How To Become A Vet Nurse
Many people have questions on how to become a vet nurse. Vet nurses, also called veterinary technicians, work with veterinarians to take care of animals. Some of the tasks vet nurses help with are treating wounds, administering shots and medications, assisting with surgeries and performing tests. Vet nurses care for all kinds of animals from cats to elephants.
- Passion You need to have a passion for animals. If you don’t love animals, a vet nurse career is just not for you.
- High School Courses If you are still in high school, you want to take as many classes as you can in biology, chemistry and math. Having excellent grades in these subject areas are required as well.
- College Obtain a two-year associated degree in veterinary technology. You want to be sure the college you choose is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Part of the degree program includes clinical experience where you volunteer at an animal clinic to gain hands-on experience.
- Testing You will need to take the Veterinary Technical National Examination. You do need to be a graduate of an accredited veterinary technology program in order to take the exam. You need to fill out an application to take the exam. Once you application has been approved, you will receive an Authorization-to-Test letter from the examination service. The letter will tell you what you need to do to schedule your exam at a Prometric testing center.
- Jobs Apply for entry-level jobs. You can apply at vet clinics, hospitals, zoos, animal shelters, aquariums and boarding facilities.
Tips & Warnings:
- Get as much work experience as you can before applying for a job as a vet nurse.
- While a vet nurse is a rewarding career, it is an emotional one because of death, abuse and neglect of animals.