Become a Veterinary Technician
Compiled by Stuart L. Porter, VMD
Blue Ridge Community College
In order to take the Veterinary Technicians Licensing Exam in Virginia, you must be a graduate of an AVMA accredited veterinary Technology Program. As of 2007, nationally there are 150 programs accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
A complete list may be seen at www.avma.org/education/default.asp .
Students may receive transfer credits for general education courses such as English, chemistry, and psychology, which would decrease the tuition for the program. Other costs include books, living expenses, and supplies.
Distance education programs
There are nine distant learning programs accredited by the AVMA. Two are located in Virginia and thus tuition is less for Virginia residents, then it is for those that are out-of-state. See the links below for the list of schools and contact information.
In-state distance education programs Blue Ridge Community College- fully accredited 2011
Veterinary Technology Distance Education program is currently transmitted live via compressed video (seen over television) to Virginia Beach (Tidewater Community College), Roanoke (Virginia Western Community College) and Richmond (John Tyler Community College, Midlothian campus).
Applicants must have completed the general education courses elsewhere.
For more information:Northern Virginia Community College
PO Box 80
Weyers Cave, VA 24486
540-234-9261, ext 2326 to request an application
New this year, NVCC will be accepting a new online class annually. Interested candidates should consult the program's website for further information: http://www.nvcc.edu/loudoun/scidiv/VTech/
If you have any questions about the online program, please contact Rachna Prakash for more information: 703-450-2525 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please remember that the majority of veterinary technology students learn about this field from veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Please encourage qualified employees, clients, and high school students to pursue this field.