Vet Tech Salaries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, 2013), employment of veterinary technologists and technicians is expected to grow 30% nationally through the year 2022. Visit the BLS web page to learn the average pay and employment statistics for the state in which you expect to work. The national average wage for veterinary technologists and technicians is $31,760.

Your job search begins as soon as your education. The many contacts made in the DE program are the place to start searching for a job, including but not limited to your final internship.

Once you get an Associate’s degree, you will be eligible to take the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Examination). The exam is three hours long, has 150 questions, and costs $300. Only graduates from an accredited veterinary technician program (including the DE programs) may apply for the VTNE, which is why it is important that you attend an accredited school. The added importance to DE students is that this is a national examination, and is designed to demonstrate your competency to work in clinics across the country. The passing rate for DE students compares favorably with rates for students from on-campus programs in all states.

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The licensing requirements vary widely between states. In some states, you are qualified to begin work as soon as you pass the VTNE. Other states require licensing by a state board. Some states require that you pass a state board exam and be licensed.

Continuing education requirements vary as well. Some states require no continuing education to keep your license. The typical requirement is five to fifteen continuing education credits per year to maintain licensure.