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Veterinary Technology and Veterinary Medicine Programs

Programs in Veterinary Technology
Veterinary technology is a rapidly expanding field. Most veterinary technicians work in private practice clinics or hospitals. Yet many other employment opportunities exist. These include working at biomedical facilities, laboratories, universities, zoos, humane societies, drug and feed manufacturing companies, the military and more.

A career in veterinary technology requires at least two years of college training and, of course, a love of animals. Most programs result in an associate degree. Some programs culminate with a certificate or diploma. Lengthier programs can lead to a baccalaureate degree. Most states require veterinary technicians to pass a credentialing exam. For more information about a career in veterinary technology see our Links section.

The programs listed here are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The AVMA does not accredit correspondence courses.

Classification of Accreditation
The AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) classifies accreditations as follows:

Full Accreditation- Those programs that meet or exceed all minimal requirements.

Provisional Accreditation- New programs that meet or exceed most, but not all, minimal requirements and/or have not produced graduates will remain on provisional accreditation until achieving full accreditation for a period not to exceed five years.

Probational Accreditation- Those programs previously fully accredited that meet or exceed most, but not all, minimal requirements. Any program on Probational Accreditation that does not make annual progress toward correcting its deficiencies, or any program that has been on Probational Accreditation for two successive years will be classified Accreditation Withheld.

Accreditation Withheld- Those programs that have been judged substantially non-compliant with the standards of CVTEA. The final year class of those programs that have accreditation withheld will be considered graduates from an accredited program.

Currently, these states do not have accredited veterinary technology programs: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Rhode Island.