Minnesota Vet Tech School
Vet Tech Education in Minnesota
There are a number of AVMA accredited Minnesota vet tech schools. There are also multiple accredited distance education programs across the country that provides the opportunity for a diploma from an accredited program without having to relocate.
Entrance requirements for the many different programs are similar on a basic level, but do differ from program to program. All schools require graduation from a high school or completion of a GED program. Also students need to be 18 years of age. Some of the specific requirements for the programs include scores of 18 or higher on the Act or higher than 850 on the math and verbal portion of the SAT. Some schools have their own entrance exam and successful passage of that test is required. Other schools require a personal interview, while other look for written essays. Most schools require the successful completion of high school chemistry, biology and algebra, with a grade of “C” or better, before admitting a prospective student. Other classes that some schools require are veterinary medical terminology, anatomy, chemistry on the college level.
Continuing education and certification renewal
For veterinary technician to renew their certificate they must earn 10 credits of continuing education every 2 years. Acceptable venues for continuing education programs include the state veterinary technician association, the state veterinary medical association, the University of Minnesota programs, conferences sponsored by the AVMA, AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association ) NAVTA ( National Association for Veterinary Technicians America), or veterinary technician programs. There are also alternative methods of gaining continuing education credits. Attending a structured, organized conference will earn 1 credit of CE for every hour of lecture attended. When presenting at a conference, CE can be earned at the rate of 1 hour speaking = 2 credits. Taking a course through online sources such as VIN (Veterinary Information Network) or VSPN (Veterinary Support Personnel Network), will also ear 1 credit per hour of class. Completing the Hill’s Nutritional Consultant Program will earn 10 CE credits, assuming the entire program is completed.Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Veterinary Techs in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Rochester, Minnesota can prepare themselves for careers at some of the best animal hospitals and facilities in the country.