Healthcare, Medical & Nursing
Veterinary Technician

If your pet is your best friend, you sometimes wonder if you love animals more than humans, or have no doubt to that truth and want to spend your life caring for and nursing animals back to good health, a Veterinary Technician degree may be the perfect fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Veterinary Technician students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years) in veterinary technology or animal science prior to entering the workforce, with these programs usually offered by technical schools, community colleges, online schools, and some public and private universities. Higher degrees of education can lead to a career as a Veterinarian.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math and science coursework and experience working with animals helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Veterinary Technician Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a Veterinary Technician degree include:

  • Veterinary Technologist/Technician
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Laboratory Animal Caretaker
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Veterinary Technologists and Technicians was $35,320 in 2019 (1) while Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers earned a median salary of $28,590 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.