How to Select a Veterinary Tech School
Most veterinary tech programs culminate in a 2-year Associate of Science (A.S.). Of the 231 schools offering veterinary technology programs in 2014, only 23 offer 4-year programs resulting in a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Students interested in working in a management role or pursuing an advanced degree in veterinary medicine would benefit most from a B.S. program in veterinary technology.
Further considerations for students in this field:
- A key component of education and training for veterinary technicians and technologists takes place in the lab and through clinical rotations. The quality, size and reputation of a school's facilities are important considerations for many students.
- Smaller class size typically means more one-on-one attention and personalized feedback. In fields like veterinary technology, much of the learning process is focused on directly observing and working with instructors and licensed veterinarians.
The core coursework of veterinary technology programs includes topics in animal anatomy, animal nursing, medical terminology and animal physiology. Additional courses may cover the administrative side of the job, such as office procedures. A significant amount of hands-on training will take place as well, primarily in the final year of the program.
Schools with Veterinary Technology Degree Programs
|Miami Dade College||4-year, primarily associate's, Public|
|Hillsborough Community College||2-year, Public|
|Michigan State University||4-year, Public|
|Northern Virginia Community College||2-year, Public|
|Purdue University||4-year, Public|
|Lone Star College System||2-year, Public|
|Pima Community College||2-year, Public|
|Mt. San Antonio College||2-year, Public|
|St. Petersburg College||4-year, primarily associate's, Public|
|Portland Community College||2-year, Public|