My career goal: To go into the medical field and become a Veterinary Technician.
If you were to become a veterinary technician you would be qualified to do many things. You would perform diagnostic tests, dress wounds of animals, and even assist in surgery. Some technical skills would include drawing blood, collecting urine, and performing skin scrapings. It is a great career choice if you love animals and do not want to spend the money and time to become the actual veterinarian.
Career Working Conditions:
You spend your time in an office unless you are hired at a zoo, which is a possibility. Sometimes the work is emotionally and physically demanding. It is potentially dangerous when dealing with aggressive animals. The work setting can be noisy and you must take extra precautions. Vet technicians are often supervised by the actual veterinarian. You may experience emotional stress when dealing with certain animals that have been abused or when you have to put the animal down. You must maintain calm and professional.
Career Skills and Interests:
1.) Pay attention to detail
2.) Have great communication and must excel in interpersonal skills
3.) Have good office skills and organization
4.) `Adapt Easily
5.) You must have a good drive and determination to follow your dreams and excel in higher education
6.) You should have real world experience
Career Wages and Outlook:
Employment is projected to grow 30% from 2012-2022. In 2012 there were 84,000 vet technicians employed. In 2022 it is estimated at around 109,800 that will be employed. Starting out, technicians will make around 30,000 a year. Throughout their career they could be making up to 50,000 a year.
Career Related Occupations:
~ Physical Therapist Assistant
~ Animal Behavioral Trainer
~ Marine Biologist
~ Animal Breeder
Program Of Study/ Education:
Having 16-20 hours in a veterinary hospital is highly recommended. Graduates are prepared to move directly into assistant positions at animal hospitals, veterinary practices and similar settings. They are also qualified to enroll in an advanced 4-year bachelor's degree program for animal science or pre veterinary studies.
It is required to have an associate's degree in veterinary technology. Some classes required to take are animal pharmacology, animal behavior, clinical practices, animal disease, and veterinary hospital management. Having 16-20 hours experience in a veterinary hospital is highly recommended. Graduates are prepared to move directly into assistant positions at animal hospitals, veterinary practices, and similar settings. They are also qualified to enroll in an advanced four year bachelor's degree program for animal science or pre veterinary studies.
Program Admission Requirements:
1. You must graduate high school with a C average or better
2. You must have completed at least one unit of Algebra, one unit of biology, one unit of chemistry, and have proficiency in high school English
~ Rochester Community and Technical College
~Iowa State University
~University of Nebraska- Lincoln\
~ Globe University
College Choice: Iowa State University
*Size and Location: Located in Ames, Iowa. Student to faculty ratio here is 19:1 with class sizes ranging around 33 students. As of fall 2014, there are 27,659 students enrolled.
* Admission Requirements: The SAT or ACT tests can be used as your admission placement tests. Your application will be determined by four factors: ACT composite score, high school grade point average, high school percentile rank, and number of high school courses completed in the core subject areas. You must have completed 4 years of English/Language Arts, 3 years of Mathematics, 3 years of Science, and 2 years of Social Studies.
--Tuition: Approx. $9,842
-- Room&Board: $7,721
-- Books&Supplies: $1,043
The total annual cost of attendance is approximately $31,472.
*Financial Aid: Offer a variety of grants, scholarships, and loans.
*Housing: Include residence halls and apartments. Housing averages around $7,721 a year.
*Activities: There is athletic offerings such as football, men's and women's basketball, volleyball, and wrestling. Some campus clubs and activities include Big Pink Volleyball, Bras for a Cause, Hockey, Greeks go green, Iowa State Space Society, Iowa State Anime Club, Antique Tractor Club, etc.
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