Ohio Vet Tech School
There are eight AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) www.avma.org accredited veterinary technician educational programs in Ohio. Located throughout the state, they offer many options to the population of Ohio for obtaining a degree in veterinary technology. Of the eight schools, five have full accreditation status while three of them are on provisional status. Most of the programs require the standard high school diploma, or equivalent. Additionally, most have the requirement of the prospective student having completed high school Algebra, Biology and Chemistry, all with grades of “C” of better. Some programs require the applicants to take a school specific placement exam as well. Attaining at least minimally established scores on those exams will determine the eligibility of the candidate for admittance into the veterinary technician program. At least one of the schools has a mandatory information session that must be attended by the applicant. Once accepted into a program, some Ohio vet tech schools have additional required tasks:
- providing proof of health insurance
- obtaining tuberculin testing, if not completed within the last year
- prove a Tetanus booster has been received within the last 8 years
- submit to a drug test as well as a background check
Other schools require all freshman courses be completed satisfactorily with an overall grade point average of 2.75 in order to be considered for admittance in to the veterinary technician program.
Continuing Education / Registration renewal
Once issued, a registration to practice as a veterinary technician in Ohio is valid for 2 years. The credential expires on the first day of March in odd numbered years. Renewal of the registration requires that the credential holder have earned 10 hours of continuing education in the previous two years. The exception to this rule is if it is the first renewal for a credential holder, the CE requirements are waived. If the registration is not renewed, it is considered expired. Expired registrations can be reinstated after appeal to the Veterinary Medical Licensing Board. If a credential remains in expired status for four years, it is then considered void. A credential that has been rendered void cannot be renewed. Veterinary technicians finding themselves in this position would need to re-apply to the Board and fulfill all the established requirements for receiving registration at the time of application, including taking the VTNE.Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Veterinary Techs in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron and Dayton, Ohio can prepare themselves for careers at some of the best animal hospitals and facilities in the country.