Working with animals, especially nursing them to help them get back their health, and assisting veterinarians in their treatments is a career that you can opt for, if you are a person who loves animals and want to work in the medical field. There is one other reason as to why you can think of becoming a veterinary technician. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the U.S., the rate of growth of the vet technician job is higher than that for many other occupations. The vet tech job is expected to grow by as much as 30 percent nationally from 2012 through 2022. A career as a veterinary technician offers a lot of stability and a fun-filled work environment.
How To Become A Vet Tech In Nevada
To work as a veterinary technician, you are required to complete a program offered by one of the veterinary technician schools in Nevada. After graduating from the school, you need to successfully complete the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) to obtain certification. When you choose a school, you should ensure that the vet tech program offered by the school has the approval of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
Nevada Vet Tech Schools
Some of the vet tech schools in Nevada that meet the criteria specified by VTNE are as follows:
- Pima Medical Institute, Las Vegas
- College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas
- Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno
The eligibility criteria specified by each school may vary from one school to another, but in general they are as follows:
- High School Graduate/GED
- Official High School/GED Transcripts
- ACT/SAT Scores
- College Application
- College Entrance Exams
- First Year Orientation
- Rabies Vaccination
Typically, you need to complete a two year or four semester course to earn an associate degree in veterinary technology. The curriculum may include 47 professional course work credits and 27 general education course credits.
Vet Tech Career Description
Licensed vet techs provide assistance to veterinarians. Vet techs are animal nurses. The tasks to be performed by them when they work under the supervision of veterinarians who do clinical work include carrying out various medical tests and assisting in the treatment of animals with different diseases and medical conditions. In addition to helping the veterinarian in diagnostic, medical and surgical procedures, you will have to gather patient information and maintain medical records, assist with radiography, dental prophylaxes and collect laboratory specimens and provide help in the analysis process.
As vet tech, you can build your career in many fields such as private animal clinics, specialty practices, zoo medicine, animal food production, government (USDA), sales, research, military, education and clinical laboratories.
Salary and Career Info
The interactive chart above is a visual representation of the annual salary of Nevada veterinary technicians compared to the national annual salaries, all based on the latest May 2013 Occupational Employment Statistics figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Vet Tech Certification
Earning a degree in veterinary technology is only the first step to work as a veterinary technician in Nevada. The next step that you need to take is putting in your application for taking the VTNE which is a computerized test. It is specifically designed to make sure that you are ready to take up a career as a veterinary technician.
For taking the VTNE, you are required to pay a small fee and fill out as well as submit the exam application form available on the website of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. You can appear for the VTNE as many as five times, but you need to pay the requisite fee each time.
In order to work as a vet tech in Nevada, you must have obtained a license from the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners in the state of Nevada. In general, you can apply online for your license. However, you are required to meet the eligibility criteria specified by the board. They are as follows:
- Application for licensing
- Proof of having paid the current licensing fee
- Passport Size Photo
- Certificate provided by the accredited vet tech training where you studied
- A passing score in the VTNE
- Copy of diploma certificate or college transcript
- Letter of recommendation
- Proof of having completed the jurisprudence exam
There are several benefits to working as a vet tech in Nevada. In addition to the growing requirement for vet techs, you can earn a reasonably good starting salary of approximately $22,000 per annum. The demand for vet techs in the northern parts of Nevada is very high because of the rapid increase in population and the rising popularity of having pets at homes.