How Much Training Do I Need to be a Vet Tech?

Depending upon your level of desire and you ability to keep on task, you have basically two course choices for gaining entry to the world of veterinary medicine as a technician. Two-year associate degree courses are available for short attention span candidates. For the “got to have it all” crowd, there’s a bachelor’s degree waiting after four full years of study.

Longer Leads to Larger Loot
If you have the time, and some depth of commitment, opt for a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology. It will give you more money – and considerable more choices within the vet tech field. Most working vet techs, however, choose an accredited two-year program. At least as a start.

They Blinded Me with Science
Regardless the choice, your education will be conducted in a clinical setting with exposure to live animals. Be prepared for all the aspects associated with becoming a vet tech such as a lot of science schooling as well as some physically grueling long, hard days dedicated to the care of animals. That scientific schooling will include biology, anatomy, physiology plus some chemistry and math as well.

Not Just Talking to the Animals
A good vet tech also acquires good communication skills. Although working with animals is your goal, dealing with pet owners will be a daily reality. Many pet owners have unbridled passion for pets and emotions can run hot and heavy when communicating care details.

It takes a special touch.

Penn Foster College
A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology
Penn Foster College - Distance Learning Program
Become a vet tech in as little as 1 year. The Penn Foster Veterinary Technician associate degree program is fully accredited by the AVMA.
Request Information
  • how much schooling to be a vet tech
  • how much education does a vet tech need
  • It depends on the owner.But it is POSSIBLE.But a lot has to do with the care and kneldowge of the owner.Those who have good long experience with animals are usually the ones who can take care of a pet without seeing a vet.BUT,the animal will most likely only live up to its AVERAGE life span but not its MAXIMUM life span,which are two very different things.I will not write a long answer to you as I know it will bore you and I will be out of topic.Just to simply answer your question:YES,it is possible for an animal to live a good long and healthy life without any vet appointments.cheers!