What is the difference between a veterinary technician and a veterinary assistant?
Veterinary technicians have been educated in the care and
handling of animals, the basic principles of normal and abnormal life
processes, and in many laboratory and clinical procedures. In general,
veterinary technicians obtain 2-4 years of post-high school education and have
an Associate's or Bachelor's degree in veterinary technology. They must pass a
credentialing examination and keep up-to-date with continuing education to be
considered licensed/registered/certified (the term used varies by state)
the veterinarian and/or the veterinary technician in their daily tasks. The
assistant may be asked to perform kennel work, assist in the restraint and
handling of animals, feed and exercise the animals, or spend time on clerical
duties. There are training programs for veterinary assistants, and some are
trained on the job. At this time, there is no credentialing exam for veterinary
technicians and veterinary assistants
money can I expect to make after I graduate?
The national median
annual wage for veterinary technologists and technicians in was $31,800 in May
2015. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation
earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned
less than $21,890, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $47,410.
Veterinary technologists and technicians working in research positions often
earn more than those in other fields.
Technicians in Oregon can expect to make, on average, more than their peers in
other states. The annual median salary in popular Oregon cities for veterinary
technicians, according to the Bureau and Labor Statistics, Occupational
Employment Statistics Program are below.
- Corvallis, OR: $36,900
- Bend-Redmond, OR:
- Medford, OR:
- Salem, OR: $34,060
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S.
Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook
Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Veterinary Technologists and
the job outlook look like after I graduate?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of veterinary technologists and
technicians is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than
the average for all occupations. Employment will grow as more veterinarians
utilize technicians and technologists to do general care and lab work, and as
they continue to replace lower skilled veterinary assistants.
Do you have an attendance policy?
because we are required by the AVMA-CVTEA to teach students specific essential
skills, attendance is mandatory for all VT numbered classes and laboratories.
We will sometimes teach specific tasks once in the two-year curriculum. If the
opportunity for a student to learn the tasked is missed, the objective and
goals of the course have not been met
Also, each student is required to
take an active role in animal care duties. Attendance is mandatory for these
duties. Daily, Weekly and Lab Animal Care duties will be assigned. Students
will work in teams. Team members and duties are assigned before the start of
each term. Each student will receive a Veterinary Technician Program Animal
Care Handbook and all students will attend a mandatory Animal Care Orientation
meeting before the start of their animal care duties.
In Summary, students are
expected to meet the scheduled times for classes, exams, laboratories and
practicum learning activities. Students should anticipate spending additional
hours outside of normally scheduled class times due to animal care
responsibilities and making allowances for these in their schedules. Students
are expected to adjust personal schedules, including work and childcare, in
order to meet course requirements. They are expected to have reliable
transportation for attendance in class, labs, and practicum assignments around
the college district. Students should also
be prepared to be scheduled for off-campus learning experiences and at all
clinical practicum locations in Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Madras, and La Pine.
What should I expect from the veterinary
The curriculum is academically challenging
and scientifically oriented. The student must possess a strong ability to focus
and have a serious interest in a career in veterinary medicine. Along with
solid academic skills, the student must have compassion for animals, empathy
and concern for people, and the capacity to work cooperatively and productively
Do I have to take an exam after I graduate to become licensed as a
Graduates of the Central Oregon Community
College Veterinary Technician Program are eligible to sit for the Veterinary
Technician National Examination (VTNE) administered by the American Association
of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). Successful completion of this examination
is required for licensure as a veterinary technician in Oregon. Oregon
licensure information can be found at http://www.oregon.gov/OVMEB/pages/index.aspx.
Are veterinary technician courses
The COCC Veterinary Technician program does
not offer any classes online.