Become a Vet Tech in Connecticut
How to Become a Veterinary Technician in Connecticut
- Graduate from high school with your high school diploma, or earn your GED.
- Enroll at a school that offers at least a 2-year program in Veterinary Technology. You'll want to be sure you select from online or campus based vet tech programs that are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Go to www.avma.org/education/cvea/vettech_programs/vettech_programs.asp for a list of AVMA-accredited programs and schools. Coursework will include learning administrative duties as well as scientific and technical skills. Laboratory experience is a requirement in most 2 or 4 year year Veterinary Technology programs.
- Your school will most likely require some sort of internship, in which you will work for a specified number of hours in some sort of veterinary practice to gain clinical experience.
- Have your school send transcripts of your coursework directly to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) prior to taking the national exam. They may be mailed to:
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- After graduation with an Associate's degree (2 years) or Bachelor's degree (4 years), you will be eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE), sponsored by the AAVSB. This exam takes about 4 hours and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. It is given twice yearly, in January and June. More information on this examination can be found at www.aavsb.org/VTNE. While the state of Connecticut does not require its Veterinary Technicians to be certified, many employers in the state will not hire Veterinary Technicians who are not certified. The state of Connecticut will grant you CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician) status if you graduate from a AVMA-accredited school and pass the VTNE.
- Upon graduation and passing the VTNE, you will be eligible for employment as a Certified Veterinary Technician in private veterinarian's offices, animal hospitals, research facilities, drug manufacturing companies, feed manufacturing companies, environmental organizations, health organizations, and academic facilities, just to name a few possibilities.