Is becoming a veterinary technologist right for me?
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How to become a Veterinary Technologist
Those interested in becoming veterinary technologists are advised to take high school classes in mathematics and the sciences (particularly biology).
After completing high school, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Technology from an accredited program is required (there are more than 230 accredited programs available in the US - some are available online).
Note - there is a difference between a veterinary technologist and a veterinary technician. Veterinary technologists have completed a four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology, while veterinary technicians have completed a two-year associate degree.
Earning an associate degree can be a good first step into the field. It allows you to enter the workforce sooner and quickly learn entry-level job duties. If you decide to pursue more education, you’ll find your responsibilities as a veterinary technologist will be more advanced. Both technologists and technicians 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.