining a better understanding of what to expect in a veterinary technology program can help students make informed choices about their career paths. If veterinary technology is your calling, contacting Stautzenberger College, Brecksville should be your next step.

Stautzenberger College will provide you with the hands-on skills and training needed for you to turn your passion for animals into a rewarding career. 

Contact Stautzenberger College, today at 1-800-473-2997 or by e-mail at jpgirard@stautzenberger.com.

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