Veterinary Technician

What is a Veterinary Technician?

A veterinary technician is an important member of the veterinary hospital. They have been educated in the proper medical techniques needed to care for sick or injured animals. All veterinary technicians work under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. A veterinary technician may assist in procedures but cannot diagnose, prescribe medications, or perform surgery, due to a state’s veterinary practice act. The daily duties of a veterinary technician include, but are not limited to:

  • Organizing and recording patient medical records
  • Performing laboratory tests and radiographs
  • Post-op and pre-op care of the animals
  • Preparing equipment and instruments for surgery

What type of education is required?

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredits Veterinary technician programs. Most AVMA accredited programs lead to an associate degree after two years but some lead to a four year baccalaureate degree. For a list of veterinary technician programs visit:

What is the expected salary? 

The average annual salary for a Veterinary Technician is $36, 260.

How can I prepare myself for a job as a Veterinary Technician while at NC State?

Taking courses such as Techniques of Animal Care (ANS 201), Introduction to HACCP (ANS 350), and Companion Animal Management (ANS 400), may be of interest to students interested in applying to an accredited
Veterinary Technician program.

What kind of experience is required?

Experience in a veterinary practice is required to ensure hands-on training. Most states require the passing of the Veterinary technician National Examination (VTNE) to receive a license to practice.

Where can I find more information?

National Association of Veterinary Technicians-

North Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians-

Vet Tech-

US Bureau of Labor Statistics on Veterinary Technician Positions-

North Carolina VetTech Programs:
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
340 Victoria Road
Asheville, NC 28801
Director: Diane Cotter, RVT

Central Carolina Community College
1105 Kelly Drive
Sanford, NC 27330
Director: Dr. Kim Browning at CCCC.EDU

Gaston College
201 Highway 321 South
Dallas, NC 28034
Director: Dr. Kristine Blankenship, DVM

Career Opportunities

  • In a private practice under a licensed veterinarian
  • In biomedical research
  • Food and safety inspection
  • Diagnostic laboratories
  • Veterinary supply sales
  • Humane societies
  • Drug and feed manufacturing companies