Generally speaking, veterinary technicians assist veterinarians in animal care facilities, and are trained in all aspects of animal care and handling. Their job responsibilities typically include assisting with examinations, medical procedures, surgeries, and anesthesia. Vet techs often interact with pet owners, and may sometimes perform laboratory or administrative tasks.
Several schools in Colorado offer veterinary technician programs for students who want to pursue a formal education in the field. Here are four Colorado schools with vet tech programs:
For the most part, veterinary technician programs aim to prepare students to work in veterinary practices, hospitals, clinics, zoos, farms, biomedical research facilities, or university laboratories. They typically provide students with training in laboratory techniques, surgical procedures, and general animal care. Many schools also offer opportunities for hands-on field experience through externships or clinical work in veterinary clinics or hospitals.
While enrolled in a vet tech program, students can expect to study the following topics:
Veterinary technician programs usually require two years of class work and field experience. Most are designed to help prepare students for national and state certification exams, and upon graduation from an accredited program, students are eligible to sit for those exams.
Veterinary technicians must be certified to work in the state of Colorado. To obtain state certification, techs must first complete an accredited veterinary technician program and pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination. Upon successful completion of the VTNE, techs can then apply for state certification. Techs who are certified in another state, or who have recently passed the VTNE in another state, may apply for transfer certification in Colorado.
Schools for Vet Techs in Colorado are listed below.
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This list also contains online schools that accept students from Colorado.
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology||Denver||Associate||644|
|Colorado Mountain College||Glenwood Springs||Associate||5,206|
|Community College of Denver||Denver||Associate||8,359|
|Front Range Community College||Westminster||Associate||15,270|
|Pima Medical Institute Denver||Denver||Associate||922|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Colorado. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.
Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Vet Techs relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.
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