Veterinarian Programs

Many veterinary technician programs offer both part time and full time schooling. There are 191 AVMA (American Veterinary Medicine Association) accredited veterinary technician programs; 170 are 2-year programs, 21 are 4-year programs, and 9 are distance learning programs.

Students wishing to attend a veterinary technician/technologist program should take as many high school science and math classes as possible. Some schools may require prerequisite general education courses prior to admittance, while others will offer the courses as part of their curriculum. Some of the general educations courses you will complete are communication courses, college algebra, and social/behavioral science courses. Some early courses pertaining to the veterinary degree will be: animal anatomy, animal physiology, animal nutrition, veterinary medical terminology and small animal diseases. Advanced courses in veterinary medicine you can expect to take are: veterinary surgical nursing, anesthesia, surgery and radiology, large animal diseases and emergency medicine for animals as well as other courses and labs.

Specialized Veterinary Tech Programs

Veterinary technicians and technologist can also specialize in a particular area of veterinary medicine. NAVTA (National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America) has approved these specific disciplines, referred to as a 'society' or 'academy'. Available society specialties are: Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians, The American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians, Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. Available academy specialties are: Veterinary Dental Technicians, Veterinary Technician Anesthetists, Veterinary Zoological Medicine Technicians, Veterinary Nutrition Technicians, amongst others.

After graduating from a veterinary technician or technologist program one must take a state exam to become credentialed or licensed to work as a veterinary technician.

Veterinary assistants are not required to have any education to work in a veterinary practice. Many will receive on the job training by the veterinarian and veterinary technicians in the practice. They do not have the same responsibility as a technician and must be supervised by either a veterinarian or veterinary technician.