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Distance Learning Veterinarian Technician - Career Preparation for Animal Lovers

Aug 17, 2007
Several distance learning veterinarian technician programs are accredited by the AVMA. Veterinary medicine has become very complex and sophisticated in recent years. Veterinarians use skilled veterinary technicians to perform routine clinical and laboratory procedures. The need for veterinary technicians is expected to grow. Veterinary technician training programs throughout the US are accredited by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association).

The AVMA accredits veterinarian technicians programs that are conducted in laboratory, or clinical settings, and involve the humane use of live animals. Most of these programs lead to an associate degree, after 2 years of study. Some lead to a baccalaureate degree, after 4 years. Distance learning veterinarian technician programs offer flexibility and convenience.

Working as a Veterinary Technician

Veterinary technicians work under the supervision of licensed veterinarians. They help them by providing nursing care, preparing for surgery, collecting specimens, advising owners of animals, etc. They are not permitted to prescribe, diagnose, perform surgery, or to do anything that is prohibited by the state's practice act.

This may be the right career for you, if you like animals, are good at decision making and basic mathematics and enjoy working with your hands. The work involves working with people and handling a variety of responsibilities.

New career fields are opening up for veterinary technicians that involve working in fields related to human beings, as well as animals. Some of them are Military Service, Diagnostic Research, Education, Biomedical Research, Drug and Feed Manufacturing Companies, Zoos and Wildlife Facilities, etc.

Distance Learning Programs

Some of the distance learning veterinarian technician programs accredited by AVMA, are mentioned here. Be sure to investigate each one carefully before enrolling to determine if it is the right program for you.

The Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine offers an online Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program. This Associate of Science Program is accredited by the AVMA and is meant for students who are employed elsewhere. Students are required to complete a Clinical Mentorship, with a veterinarian.

The Blue Ridge Community College offers a Veterinary Technology associate degree program, accredited by the AVMA. The program starts every 3 years and is conducted via a live 2-way television connection. One of the eligibility requirements is that applicants must be employed by a veterinarian for at least 20 hours a week.

Distance learning veterinarian technician programs are suitable for students who are employed by a veterinarian or who have developed a relationship with one. Look for an accredited program that is nationally recognized.
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