Veterinary Technology

A Career in Veterinary Nursing

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 or  volunteer for a veterinarian for a minimum of 20 hours per week. Students must work/volunteer in a veterinary facility that is located within the state of Alabama.

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 relocate 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.

To become a Licensed Veterinary Technician (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.

Some Vet Tech Program Facts

  • The National Average Veterinary Technician Salary Ranges from $35,000 – $40,00.
  • Currently, there are only 239 LVT’s in Alabama. There are 848 Vet Clinics in Alabama and each one needs AT LEAST one LVT.
  • 100% of our graduates receive job offers after graduation and passing their board exams.
  • The cost of our two year program is LESS THAN $11,000

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