Aspiring animal health technicians can enroll in veterinary technology programs at community colleges and technical schools.
Schools with Animal Health Technician Programs
Some animal health technician programs in the United States are offered at the institutions listed here.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Allan Hancock College||Santa Maria, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $1,346; Out-of-state $6,750|
|Colby Community College||Colby, KS||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $3,300; Out-of-state $4,920|
|Crowder College||Neosho, MS||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $3,312; Out-of-state $3,312|
|Eastern Florida State College||Cocoa, FL||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate's||In-state $2,496; Out-of-state $9,739|
|Foothill College||Los Altos Hills, CA||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $1,551; Out-of-state $8,391|
|Gaston College||Dallas, NC||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $2,562; Out-of-state $8,708|
|Johnson College||Scranton, PA||2-year, Private not-for-profit||Associate's||$17,614|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate's||In-state $2,834; Out-of-state $9,661|
|Palo Alto College||San Antonio, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $5,550; Out-of-state $10,740|
*Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
When choosing an animal health technician program, there are several things to consider.
- Graduation from an AVMA-accredited program qualifies students to sit for the certification examination required by all states (www.bls.gov). Students are encouraged to verify that the chosen school's curriculum covers all required topics for credentialing.
- Clinical opportunities, such as small animal care or large animal treatment, may provide specialized training. Other clinical internships may be performed at radiology, surgical and research facilities.
- A few schools offer distance learning opportunities with courses available online. Distance learners may need access to video recording equipment for visual documentation of assignment completion.
Certificate for Animal Health Technicians
Certificate programs may be offered to students directly out of high school or as continuing education options for current animal health technicians. Programs may be completed in 3-12 months, with classes offered each semester or once per year. Classes may be available online. Certificate programs require clinical practice or an internship.
Associate Degree for Animal Health Technicians
A 2-year associate degree program for veterinary technicians includes general education and core animal health education. Most associate degree programs require clinical experiences through affiliated veterinary clinics or animal hospitals.
A career as a veterinary technician, or animal health technician, can be pursued with a certificate or associate's degree. Veterinary technician programs must be AVMA-accredited so that students can qualify for state licensing after graduation.