How To Become A Vet Tech
One of the first jobs that animal lovers look to is how to become a vet tech. It requires more work to become a vet tech than it does to become a veterinary assistant and less work and time than becoming a doctor of veterinary medicine. Many say that veterinary technicians get more hands on time with the animals than the veterinarian does.
- Education. Once you decide to become a vet tech it is a good idea to start your education as early as possible. If you are still in school, your high school may offer veterinary assisting classes. To become a vet tech, you must get a degree. The college you attend must be accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. You will also have to pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam as well as a state exam. There are over 150 schools in the US that offer degrees in veterinary technology.
- Specialize. You might choose to specialize in a specific field of study. This will require further education. Some areas of specialization include critical care, anesthesia, behavior, dentistry and equine medicine. However, specializing is not a necessity; you may choose to simply become a vet tech.
- Get experience. It's a good idea to start getting as much hands on experience as possible as early on as possible. It will help you in your future of becoming a vet tech. Volunteer at your local clinic, animal shelter, barn, zoo or any other animal related field. You could even apply for jobs that involve working with animals. For instance, you could get a job bathing dogs at a local groomer or exercising horses at a nearby barn.
- Apply for jobs. Once you are certified and have your experience, start applying for jobs as a vet tech. Your experience with animals will definitely come in handy at this point. Keep in mind that the animal industry is huge and there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs that deal with animals.