Top 4 Online Associate’s of A.S. in Veterinary Technology Degrees

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If you are thinking about becoming a licensed veterinarian technician, you MUST have a passion for animals! If you are already employed, have family commitments, and/or are limited with your time, you MUST be looking for a valuable, online option….look no further. We have compiled a list, based on actual student satisfaction, accreditation and overall affordability PLUS ease of use, of the top four online options for receiving an associate’s in applied science degree in veterinary technology online. Your decision to progress to a bachelor’s degree in this field are also available to you at each of these fine institutions.

To become a licensed vet tech, graduates must take the Veterinarian Technician National Exam. The exam is given in January and June of each year and is designed to meet the needs of the ever-growing industry in order to fully evaluate candidates to become licensed.

Each of the veterinary tech programs listed below are fully accredited by the AVMA, the American Veterinary Medical Association which is determined by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this field is expected to grow much faster than average due to a shortage of veterinary technicians and with pet owners looking for advanced vet care for their “family members”.

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CEDAR VALLEY COLLEGE

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Campus Location: Lancaster, Texas

School Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Tuition: Member of the AAHA ( Only $50 per year for students to join as a veterinary support staff member to receive the member discount) is $319.00 per course, Non-member AAHA is $389.00 per course … The total cost of the program, including all general education classes, minus materials, is around $10,000 and $12,000 for the entire course.

The AVMA-accredited program at Cedar Valley College is called the DEVTP, or the Distance Education Veterinary Technology Program.  This program, which started over 10 years ago, allows veterinary assistants to earn a associate’s degree in veterinary technology online. The American Veterinary Medical Association accredited the DEVTP in 2001 and is one of the few fully accredited DISTANCE vet tech programs to receive accreditation.

With the program, you will receive training in pharmacology, animal nursing, lab and exam procedures, and surgical preparation.  You will also get to work in a hands on environment in addition to multimedia courses, flexible scheduling to allow for your busy lifestyle, readily available professors and much more.

After graduating this program, you may qualify to take the Veterinarian Technician National Exam in order to become a licensed veterinary technician.

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SAN JUAN COLLEGE

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Campus Location: Farmington, New Mexico

School Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Tuition: (Fall 2014 term) 75 – 76 credit hours to program completion…..

    New Mexico Residents: $41 per credit hour PLUS a flat rate fee of $77.50 for students taking 4 credit hours or less OR a flat rate fee of $155.00 for those taking 5 or more credit hours.

    Non-Residents: $123 per credit hour PLUS #137.50 flat rate fee for 4 or under credit hours taken OR $275 flat rate fee for 5 or more credit hours taken.

The VTDLP, otherwise known as the Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program, is a fully accredited by the AVMA, flexible program designed to provide minimal disruption to your life and allows you to work on the job and get your degree simultaneously. There are four tiers to the program and each of the courses in the four tiers are 12 weeks in duration and the requirements and general education courses are based on 16 week terms with courses beginning each January, May and August every year.

Graduates of this program, which received its AVMA accreditation in 2006, are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam and any other certifications, licensure exams and required state registrations.

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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

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Campus Location: West LaFayette, IN

School Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Tuition: The fee is the same for Indiana residents as it is for non-residents: $347.85 per credit hour

The Veterinary Technology Distance Learning (VTDL) program offered at Purdue is typically for those already employed with a veterinarian, self-motivated, needs to set their own pace with their studies and has a desire to help animals. At Purdue University, the VTDL program is part-time only and is not offered full-time and most students fulfill the needs to the program in 4-5 years.  A credit hour generally equals a minimum of 3 “study” hours per week with most students spending a typical 4 – 6  hours per credit hour per week. The curriculum consists of “35 didactic courses and 17 clinical mentorships”, according to their website.

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ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGE

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Campus Location: Clearwater, FL

School Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Tuition: Florida residents: $107.75 per credit hour…..Non-Florida residents: $382.90 per credit hour (Those living in Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada and North Carolina are not allowed to enroll in classes at St. Petersburg College due to state authorization requirements for DL)

An impressive fact about St. Petersburg College is that 98 percent of their Associate’s Degree grads have either found jobs in the field, are serving in the military, or furthering their education! Boasting an “excellent national reputation”, the Veterinary Technology Associate in Science degree at SPC prepares you for the national certification exam, trains you in a vast range of skills which includes, nursing, dentistry, radiology, surgical prep, anesthesia and much more, AND allows you to complete your clinicals in the town you live in.  Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, equine, zoo, wildlife, livestock and exotic animal practice.

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