Veterinary technicians typically work in animal care facilities and assist veterinarians with tasks related to surgical and medical procedures. They work closely with animals and are required to be trained in animal care and handling techniques. They may also perform medical, examination, and laboratory procedures, and are often required to interact with clients and pet owners. Sometimes, they handle administrative functions as well.
There are several schools in Delaware that offer training programs for prospective veterinary technicians. Here are three institutions with vet tech programs:
The goal of most veterinary technician programs is to prepare students to work in veterinary practices, hospitals, clinics, zoos, university laboratories, or other facilities where animals are cared for. Programs typically train students in medical, surgical, and lab procedures. They also often include a hands-on field experience component via internships in veterinary clinics or hospitals.
While enrolled in a vet tech program, students can expect to learn about:
Veterinary technician programs often require two years of class work and field experience. Additional coursework beyond the vet tech core may add another year or more to the program. Most vet tech programs in Delaware are designed to prepare students for national certification exams, and upon graduation from an accredited program, students are eligible to sit for those exams.
Veterinary technicians must be licensed by the Delaware Board of Veterinary Medicine in order to work in the state. To obtain state licensure, techs must first complete an accredited veterinary technician program and successfully pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination. Vet techs who hold a license in another state may obtain a Delaware license, but previously licensed techs who do not hold a current license will need to retake the VTNE to qualify for a license in the state.
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 Delaware. 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
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