If you love working with animals but you do not feel patient enough to go through the years of veterinary training, then you should maybe try looking for a career as a veterinary technician instead. It takes lesser years than it would take to become a full time veterinarian in Oklahoma. However, this does not mean there are no rules or requirements to be met to become a vet tech in Oklahoma.
First you must establish that the vet tech career choice is the right career path for you. To get some ideas on what it really is to be a vet tech, you can talk to already established vet techs in your local community. Ask them what their work entails, the number of hours they work, what are the pros and cons of being in this kind of job and what are their feelings about being vet techs. Ask whether you can get a job working at the front desk at a vet techs office or as a kennel aid to get the real feeling of how it is like to work in that kind of environment.
After you are done researching how it feels like to be vet tech in Oklahoma, search for good vet tech schools in Oklahoma school where you will earn your vet tech degree. In Oklahoma, it is a requirement that an aspiring vet tech earns a two years associate’s or a 4 year bachelors degree as a vet tech, then acquire a veterinary technician license. Luckily with the increase in demand for vet techs, there has been a growth of many different vet tech schools in Oklahoma that offer vet tech degree programs. There are also many vocational institutions that offer programs that will earn one a vet tech degree including distance learning institutions, trade schools and online schools.
Ensure that the program you choose meets all the course requirements necessary for one to earn a vet tech degree. These requirements include classes in lab procedures, pharmacology, animal care and clinical training. There are some classes that will require practical training in a real/actual veterinary office. Most colleges often offer practical training sessions in well equipped labs. If you choose distance learning or a vocational training program, ensure before you start your program you have a suitable facility for practical sessions.
After you have graduated from the program, sit for the Oklahoma state mandatory exams. These exams are administered by the Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.The exams include the State Veterinary Technician Exam ( SVTE) and the National Veterinary Technician Exam ( NVTE). These exams are given only two times in a year, during summer and winter, and one must score 70 and above in each exam so that you can apply for a vet tech license. It is also wise to sit for the exams within six months after graduating from vet tech school, as after that given timeline, the state board may request you to take extra training classes.
After successfully passing your licensure exams, you will be able apply and receive your Oklahoma state vet tech license. This is applied through the ( OSBVME) Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Your application should be be fully filled as per the states requirements. If you do not fill all the required details, the state board may fail to issue you with your license.
Vet Tech Schools In Oklahoma
There are numerous vet tech schools in Oklahoma state and one will be spoilt for choice. Here are some of the schools you can get your vet tech degree from in Oklahoma in no particular order.
- Animal behavior college
- Ashworth college
- Penn foster schools
- Kaplan university
- Community care college
- Oklahoma state university college- Oklahoma city
- Tulsa community college
- Heritage college
Career description of a vet tech
A vet tech will examine an animal that is brought to the vets office and record the results of the examination. This physical examinations may include taking the basic measurements of the animal admitted to help the veterinarian in treating the animal.
If an animal is brought to the veterinarians office suffering from an injury or ill, the vet tech offers first aid treatment to keep the animal in a stable condition until the veterinarian is able to attend to it.
If the veterinarian prescribes a specific dose of medicine, the vet tech will administer the prescribed medication and give the owner of the animal instructions on how to best give the medicine that they are carrying home with them.
The vet tech will also be expected to assist the veterinary team to immobilize a hostile animal so it can effectively be treated without risking those injuring the attending medical team.
Salary and Career Info
The interactive chart above is a visual representation of the annual salary of Oklahoma 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
In Oklahoma, the state requires you to take a ( VTNE) Veterinary Technician National Exam. For you to legally practice, you must become certified or registered to practice.
The VTNE is a 200 multiple choice certification examination that takes 4 hours to complete. This exam is prepared solely by the (AAVSB) American Association of Veterinary State Boards. The examination mainly covers the following areas of knowledge.
- Pharmacy and pharmacology
- Dentistry procedures
- Animal nursing
- Ultrasound, radiation etc.
- Laboratory procedures
- Surgical procedures
One can purchase practice examinations from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards website.