Become a Vet Tech in Kansas
The demand for veterinary technicians nationwide is expected to grow much faster than average--according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this area will grow by 36 percent by 2016. Nationally, the BLS reports that the salary range for veterinary technicians is between $19,770 and $41,490; the mean annual wage is $29,850 and the mean hourly wage is $14.35. Veterinary techs in Kansas generally have wages in line with the national averages.
Steps to Become a Veterinary Technician in Kansas
- A high school diploma is needed to enter Kansas vet tech programs. The GED may be acceptable. While in high school, take basic courses in biology, chemistry, and math. Courses in computer skills and communications are helpful; writing skills are also important. Volunteer work at an animal shelter is a great way to get experience with animals and demonstrate your commitment to working with them.
- Some vocational high schools offer programs in animal science; these programs are good preparation for entering a veterinary technician training program. If no animal science programs are available, courses within the allied health track are a good alternative.
- Veterinary technicians in Kansas complete a two-year accredited training program that offers an associate of applied science (AAS) degree.
In Kansas, veterinary technicians must be registered with the Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners. Registration has three parts:
- You must be a graduate of an accredited veterinary technician training program.
- You must pass the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (www.aavsb.org) Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).
- You must pass an exam given by the Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners (www.accesskansas.org/veterinary/). The exam tests your knowledge of the Kansas Practice Act for veterinary technicians.