Veterinary technicians (as well as other workers in the field of animal healthcare) are in for a great future.
Namely, the statistics show that their employment will be more and more coveted as the years go by, with the increasing number of pet owners in America.
This alone, (provided that you already feel an undying love for animals), should be enough to make you take the first step towards this career.
However, don’t forget that every job has its upsides and downsides.
This one is no exception, but if you take a firm grip of this job and power through the minor inconveniences, you’ll enjoy it immensely.
But first, let’s take a look at what you’re dealing with here.
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Job Description and Duties of a Vet Technician in Delaware
Your duties as a vet technician can best be described as those of an assistant to the vet, or rather his or her right hand man.
You’ll be in charge of anything from keeping records of patients, clinical testing and analyses and taking blood preasure and body temperature to assisting the veterinarian in surgeries. And yes, cleaning up the premises too.
However, given the fact that vet technicians don’t have to work in a private practice and can find work in other areas too, they can also specialize in various disciplines, like the following:
- Dental Technology
- Internal Medicine
- Emergency and Critical Care
- Behavior Technology
- Zoological Medicine
- Clinical Practice
- Clinical Pathology
As we mentioned before, you don’t have to bind yourself only to the premises of private practices. Let’s take a look at some of the areas you can work in as a veterinary technician in Connecticut:
- veterinary teaching hospitals
- research institutions
- rescue shelters
- humanitarian organizations
- military service
- zoo facilities
- exotic animals facilities
- livestock production
- pharmaceutical facilities
- pet food industry etc.
How to Become One?
In order to become a vet technician in Delaware, you will have to graduate at an accredited vet technology program and thusly earn an Associate’s of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology.
It should be underlined that you have to attend veterinary technology program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
For Delaware, this means you can attend the veterinary technology program in Delaware Technical and Community College, which has fully accredited veterinary technology program.
Once you’ve graduated, you’ll have to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE), an exam required in order to become a licensed Delaware veterinary technician.
Education Required for a Vet Technician in Delaware
You don’t need any prerequisites in order to apply to the veterinary technology program in Delaware, in terms of classes that you have to have attended.
Your education will be heavily science based (you know, because veterinary field is mostly based on science itself), so your early education will consist of classes that will keep you well rounded, like research, critical thinking, writing, composition.
Then, your classes will evolve into more veterinary based courses like anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, parasitology, chemistry, pathology, microbiology, hematology, and radiology.
This won’t be just theoretical knowledge – you’ll have actual contact with animals, lab work as well as practical class work.
Your final semester will be an internship, where you’ll have to work in an actual veterinary clinic, supervised by a veterinarian.
Here, you’ll put all your theoretical knowledge into practice, and learn more about the day-to-day aspects of being a vet technician.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition fees in Delaware are mostly affordable because the program can be completed in two to three years, and some of the classes can be taken online.
Apart from the tuition fees, you should count in the additional fees of learning equipment (like books, stethoscopes, telescopes and other lab props and supplies) as well as other general student fees like insurance and student center fees.
You can always apply to traditional financial aid benefits (like grants, scholarships, loans, veterans benefits) that are accessible to all college students across the country, starting with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
There is also a special scholarship program in Delaware called SEED (Student Excellence Equals Degree).
SEED will pay all your tuition fees (books an additional equipment fees excluded) if you’re accepted.
You can apply for SEED if you’re a Delaware high school graduate (or the equivalent), if you’re a good student, with good grades.
Just stay out of troubles and keep your grades high and you’re a candidate!
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Licensing and Certification
In order to take this exam, it is important that you’ve graduated from an accredited veterinary technology program, because if your program isn’t accredited – you can’t take this test.
Don’t expect a piece-of-cake exam, because it takes three hours to complete it, and it has 150 questions.
Taking the test will cost you $300, and if you don’t pass it, you can retake it. Only when you pass the VTNE exam, will you be able to work as a licensed veterinary technician in Delaware.
In charge of handling veterinary technician licensure is the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation and you have to submit to them proof that you passed the VTNE exam.
After you do this, you can apply for a Delaware license.
Getting a Job in Delaware
You’ve finished your education successfully and now you’re ready to find a job!
Well, it shouldn’t be a problem, as there are always available jobs for workers in animal healthcare.
Your only decision at this point should be whether you want to work in a large animal hospital or a smaller animal clinic.
Whatever you decide, this list of potential employers in Delaware will help you:
- VCA (Veterinary Centers of America)
- Banfield Pet Hospital
- Vetco Wellness Centers and Vaccination Clinics inside PETCO
- Located in Dover Petco
- Located in Wilmington Petco
- Located in Christiana Petco
- Located in Millville Petco
Salaries for Vet Technicians in Delaware
You’re looking at a bright future as a vet technician in Delaware. According to the the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the employment of workers in animal healthcare is expected to grow by a whopping 30% per year through 2022, with a higher expected rate in Delaware.
Here are current average salaries of vet technicians across Delaware.
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If you love animals and have always been dreaming of a career as a veterinary technician – don’t think twice, the future looks bright for you in Delaware!
Just, before you start taking all the necessary steps to get there, ask around and surf the internet thoroughy for information. This is the number 1 piece of advice for anyone starting any profession.
This career, of course, has its highs and lows, but the highs of helping those in need are much much more important than the lows.