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Veterinary/Animal Health Technician

4,924 Associates's Degrees Annually
503 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#8 in Popularity (Associate's)
$35,560 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Veterinary/Animal Health Technician Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many veterinary/animal health technology/technician and veterinary assistant graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 4,932
Undergraduate Certificate 2,829
Basic Certificate 1,009
Bachelor’s Degree 503

What Veterinary/Animal Health Technician Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to veterinary/animal health technology/technician and veterinary assistant and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Majors

Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills for Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to veterinary/animal health technology/technician and veterinary assistant:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities for Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Majors

As you progress with your veterinary/animal health technology/technician and veterinary assistant degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Veterinary/Animal Health Technician Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with veterinary/animal health technology/technician and veterinary assistant:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 20.0% $34,420

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary/Animal Health Technician?

4,932 Associate's Degrees Annually
93% Percent Women
27% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 93% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of veterinary/animal health technology/technician and veterinary assistant majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 97
Black or African American 99
Hispanic or Latino 918
White 3,431
International Students 15
Other Races/Ethnicities 372

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant. About 0.3% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Veterinary/Animal Health Technician Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $35,560 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to veterinary/animal health technology/technician and veterinary assistant. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with veterinary/animal health technology/technician and veterinary assistant may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to veterinary/animal health technology/technician and veterinary assistant have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 6.7%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 7.6%
Some College Courses 1.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 39.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 7.8%
Master’s Degree 17.6%
Doctoral Degree 11.1%
Post-Doctoral Training 8.5%

Online Veterinary/Animal Health Technician Programs

In 2018-2019, 278 schools offered a veterinary/animal health technology/technician and veterinary assistant program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 57 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 72 3
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 188 6
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 57 2
Master’s Degree 1 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Veterinary/Animal Health Technician Worth It?

The median salary for a veterinary/animal health technology/technician and veterinary assistant grad is $35,560 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to veterinary/animal health technology/technician and veterinary assistant.

Major Number of Grads
Medical/Clinical Assistant 60,320
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 8,341
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 7,650
Occupational Therapist Assistant 4,954
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance) 3,515
Other Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services 3,499
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant 803
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant 392
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant 175
Radiologist Assistant 126
Anesthesiologist Assistant 82
Lactation Consultant 20
Pathology/Pathologist Assistant 12
Chiropractic Assistant/Technician 4

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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