Veterinary Technician Certification
In the U.S., Qualification requirements for certification vary by state. Typically, the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, or another appropriate state agency, governs veterinary technician credentialing. Some states require licensure, registration, or accreditation. In some cases, you can transfer your qualification between States if both use the same examination.
In 2004, there were 101 fully accredited veterinary technician courses, campus-based and online, available in 43 States and Canada according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). There are a small number with provisional accreditation. States, which require licensure, may expect you to pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination before issuing you a license.
Examinations and training vary a little between schools, however typical subjects of study may include a variety of classroom-based topics and practical skills. Online courses may provide you with the clinical skills and may allow you to be sponsored by a licensed Veterinarian. This period of hands-on training is called a preceptorship, practicum, or externship, and is a critical component of accredited veterinary technician certification programs.
Pursuing veterinary technician certification, may have better job prospects. Your vet tech responsibilities may include:
- Obtaining and recording patient case histories
- Providing specialized nursing care
- Preparing animals, instruments, and equipment for surgery
- Assisting in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures
- Performing dental prophylaxes
- Collecting specimens and performing laboratory procedures
- Advising and educating animal owners
- Supervising and training practice personnel
- Eexposing and developing radiographs
San Joaquin Valley College is an accredited private junior college committed to the professional success of its students and graduates.
Founded in 1977, SJVC has campuses located throughout California-including an Online division and offers a variety of accelerated Certificate and Associate of Science degree programs in the business, medical and technical fields.
Students benefit from a balance of classroom instruction and real-world experience, learning the skills they need to go straight to work in todays competitive job market.
- Veterinary Technology