Veterinary schools in Arizona teach students the basics of animal care in addition to the technical skills required to keep animals healthy and safe. Veterinary technicians perform a wide range of tasks that improve the life of animals under the care of a licensed veterinarian, including:
Veterinary schools in Arizona also prepare students to become a Certified Veterinary Technician, or CVT. In the state of Arizona, students who hope to become a CVT should pursue an Associate's degree from an accredited veterinary technology program. Upon completion of their program, they need to pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (NTNE) and submit a formal application to the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board to become certified.
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2,320 veterinary technologists and technicians were employed in Arizona in 2014. The following Arizona regions employed the majority of these workers that year:
Because of the ongoing demand for animal care, veterinary technicians in Arizona should remain in demand. According to U.S. Department of Labor figures, employment for veterinary technicians and technologists in the state could increase by as much as 25.3 percent through 2022.
Bureau of Labor Statistics figures show that veterinary technicians in Arizona earn respectable wages. As of 2014, the annual mean wage for these workers was $28,110 in Arizona, which works out to approximately $13.51 per hour.
Some industries paid veterinary technologists and technicians more on average, however. On a national level, the following industries paid the most in 2014:
Employment per 1,000 Residents
Annual Mean Wage in 2014
Phoenix - Mesa - Glendale
Lake Havasu City - Kingman
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area
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 Arizona. 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.
2016 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
Annual Median Salary
|Lake Havasu City-Kingman||60||$32,560|