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How will your veterinary technician education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a veterinary technician degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. The US has 242 brick and mortar veterinary technician schools.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had veterinary technician programs were:

  1. Michigan State University - located in East Lansing, Michigan
  2. Purdue University-Main Campus - located in West Lafayette, Indiana
  3. Johnson College - located in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Student Demographics

In the US, 5,840 students graduated from veterinary technician programs in 2010. Of these students, 1,538 graduated from certificate programs in veterinary technology and 4,302 graduated from undergraduate programs in veterinary technology.


Students can pursue education in veterinary technology at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology
  • Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Technology
  • Certificate in Veterinary Technology

The skills and/or knowledge that veterinary technician students can expect to gain during the course of their veterinary technician education are:

  • Multi-tasking
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Observation
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Computer Skills


The average tuition at veterinary technician schools around the nation was $12,563 per year in 2010. The following veterinary technician schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Otterbein University - located in Westerville, Ohio, students paid $27,321
  2. Wilson College - located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, students paid $26,930
  3. Mount Ida College - located in Newton Center, Massachusetts, students paid $23,335

The following veterinary technician schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Navajo Technical College - located in Crownpoint, New Mexico, students paid $1,555
  2. Pickens Technical College - located in Aurora, Colorado, students paid $2,106
  3. Colby Community College - located in Colby, Kansas, students paid $2,720

How will your veterinary technician job compare?

A large number of veterinary technology majors work as veterinary technicians after graduation. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 79,870 veterinary technicians working in the US. The following states have the largest number of veterinary technicians:

  1. California - 9,210 Veterinary Technicians
  2. Texas - 6,760 Veterinary Technicians
  3. Florida - 6,170 Veterinary Technicians

Projected Growth

The number of veterinary technicians is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Virginia - 46%
  2. Oklahoma - 43%
  3. Rhode Island - 42%


A veterinary technician in the US earns $29,140 per year on average. However, the salary for a veterinary technician can greatly vary based on factors such as seniority, your employer or work conditions. Approximately 10 percent of veterinary technicians earn less than $15,470 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $68,830 per year. On average, a veterinary technician earns the most in the following states:

  1. Connecticut - $36,680 per year
  2. New York - $36,540 per year
  3. Alaska - $35,810 per year

Veterinary technicians in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Mississippi - $25,120 per year
  2. West Virginia - $25,500 per year
  3. Georgia - $25,510 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying
veterinary technology?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 79,870 $31,030 25.1%