Is becoming a veterinary technician right for me?
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How to become a Veterinary Technician
Those interested in becoming veterinary technicians are advised to take high school classes in mathematics and the sciences (particularly biology).
After completing high school, graduating with an associate degree from an accredited program in veterinary technology is required (there are more than 230 accredited programs available in the US - some are available online).
Most states require veterinary technicians to pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) in order to practice as registered veterinary technicians (RVT), licensed veterinary technicians (LVT), or certified veterinary technicians (CVT).
Note - there is a difference between a veterinary technician and a veterinary technologist. Veterinary technicians have completed a two-year Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology, while veterinary technologists have completed a four-year bachelor's degree. Earning an associate degree and becoming a veterinary technician allows graduates to enter the workforce sooner and quickly learn entry-level job duties.
Responsibilities as a veterinary technologist are more advanced and involved. Positions in laboratory settings, research facilities, or with large organizations such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will require a bachelor’s degree.
Both technicians and technologists must become registered, licensed, or certified depending on their state requirements. Individuals should check with their veterinary state board for accredited programs in their own state, as well as educational requirements for licensure.