Jobs in veterinary technology and assisting are on the rise in Connecticut and throughout most of the country. For anyone seeking a career taking care of animals, there are plenty of options. Veterinary technicians work closely with veterinarians and can perform limited procedures. Assistants receive less training but also work to help veterinarians. Animal caregivers work in laboratories and shelters looking after animals. [Leer en español]
The average salary for a vet tech working in Connecticut is $38,600, which is higher than the national average of $32,350. Vet assistants and animal caregivers also surpass the national average, but still make less than vet techs. The highest earners among Connecticut vet techs can make as much as $55,650. The higher than average salaries reflect the cost of living in Connecticut, which is about 25 percent higher than the national average.
The only requirement to work as a vet tech in Connecticut is a two- or four-year applied science degree. The state does not certify vet techs, but those interested in being competitive in the job search should consider having certain basic qualifications. These include the completion of a veterinary technology program at a school accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and a passing score on the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).
Although it isn’t required to be hired as a vet tech in the state, an education from an AVMA-accredited school makes a candidate more competitive for a job. In Connecticut there are two accredited programs. The first is at Northwest Connecticut Community College in Winsted. The program is fully accredited. The Middlesex Community College vet tech program in Middletown is in the initial stages of accreditation by the AVMA. Each program leads to an associate degree and prepares students to pass the VTNE.
Vet techs, vet assistants and animal caregivers have many options for being hired in Connecticut. They are employed by veterinarians in private practice, animal hospitals, laboratories, animal rescue groups and emergency and specialty veterinary clinics. Here are just a few of the vet tech and animal caregiver employers in the state:
- Connecticut Veterinary Center, West Hartford
- Pieper Memorial Emergency Veterinary and Specialty Center, Middletown
- Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine, North Haven
- SPCA of Connecticut, Monroe
There is no state organization for veterinary technicians in Connecticut, but anyone who works with animals can contact the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association for information, resources and job listings. Vet techs working in Connecticut can get resources on a national level by joining the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.
College and University Listings
188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06854Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
Norwalk Community College’s Associate program is taught at their campus in the city of Norwalk, CT. The majority of of the school’s 6,363 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The cost of tuition for in-state students is around $4,052 and for out-of-state students in the order of $12,116 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,200, depending on the program chosen.
Park Pl E, Winsted, Connecticut 06098Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
The Veterinary Technology Associate’s degree program at Northwestern Connecticut Community College is based at their campus in the town of Winsted, CT. The majority of of the school’s 1,614 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Fees for tuition for in-state students are about $4,047 and for students from other states likely to be about $12,096 yearly. Books and supplies can cost about $1,200, although this will depend on the program.
100 Training Hill Rd, Middletown, Connecticut 06457-4829Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
The Veterinary Technology Associate’s degree program at Middlesex Community College is taught at their campus in the city of Middletown, Connecticut. The college has in the region of 3,005 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly about $4,032 and for students from other states around $12,096 for each academic year, while books and supplies may cost roughly $1,200, although this varies from program to program.
* 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.