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Veterinary/Animal Health Technician

503 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
0 Master's Degrees Annually
#43 in Popularity
$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

People with careers related to veterinary/animal health technology/technician and veterinary assistant were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

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

This major prepares you for careers in which these 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

veterinary/animal health technology/technician and veterinary assistant majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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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 a veterinary/animal health technology/technician and veterinary assistant major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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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?

People with a veterinary/animal health technology/technician and veterinary assistant degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 20.0% $34,420

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary/Animal Health Technician?

503 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
95% Percent Women
20% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 95% of the recent graduates in this field are 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 Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 11
Black or African American 21
Hispanic or Latino 58
White 350
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 62

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant, too. About 0.2% 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 you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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.

Median Salary for a Veterinary/Animal Health Technician Major  ( 35560 to 122320 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with veterinary/animal health technology/technician and veterinary assistant require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for veterinary/animal health technology/technician and veterinary assistant careers below.

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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 4,986
Other Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services 3,605
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance) 3,515
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant 803
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant 392
Anesthesiologist Assistant 307
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant 175
Radiologist Assistant 126
Pathology/Pathologist Assistant 124
Lactation Consultant 20
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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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