Florida Veterinary Technician Schools and Training Programs

Career Information for Vet Techs in Florida

Veterinary technicians play a vital role in ensuring pets receive the best career possible. If you choose this career path, you could work in clinics, hospitals, animal rescue shelters, and even zoos. As a vet tech, you can take numerous career paths once you've completed your education. Just some employers you could consider include:

  • Critical Animal Care Centers
  • Zoos
  • Veterinary Care Centers
  • Veterinary Research
  • Veterinary Dental Centers

Florida Veterinary Technician Schools

Most veterinary technician schools in Florida offer a two-year associate degree. There are some that offer a four-year bachelor's degree program too. If you are interested in becoming a vet technician or enrolling in a training program, you will need a high school diploma or GED. You should also consider taking biology and other science courses in high school.

To meet the expectations of the AVMA, you should find an accredited program. The following are vet tech schools in Florida are accredited:

  • City College-Hollywood: Located in Hollywood, Florida, this program includes 270 externship hours, 1330 lecture and lab hours, and includes 115 credits spread over nine quarters.
  • Eastern Florida State College: Includes a two-year associate degree through full and part-time enrollment.
  • Florida A&M University: Offers two years focusing on core animal science and helps students prepare for the national certification examination.
  • Miami-Dade College: Includes 73 credits resulting in an associate degree. Students must attend full-time at 40 hours per week and complete 400 hours of clinical exposure to graduate.
  • Heritage Institute-Fort Myers: Focuses on a curriculum designed to help students prepare for the Veterinary Technician National Examination.

What to Expect from Florida Vet Tech Programs

Vet tech schools in Florida are all designed to prepare you to take and pass your national examinations. These programs help you with your technical and critical thinking skills, give you hands-on experience, and help you develop in-depth knowledge for patient care.

Some technician skills that you will be exposed to during your education include:

  • Operating laboratory equipment
  • Medication guidelines for animals
  • Preparing and positioning animals for diagnostic tests
  • Performing procedures on reptiles, avian, and amphibians
  • Understanding large and small breed animals
  • Providing postoperative care
  • Sterilizing surgical equipment and laboratory equipment
  • Front office procedures
  • Recording animal histories
  • Collecting blood and tissue samples
  • Metabolism, diet, and nutrition for all animals

Florida Veterinary Technician License

Vet techs typically seek out licensing in order to work in the state of Florida. Your school or program should give you the proper details on licensing, but typically here are the steps on how to get your Florida vet tech license:

  1. Graduate from an accredited American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) program with an associate degree. These programs are approved as a prerequisite for taking your Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).
  2. Pass the VTNE to work in Florida. While it is optional, it is essential if you want to seek professional certification. Also, if you plan to move to another state, having your VTNE will allow you to go to a facility outside of Florida.
  3. Lastly, you must certify through the Florida Veterinary Technician Association (FVTA). This is the certifying body used for Florida technicians. Licensing isn't required to practice, but most employers will look for a certification to establish your competency.

The FVTA requires that you renew your license every two years. You must also show proof of at least 15 continuing education credits during those two years to renew. All renewals must be completed by January 31st of the new year; otherwise, you will encounter a late fee.

Resources for Vet Techs in Florida


  1. Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Assistants, AVMA, https://www.avma.org/public/YourVet/Pages/techs-and-assistants.aspx, accessed September 17, 2016
  2. Veterinary Technologist and Technicians, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/veterinary-technologists-and-technicians.htm#tab-4, accessed September 17, 2016
  3. Veterinary Technologist and Technicians, O-Net OnLine, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2056.00, accessed September 17, 2016

Schools for Vet Techs in Florida are listed below.

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More Florida Veterinary Technician Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Brevard Community College Cocoa Associate 14,496
Central Florida Community College Ocala Associate 6,210
Daytona State College Daytona Beach Bachelor 13,675
Hillsborough Community College Tampa Associate 22,621
Lake City Community College Lake City Associate 2,849
Miami Dade College Miami Bachelor 54,094
St Petersburg College Clearwater Bachelor 25,450

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Vet Techs

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Florida. 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, 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.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Gainesville 320 $34470 3.7
Homosassa Springs 60 $27150 2.99
Jacksonville 670 $28940 1.54
Cape Coral 280 $32160 1.69
Fort Myers 280 $32160 1.69
Crestview 120 $29430 1.68
Fort Walton Beach 120 $29430 1.68
Destin 120 $29430 1.68
Deltona 230 $30870 1.8
Daytona Beach 230 $30870 1.8
Ormond Beach 230 $30870 1.8
Orlando 830 $28560 1.07
Kissimmee 830 $28560 1.07
Sanford 830 $28560 1.07
Palm Bay 200 $28310 1.46
Melbourne 200 $28310 1.46
Titusville 200 $28310 1.46
Panama City 60 $26050 1.07
Pensacola 180 $29640 1.63
Ferry Pass 180 $29640 1.63
Brent 180 $29640 1.63
Port St. Lucie 310 $31470 3.33
Punta Gorda 80 $29300 2.74
Lakeland 200 $27440 1.42
Winter Haven 200 $27440 1.42
Miami 2030 $33590 1.2
Fort Lauderdale 2030 $33590 1.2
West Palm Beach 2030 $33590 1.2
Naples 210 $35640 2.25
Immokalee 210 $35640 2.25
Marco Island 210 $35640 2.25
North Port 350 $31940 1.84
Sarasota 350 $31940 1.84
Bradenton 350 $31940 1.84
Ocala 210 $25130 3.16
Sebastian 80 $28740 2.54
Vero Beach 80 $28740 2.54
Tallahassee 350 $24240 3.13
Tampa 1360 $28250 1.61
St. Petersburg 1360 $28250 1.61
Clearwater 1360 $28250 1.61
The Villages 50 $33700 2.84
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