Online Veterinary Technology Associate's Degree Programs

Some online associate's degree programs in veterinary technology are intended for currently employed veterinary technicians looking to advance their education. Other programs may be offered in a hybrid format that combines online lecture classes with on-campus lab and clinical training. Read more about these program options, and find out what you'd study as a veterinary technology student. Get info on your job options, employment outlook and salary potential as a veterinary technician. Schools offering Veterinary Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Can I Get a Veterinary Technology Associate's Degree Online?

Several schools offer online associate's degree programs in veterinary technology, although most programs are designed for students already working at a veterinary practice. Some programs may even have minimum work requirements to ensure that you are getting the hands-on training you need. You may also need to verify that you have access to specific equipment in order to enroll, such as an anesthesia machine, a crash kit and surgical equipment. In some cases, you can gain hands-on training at a local college while completing coursework online. Exams may need to be completed in person at local sites.

In order to work in this field, you'll want your associate's degree program to be accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (www.avma.org). The National Association of Veterinary Technicians (www.navta.net) also provides information about educational opportunities and career options. You might also consider taking classes to qualify you to take the certification exam from the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (www.aalas.org); however, this certification is optional and typically recommended if you're interested in working in a research facility. Other requirements for veterinary technicians can vary by state.

Online Degrees A.S. degrees in veterinary technology available, mostly for students already working at a veterinary business
Common Courses Veterinary anatomy, pharmacology, radiology, veterinary nursing
Career Prospects Jobs available in veterinary offices, military, humane societies, diagnostic labs and on farms

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Will I Study?

A veterinary technician is someone who provides assistance to a veterinarian. As a vet tech, you might be responsible for taking a basic medical history, clinical lab procedures, hospital care, radiology or anesthesiology during surgery. Your classes might include:

  • Veterinary anatomy
  • Pharmacology
  • Care of exotic animals
  • Care of large or equine animals
  • Care of small animals
  • Radiology
  • Veterinary nursing

What Can I Do With My Degree?

Most veterinary technicians work in veterinary offices, but you can also find jobs in the military, humane societies or diagnostic labs, depending on your coursework and certification. Some large farming operations hire veterinary technicians to work with their animal populations. You might also work with exotic animals in a zoo or wildlife preserve.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) stated that jobs in this industry are expected to grow at 19% between 2014 to 2024 (www.bls.gov). The BLS also listed the median annual wage for a veterinary technician as $31,070 in 2014.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

  • 1. Degree Options:
The schools in the listing below are not free and may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users. Tuition and costs will vary across programs and locations. Be sure to always request tuition information before starting a program.

Popular Schools

  • Indiana Wesleyan University

    Indiana Wesleyan University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Indiana Wesleyan University:

    • Associate Programs

    Online Programs Available

  • Keiser University

    Keiser University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Keiser University:

    • Associate Programs

    Online Programs Available

  • University of Cincinnati

    Campus Locations:

    • Ohio: Blue Ash
  • Yuba College

    Campus Locations:

    • California: Marysville
  • Yakima Valley Community College

    Campus Locations:

    • Washington: Yakima
  • Windward Community College

    Campus Locations:

    • Hawaii: Kaneohe
  • Volunteer State Community College

    Campus Locations:

    • Tennessee: Gallatin
  • Vermont Technical College

    Campus Locations:

    • Vermont: Randolph Center
  • Oklahoma State University

    Campus Locations:

    • Oklahoma: Oklahoma City
  • University of Maine at Augusta

    Campus Locations:

    • Maine: Augusta