Veterinary technicians play a vital role in ensuring pets receive the best care possible. If you choose this career path, you could work in clinics, hospitals, animal rescue shelters, and even zoos. As a vet tech, you can take numerous career paths once you've completed your education. Just some employers you could consider include:
Most veterinary technician schools in Florida offer a two-year associate degree. There are some that offer a four-year bachelor's degree program too. If you are interested in becoming a vet technician or enrolling in a training program, you will need a high school diploma or GED. You should also consider taking biology and other science courses in high school.
To meet the expectations of the AVMA, you should find an accredited program. The following are vet tech schools in Florida are accredited:
Vet tech schools in Florida are all designed to prepare you to take and pass your national examinations. These programs help you with your technical and critical thinking skills, give you hands-on experience, and help you develop in-depth knowledge for patient care.
Some technician skills that you will be exposed to during your education include:
Vet techs typically seek out licensing in order to work in the state of Florida. Your school or program should give you the proper details on licensing, but typically here are the steps on how to get your Florida vet tech license:
The FVTA requires that you renew your license every two years. You must also show proof of at least 15 continuing education credits during those two years to renew. All renewals must be completed by January 31st of the new year; otherwise, you will encounter a late fee.
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 Florida. 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
Annual Median Salary
|Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach||1360||$35,450|
|Port St. Lucie||180||$30,780|
|Cape Coral-Fort Myers||270||$36,900|
|Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin||120||$28,990|
|Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach||290||$31,160|