The Veterinary Technology Program at Jefferson State is a distance education program. It is imperative that you have access to a computer, the internet, and be available to work for a veterinarian for a minimum of 20 hours per week.
Theory classes are conducted through the internet, and most required clinical skills will be performed at the clinical site you are working. You will not have to permanently re-locate to Birmingham to pursue this degree, however, travel will most likely be required to satisfy the requirements for large animal and laboratory animal clinics. You may also be required to come to Jefferson State or go to another clinic as needed (hopefully not over 1-2 times) each semester to fulfill clinical requirements that may not be available at the clinic where you are working. Also, midterm and final exams may be given at various testing sites across the state at your convenience.
To be considered for Fall or Spring admission to the program, please review the Veterinary Technology Program Fact Sheet and forward the required information to the Veterinary Technology Department. If you are selected to begin the program, we will contact the veterinarian where you are working or anticipate working and provide them with the information necessary to become approved as an 'off campus” clinical site for you to do the required clinical procedures.
Although this is a distance education program, we feel that communication is a very important part of your educational endeavor. Therefore, we encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have regarding this program.
What is a Veterinary Technician?
A Veterinary Technician, as defined by the American Veterinary Medical Association, is a "graduate of an AVMA accredited program in Veterinary Technology." These professionals assist veterinarians and other scientists in capacities similar to registered nurses and other medical assistants in the field of human medicine. Licensed Veterinary Technicians are qualified to perform any and all duties within the veterinary setting as outlined in the Alabama Veterinary Practice Act, with the exception of prescribing medication, diagnosing illness, and performing surgery, which are reserved only for Licensed Veterinarians.
The Veterinary Technology profession needs people who love animals, can be compassionate toward sick and injured animals and be dedicated to Veterinary Medicine. Many technicians work in private veterinary practices, the majority of them in small animal clinics (companion animals). However, the field of Veterinary Technology is very broad with many openings available, especially in private practices, biomedical research, teaching institutions (veterinary schools), zoo/wildlife medicine, livestock health management, veterinary supply, and pharmaceutical companies.
Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)
To become a LVT within the state of Alabama, one must graduate from an AVMA accredited program in Veterinary Technology and pass both the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and the Alabama State Boards.
2007 Veterinary Technician Salary Range - $31,070 - $35,230 National Average Based upon 2007 NAVTA Survey Results