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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.

North Carolina Veterinary Technician Schools

A career as a veterinary technician requires graduation from an accredited veterinary medical technology program to earn either certification or a degree.

  • Alamance Community College: Located in Graham, NC, this community college features two locations and offers several 1-year and 2-year degree programs. The school also houses an Animal Care Club, ideal for all aspiring veterinary technicians.

  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College: This Asheville coeducational community college offers a number of veterinary technology courses. Students can pursue degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

  • Central Carolina Community College: A 2-year college in Sanford, NC, Central Carolina Community College offers a variety of degree programs, as well as adult education courses and vocational training. The school also houses several sports teams, and is a Region X, Division III member of the National Junior College Athletic Association

  • Davidson County Community College: A multi-campus community college with locations in Lexington and Thomasville. Students can enroll in the school's veterinary assistant program to prepare for a career in the field. DCCC houses one of the top vet schools in North Carolina.

  • Gaston College: Located in Dallas, NC, this fully accredited community college has one of the largest yearly enrollment rates in the state. The college offers several degrees and training programs, in addition to a variety of clubs.

Graduation from one of these programs develops an understanding of veterinary practices, including surgical procedures and lab techniques.

What to Expect from North Carolina Vet Tech Programs

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:

  • Applied Animal Behavior
  • Veterinary Medical Terminology
  • Animal Handling
  • Animal Feeds and Nutrition
  • Health Care for Animals

Skills acquired include:

  • Proper animal handling
  • Knowledge of veterinary terminology
  • Proficiency with veterinary medical procedures
  • Knowledge of animal nutrition
  • Knowledge of animal psychology

North Carolina Veterinary Technician License

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.

Resources for Vet Techs in North Carolina

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More North Carolina Veterinary Technician Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Graham
Associate
3,925
Asheville
Associate
6,408
Sanford
Associate
4,603
Dallas
Associate
5,718

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Vet Techs

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.

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.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Asheville 260 $31,600
Jacksonville N/A $29,840
Durham 130 $35,430
Chapel Hill 130 $35,430
Fayetteville 90 $28,060
Goldsboro N/A $26,600
Greensboro 180 $31,810
High Point 180 $31,810
Greenville 50 $27,970
Hickory 70 $29,860
Lenoir 70 $29,860
Morganton 70 $29,860
Raleigh 750 $30,800
Wilmington 230 $25,200
Winston 240 $28,150
Salem 240 $28,150

Sources:

  1. Animal Care and Management Technology, Alamance Community College, https://www.alamancecc.edu/health-and-public-services-site/animal-care-and-management-technology/?pr=1&cp=11, accessed September 16, 2016.
  2. Veterinary Technician Exams, North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, http://www.ncvmb.org/exams_tech.html, accessed September 16, 2016.
  3. Veterinary Technologists and Technicians, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/veterinary-technologists-and-technicians.htm, accessed September 16, 2016.

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