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Veterinary Technician Certification

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. employment opportunities for veterinary technicians (or vet techs) is expected to grow 52 percent from 2010 - 2020 much faster than the average for all occupations.

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
Request free veterinary technician certification information from the schools listed on Veterinary Technicians Schools.
Employment of veterinary technologists and technicians is expected to grow 52 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.
 
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