Veterinary tech school gives animal lovers many different options that fit their interest and financial ability to go to school and pursue a new career. Veterinary tech school is also a step in the direction of going to veterinary medical school in the future, since it launches the student directly into the veterinary profession.
Veterinary tech school offers two year or four year degrees, depending on what the student wants to pursue. A four year degree gives the student a Bachelor of Science degree which they can immediately take and move on to take the tests required to apply to veterinary school. Two year degrees have their own sets of options depending on what the student wants to pursue in their career. The three choices are an Associate of Science degree, a veterinary tech diploma, and finally a certificate in veterinary technology.
There are no set prerequisites to enter a veterinary tech school other than a high school diploma. There is the recommendation that the student take as many science and math courses during his high school career as possible. However, the lack of these courses normally will not hinder the student from being accepted into an accredited veterinary tech school. The student is also able to take all but practicum courses online, which is convenient for students who also want or need to work while going to school to help with expenses.
The types of courses that a student will need to take in veterinary tech school fall into general science courses, animal anatomy and behavior, and medical technology and documentation. General science courses include biology, microbiology and chemistry. Animal anatomy and behavior includes anatomy and physiology, animal husbandry, and animal diseases. Medical technology classes include animal medical technology, radiography, anesthesia, and surgical principals.
Once a student successfully completes her degree, there is still the matter of taking and passing the National Veterinary Tech (NVT) exam. Until the student passes this exam, she will not be licensed and will be unable to practice as a veterinary tech in any state due to licensure laws.
After the exam is passed, then the veterinary tech will be able to practice in any type of veterinary practice he desires. Other than the inability to prescribe medication, do surgery, or diagnose medical conditions, the veterinary tech is an active part of all other veterinary practices including birthing animals, animal care and examinations, and administering medication that the veterinarian prescribes. They are also able to assist during surgical procedures, even though they cannot do the procedure themselves.