Vet Tech jobs expected to grow 19% through 2024

by Susie on October 11, 2016 · 9:00 am

Vet Tech helping dogThe Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects that employment of Vet Techs will grow 19 percent between 2014 and 2024, which is much faster than the average growth rate of 7 percent for all occupations.

California is the state with the highest employment level of Vet Techs, recording 9,270 employed Vet Techs in a BLS report from May 2015. That same report shows that California is the fourth top-paying state for the Vet Tech profession, with an annual median wage of $38,600.

Animal lovers who want a job helping families’ pets, as well as livestock, should consider a career as a Veterinary Technician. Vet Techs play an important role in veterinary practices, assisting vets with lab tests and animal observations. Vet Techs also help explain issues and treatment plans to pet owners, so compassion and communication skills are crucial in this occupation.

To become a Veterinary Technician in California, a two-year associate’s degree is often the first step. California requires students to then pass the California Veterinary Technician Examination (CVTE) and Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) to become Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT).

SJVC offers Vet Tech programs at our campuses in Bakersfield and Fresno, California. Our program helps students learn through hands-on animal training under the supervision of an RVT or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Our curriculum and training also prepare students to take the examinations to become an RVT once they’ve graduated.

To learn more about a career as a Vet Tech, request information from us today.



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