Veterinary Technician Schools

How Much Schooling do I need to become a Veterinary Technician?

The best way to get a good job as a veterinary technician is to complete at least an Associates Degree but a Bachelor’s is of course preferable. There are a growing number of schools all across the country offering such degree programs as the demand for vet techs increases.

Are there Prerequisites for Getting into Veterinary Technician School?

The requirements vary quite widely from school to school but a high school level proficiency in biology, algebra and chemistry. In addition some schools do administer their own exam to access potential students before they are accepted into a veterinary technician program.

What Courses can I expect to take during Veterinary Technician Training?

Usually there are a number of general education classes that must be completed by an aspiring veterinary technician.  These typically include psychology, chemistry, economics, sociology, writing or literature, anatomy and physiology, and technical reporting. In addition vet tech specific study includes

  • Veterinary medical terminology
  • Ethics
  • Animal husbandry
  • Animal anatomy
  • Animal nutrition
  • Safe Animal Handling
  • Business office procedures

Will I need to sit a Board Examination to become a Veterinary Technician?

Most states require the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) to be passed in order to practice as a vet tech. These exams are administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards in conjunction with special regulatory boards in each individual state.

The test is a multiple choice type exam consisting of 200 questions and lasting for approximately four hours. If a candidate passes they can then apply to become licensed in the state they are choosing to practice in.