#27 of 30in30: Turn your love for animals into a career

Blue Ridge Community College Vet Techs




Turn your love for animals into a career. Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) offers an award winning and fully accredited Veterinary Technology program that’s been in operation since 1972!

What is it?

Becoming a veterinary technician is similar to becoming registered nurse, except as a vet tech you care for animals. Techs provide assistance to veterinarians in primary animal care, radiology, anesthesia, and laboratory work, but are also used to assist in client education, sales, and marketing.

Blue Ridge students have two options in the pursuit of an education in the area of veterinary science. You can choose to pursue a Career Studies Certificate in Veterinary Assisting or an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. If a career studies certificate is the path you choose, after completion, you may further your studies and apply for admission into the Veterinary Technology Associate Degree program.

After graduating with an associate degree, graduates are eligible to take the National Veterinary Technician Examination (NVTE) which is the final step on the path to becoming a licensed vet tech and is required in Virginia, as well as many other states.

What’s next?

Now it’s time to find a job! With completion of the program, possible occupations for graduates include:

  • veterinary technician for veterinary hospital
  • diagnostic/research laboratory
  • the pharmaceutical industry
  • zoos/wildlife centers sales
  • livestock managers
  • veterinary educators

To find more careers and the salary range, click here.

Where is it offered?

The career studies certificate is only offered through Blue Ridge. As for the associate degree, Blue Ridge is one of two Virginia community colleges offering the program. Northern Virginia Community College also offers a vet tech program, both full- and part-time and online.

Through BRCC, however, you can access the program from other areas of the state.

If you want to go to school part-time and you happen to be in the Virginia Beach, Hampton, Richmond, and Roanoke regions of Virginia, through the Compressed Video Network transmitted to the Virginia Beach campus of Tidewater Community College, the Midlothian Campus of John Tyler Community College, Germanna Community College, and to Virginia Western Community College.

What does the future hold?

You can’t go wrong by choosing a career that’s in demand. And if you love animals and you’ve got access to one the community college’s mentioned above, why not become a vet tech!

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