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Veterinary schools in Arizona teach students the basics of animal care in addition to the technical skills required to keep animals healthy and safe. Veterinary technicians perform a wide range of tasks that improve the life of animals under the care of a licensed veterinarian, including:

  • Observing animals and their health
  • Providing nursing care and first aid to sick or injured animals
  • Collecting laboratory samples for various testing
  • Taking X-rays and developing them, as needed
  • Preparing animals and instruments or surgery or in-office procedures
  • Administering medicines and treatments under the supervision of a veterinarian

Veterinary schools in Arizona also prepare students to become a Certified Veterinary Technician, or CVT. In the state of Arizona, students who hope to become a CVT should pursue an Associate's degree from an accredited veterinary technology program. Upon completion of their program, they need to pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (NTNE) and submit a formal application to the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board to become certified.

Fast Facts for Veterinary Technicians in Arizona

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2,320 veterinary technologists and technicians were employed in Arizona in 2014. The following Arizona regions employed the majority of these workers that year:

  • Phoenix - Mesa - Glendale: 1,380
  • Prescott: 80
  • Lake Havasu City - Kingman: 60
  • Flagstaff: 60
  • Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area: 40

Because of the ongoing demand for animal care, veterinary technicians in Arizona should remain in demand. According to U.S. Department of Labor figures, employment for veterinary technicians and technologists in the state could increase by as much as 25.3 percent through 2022.

Salaries for Veterinary Technicians in Arizona

Bureau of Labor Statistics figures show that veterinary technicians in Arizona earn respectable wages. As of 2014, the annual mean wage for these workers was $28,110 in Arizona, which works out to approximately $13.51 per hour.

Some industries paid veterinary technologists and technicians more on average, however. On a national level, the following industries paid the most in 2014:

  • Management of Companies and Enterprises: $56,050
  • Federal Executive Branch: $49,940
  • State Government: $43,240
  • Local Government: $42,350
  • Scientific Research and Development Services: $41,110

Metro Areas for Salary and Popularity

Region

Employment per 1,000 Residents

Annual Mean Wage in 2014

Phoenix - Mesa - Glendale

0.75

$29,060

Prescott

1.46

$30,420

Lake Havasu City - Kingman

1.32

$29,110

Flagstaff

1.09

$27,480

Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area

0.67

$35,310

Sources:

  1. Licensing, Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board, https://vetboard.az.gov/licensing
  2. Long Term Occupational Projections, Projections Central, http://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
  3. May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Arizona, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_az.htm
  4. Veterinary Technologists and Technicians, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/veterinary-technologists-and-technicians.htm#tab-1
  5. Veterinary Technologists and Technicians, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292056.htm
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Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Kingman
Associate
5,879
Tucson
Associate
32,982
Mesa
Associate
958
Tucson
Associate
900

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Vet Techs

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Arizona. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Vet Techs

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Vet Techs relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Flagstaff 60 $27,160
Phoenix 1200 $31,770
Mesa 1200 $31,770
Scottsdale 1200 $31,770
Prescott 100 $29,950
Lake Havasu City 60 $30,110
Kingman 60 $30,110
Tucson 670 $23,280

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