Veterinary technicians are responsible for performing medical tests in order to diagnose illnesses and injuries in various types of animals. These professionals in the animal medical field work under the supervision of licensed veterinarians in animal hospitals and private clinics. Qualified vet techs may also use their skills in a laboratory setting and with animal rescue missions.
A variety of specialty schools in Alabama can equip students for the required licensing exam as well as prepare them with skills related to animal handling, hospital and laboratory procedures, and surgical preparation. The vet tech schools in Alabama listed below are just a few of the statewide options available for those interested in a veterinary career.
Veterinary technicians must have a love for animals and be committed to providing the best medical attention to all creatures under their care. Training at accredited institutions in Alabama will include courses in:
Additional learning will take place during vet tech clinics, which will allow students to practice clinical tasks at a pre-approved medical site.
In order to obtain a license as a veterinary technician in Alabama, applicants must first complete all required classes at an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited institution and secure the appropriate diploma. An application for licensure can then be obtained from the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, which includes a form to be signed by the dean of the institution.
Applicants will then take an AVMA approved National Licensing Examination; after successfully passing the exam and meeting all other requirements for licensure, the applicant will be granted a state license as a vet tech.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Alabama. 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. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org
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