Becoming a Veterinary Technician in Arizona

Arizona is a great place to live with its sunshine and warm climate. It’s also a promising state in which to find a job as a veterinary technician, a veterinary assistant or an animal caretaker. Growth in these fields is expected to be positive with more jobs being added every year. These rewarding careers are also fun, but they do require a certain amount of training. To be a vet tech in Arizona requires certification through the state. [Leer en español]

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Veterinary Technician Salaries

The national average salary for a vet tech is $32,350, while the average for Arizona is $28,110. The highest earners in the state can make as much as $37,460, much better than the national average. Veterinary assistants in Arizona make a little less than vet techs, at $24,290 for the average, but to become an assistant requires less training and no certification.

Requirements for Veterinary Technician Certification

Veterinary technicians are like nurses for animals. They do important and challenging work, which means that training and certification are required. To be certified in Arizona, vet techs must have been trained at a school that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and approved by the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board. Applicants for certification must also have passed the Veterinary Technician National Examination and the Arizona state exam for vet techs.

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AVMA-Accredited Veterinary Technician Programs

Arizona requires that vet techs working in the state have attended and completed a veterinary technician program at an AVMA-accredited school. There are several of these in Arizona:

Veterinary Technician Employers in Arizona

Over 2,000 vet techs and nearly 800 veterinary assistants are currently employed in Arizona, and the number of positions available is growing. There are many employers for vet techs and assistants, including animal hospitals, research facilities, kennels and private veterinary practices. Some of the employers in the state include:

Professional Organizations for Vet Techs

Veterinary technicians and assistants working in Arizona may join the Veterinary Health Care Team of Arizona (VHCTAz), a subsidiary of the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association. The organization is designed to include everyone working in animal care from veterinarians to vet techs and even office staff. Vet techs can also join the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, which provides resources on a national level.

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College and University Listings

Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ Area

Carrington College-Mesa

1001 Southern Ave., Ste. 130, Mesa, Arizona 85210
Veterinary Assisting – Certificate Program

The Veterinary Assisting Certificate program at Carrington College is taught at their Mesa campus in the city of Mesa. This private, for-profit college has in the order of 718 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. Tuition fees for the Vet Tech program are likely to be around $14,265 annually. Learning materials may cost around $580. Program completion is normally 9 months. The program includes courses on nursing skills, animal anatomy and physiology, surgical procedures, chemistry, animal restraint, as well as office based skills such as computer basics, telephone and appointments.

Carrington College-Phoenix

8503 N 27th Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85051-4063
Veterinary Assisting – Certificate Program

Carrington College’s Certificate program in Veterinary Assisting is taught at their Phoenix campus in the city of Phoenix. This private, for-profit college has about 617 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. The cost of tuition for the Vet Tech program is broadly about $14,265 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $580. Usually, the program is completed in 9 months.

Mesa Community College

1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, Arizona 85202
Veterinary Technology – Associate Program

Mesa Community College’s Associate-level Veterinary Technology program is based at their campus in the city of Mesa, AZ. Most of the school’s 22,711 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is in the order of $2,046 and for students from outside the state around $7,830 for each academic year, while books and supplies may cost roughly $1,280, although this varies from program to program.

Pima Medical Institute-East Valley

2160 S Power Rd, Mesa, Arizona 85209
Veterinary Assistant – Certificate Program, Veterinary Technician – Associate Program

Pima Medical Institute offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are taught at their East Valley campus in Mesa in Maricopa County, AZ. The majority of of the school’s 459 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. Tuition fees for the Vet Tech program are in the order of $16,443 per year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,824. Usually, the program is completed in 12 months.

Pima Medical Institute-Mesa

957 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, Arizona 85202
Veterinary Assistant – Certificate Program

The Certificate program at Pima Medical Institute is offered at their Mesa campus in the city of Mesa, AZ. The majority of of the school’s 1,038 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. Fees for tuition are about $12,024 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $670, although this will depend on the program.

Pima Medical Institute-Phoenix

1445 East Indian School Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85014-4929
Veterinary Technician – Associate Program, Veterinary Assistant – Certificate Program

Pima Medical Institute offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are taught at their Phoenix campus in the city of Phoenix. The Vet Tech program, with a duration of 1055 contact hours, is the college’s largest program. Fees for tuition are about $16,443 per year, while books and supplies may cost in the order of $1,824, although this varies from program to program.

Tucson, AZ Area

Carrington College-Tucson

201 N. Bonita Ave., Suite 101, Tucson, Arizona 85745
Veterinary Assisting – Certificate Program

The Veterinary Assisting Certificate program at Carrington College is offered at their Tucson campus in the city of Tucson, Arizona. This private, for-profit college has about 424 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. Tuition fees for the Vet Tech program are generally about $14,265 for each academic year. Books and supplies can cost roughly $580. The typical program completion time is 9 months.

Pima Community College

4905C East Broadway Blvd., Tucson, Arizona 85709-1275
Veterinary Practice Assistant – Certificate Program, Veterinary Technician – Associate Program

Pima Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Tucson. This public college has about 28,070 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally about $1,974 and for students from other states approximately $8,610 annually, while study materials may cost around $1,600, depending on the program.

Pima Medical Institute-Tucson

3350 East Grant Road, Suite 200, Tucson, Arizona 85716
Veterinary Technician – Associate Program, Veterinary Assistant – Certificate Program

Pima Medical Institute offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their Tucson campus in the city of Tucson, AZ. This private, for-profit college has round 1,948 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. The cost of tuition for the Vet Tech program is in the order of $12,024 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $743. Program completion is usually 8 months.

* Tuition fees and accredition status are correct at the time of writing, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/). Confirm with college before applying.

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