New York Vet Tech School
The state of New York is home to several veterinary technician programs. All of the programs maintain full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association’s www.avma.org Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities. CVTEA is the group that visits all the programs in the nation and grants accreditation based on program facilities, curriculum, library facilities, etc.
New York vet tech schools, for the most part, all require high school courses in algebra, biology and chemistry with passing grades of a “C “ or better. Some schools also recommend that incoming students have a high school physics class. Many institutions have school specific placement tests that all incoming students must take. Grades earned on that test will determine eligibility for entrance into the veterinary technician program. Still some other programs require the incoming students have the preventive rabies vaccine before being admitted to the program.
Continuing education and Practice Act inclusion
New York has a unique Practice Act because it provides the profession of veterinary technology with Practice Guidelines. These guidelines are established to ensure professionals understand the expectations of them and how they are to practice in their field. One of the guidelines refers to continuing competence. Although mandatory continuing education is not required in New York, it is encouraged through the guidelines that veterinary technicians update professional knowledge as an ongoing event. Suggestions include conducting yourself as a professional with the highest of standards, providing all patients with humane treatment and care, continually advising the owner of the patient’s status, etc.
Many of these are more specific to veterinarians, but having veterinary technicians adhere to the same guidelines provides continuity. Another set of guidelines that is interesting is the Professional Behavior guidelines. Veterinary technicians are reminded of their responsibility to wear an identification badge showing their name and title. Vet techs are expected to post their licenses in an obvious spot within the clinic for the public to view; and to properly use and dispose of sharp instruments. Licenses are valid for three years before needing to be renewed.
Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Veterinary Techs in New York, Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers and Syracuse, New York can prepare themselves for careers at some of the best animal hospitals and facilities in the country.