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Has anyone here gone to vet tech school?

post #1 of 8
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I was all ready to start going in January and I realized the collage I chose is not accredited. If I want to become a certified vet tech then I need to go to an accredited school correct? Does anyone know how this works? I have to call the school tomorrow with the final word on whether or not I will be attending. But I really don't think it is a good idea. It is only a 10 month program and according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, only 2 year programs are accredited. I think I need to find somewhere else to go. I think attending an accredited school is the only way you can take the licensing test.

Anyone have any sort of advice? Or even any vets out there that might know.

post #2 of 8
Dont have any advice but wanted to say good luck. I think you do need to go to a 2 year school though. I did research on it many moons ago when I was still in high school. Anyways good luck!
post #3 of 8
Have you looked into a two year community college in your area. I know the one here in Columbus has the two year program. They even have a night program for people who work. It takes a little longer but it is nights until the internship at the end.
post #4 of 8
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Yes Cuyahoga Community College is where I will probably have to go.
post #5 of 8
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Ok I think I figured it out...

Vet Assistant is what I was planning to do, that is a program that can be completed in under a year for a diploma.

Vet Tech is a 2 year program and you are just taught a little more in depth, I think you can do more with medicating animals.

I called Northcoast which is where I was planning to attend and they are accredited and they offer immediate job placement via an extrenship in which 95% of the students have been hired once graduated.

I think I am going to go with the 10 month program to become a Vet Assistant. It will be done quicker and all I want really is to work at a shelter or humane society, I don't care really to work in a vet's office so I don't think I need the extra schooling.
post #6 of 8
Vet assistant is something anyone can do and most vets just hire off the street for that no experience or training needed... Around her it pays about 6-8 an hour ... Vet tech can be learned on job but most vets want some schooling ... Ave pay is 10-12 an hour
post #7 of 8
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So if I can learn vet tech stuff on the job, then I will have the required schooling if I do attend Northcoast and receive a vet assistant diploma, right? It is such a major decision rrgg! I think I am going to attend Northcoast and receive my diploma as a Vet Assistant. That will at least give me some professional training for the job. I already have a ton of experience in everything I will be learning there but I want something offical so I can get a job.

I think I am making the right decision by attending Northcoast.
post #8 of 8
Yippy and for making a descision
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