Veterinary technicians have a passion for animals, and typically work closely with veterinarians, managing anesthesia and giving medication. They also help perform examinations, draw blood, and help complete lab work. Duties vary widely, dictated by the type of facility in which the technician works. Employment possibilities include veterinary offices, zoos, and diagnostic laboratories.
A career as a veterinary technician requires graduation from an accredited veterinary medical technology program to earn either certification or a degree.
Graduation from one of these programs develops an understanding of veterinary practices, including surgical procedures and lab techniques.
Veterinary technician programs prepare graduates for a career in treating animals. Throughout studies, students become familiar with veterinary terminology, medical procedures, animal nutrition, and proper animal handling protocol. They also learn the ins and outs of a veterinary clinic environment, from both a management and practitioner perspective.
Common courses include:
Skills acquired include:
To become a licensed veterinary technician in North Carolina, you must pass the North Carolina Veterinary Technician State Exam. The exam is administered by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, and consists of 100 multiple choice questions revolving around the practice of veterinary medicine.
To meet eligibility requirements, students must graduate from an American Veterinary Medical Association accredited program and provide a transcript. In addition, you must pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam.
You may not take the exam during the months of November and December.
Schools for Vet Techs in North Carolina are listed below.
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|Alamance Community College||Graham||Associate||3,925|
|Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College||Asheville||Associate||6,408|
|Central Carolina Community College||Sanford||Associate||4,603|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for North Carolina. 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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