The love and desire to help animals is the main reason most people become involved in the veterinary industry. But there are so many option to search through in order to find useful information and for guidance on where to start. We summarized here 5 points to consider regarding your Veterinary Technician training options:
- How much does the program cost?
VTI’s program for veterinary technician is $4,400. Learn more here
Compare to the Veterinary Technician degree programs in the United States, which range from $6,083 to $29,100.40 in tuition costs for the fall of 2016.
- How long will the program take to complete?
Most programs range 2 to 3 years in length in order to complete non-veterinary academic requirements, and may involve unpaid part-time employment, with placement unassisted. Start times are usually offered a couple of times each year. Attending an online program may allow you to complete your program more quickly, with more options for start dates. Choose carefully though, to ensure that the online program integrates concept training with hands-on application to provide a comprehensive educational program.
VTI’s program for veterinary technician takes 20 weeks to complete and you can start anytime. Clinic placement assistance is provided, and students can get paid by the practice while they learn in their program of study. Learn more here
- What do I need to do to apply?
Most programs have similar admission requirements which include the following: a high school diploma or equivalent or official transcripts, several credit hours of college math and science or successful completion of high school algebra and biology with a laboratory, application forms, observation in a veterinary hospital, admission essay and letter of reference from a veterinarian or veterinary technician.
VTI’s registration process is designed for easy enrollment and immediate start. Learn more here
- What is the goal of my education?
Veterinary technicians need to experience a combination of hands-on capabilities as well as develop a core knowledge base in veterinary studies. The educational experience for the vet tech student should focus on gaining both sides of educational learning, and include career development assistance. Students more focused on the credential may consider broadening their studies to include completing general education requirements within an associate’s degree program.
VTI’s Small Animal Technician program combines clinic experience with a customary vet tech focused on small animal studies. Learn more here
- Does this career allow me to afford the lifestyle I would like?
Veterinarian Technicians can have very rewarding jobs and there are great outlooks for the industry, but there can also be long hours and emotionally draining situations. Be sure to research the pros and cons of the industry and find people working within the field to discuss your interest and decide if the demands of the job fit with your goals for the future.
VTI’s New Student Orientation can provide you a comprehensive overview of a career in veterinary medicine. Learn more here