Vet Tech vs. Veterinary Assistant – What’s the Difference?

Certification Yes, there is a BIG difference between vet techs and vet assistants. Vet techs need to pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam and get certified in their respective states. Fully certified veterinary technicians carry the following formal job titles depending on their state: RVT, LVT or CVT. Vet assistants DO NOT need to pass […]

What Education is Needed to Become a Vet Tech?

Typically, entry-level veterinary technician positions require at minimum a two-year associate degree. There are more than 100 schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (see: What is the AVMA?) where interested individuals can prepare for this exciting and rewarding career choice. In these programs, courses are taught in clinical and laboratory settings using live […]

Attend Vet Tech School at Home (Distance Learning)

If you are a lifelong animal lover, who really cares about your pet, maybe you should consider taking that level of loving attention to the professional arena by becoming a veterinary technician. This is an exciting profession that the U.S. Department of Labor reports is heavily in demand through the next decade. Plus, you can […]

Vet Tech Job Description & Duties

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (see: What is the AVMA?), a “veterinary technician is an integral member of the veterinary health care team.” (1) What does veterinary technician really mean? Duties This is someone trained in the care of animals who performs clinical work under the supervision of a veterinarian in private practice […]

How to Get Your Vet Tech Degree Debt Free

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the median wage for a Vet Tech in 2006 was $12.88 per hour. That computes to an annual salary for a full time Vet Tech around $27,000. While that is a good starting salary for a new graduate, it does not leave much room in the budget for debt […]

Your Vet Tech School Needs to be Accredited

The last thing you want to do is throw money at a training program becoming a vet tech that won’t help you net a job. When you surf the net looking for a vet tech program to gain the necessary knowledge and skills needed for this career path, you need to find a vet tech […]

Demand for Vet Techs Keeps Rising

The need for qualified veterinary technicians will continue to outweigh the supply through 2016 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The employment rate is expected to grow by 41 percent. The number of available jobs will top 100,000 by 2016. This occupation need reflects a much faster growth rate than the average employment […]

What is the Difference Between a Vet Tech and a Vet Assistant?

NOTE: There is a newer version of this article. Please update your bookmarks to: Vet Tech vs. Veterinary Assistant – What are the Differences? People looking for careers working with animals have quite a few options from which to choose. For the really ambitious, there is a long road leading to become a Doctor of […]

Is Becoming a Vet Tech a Good Career?

Veterinary technicians are similar to registered nurses who work in hospitals. These professionals in veterinary medicine perform the same type of clinical duties such as taking blood or tissue samples, administering medicine through injections, conducting lab tests and assisting Veterinarians (DVMs) with surgical procedures and other animal medical related techniques. Salary Outlook The average salary […]

5 Personal Qualities of a Vet Tech

A Veterinarian Technician is trained to be the veterinarian’s nurse. Just like nurses that treat human patients, a vet tech must complete the proper education and certification before starting work. However, just having the right qualifications is not enough to be an in-demand vet tech. Animals and their owners alike will appreciate a vet tech […]