Delaware is a small state and only employs a few hundred veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and animal caregivers, but like most states there are jobs available for those interested in working with animals. Animal care jobs are expected to grow in Delaware by almost 23 percent over the next few years, and salaries for these jobs are competitive. [Leer en español]
Delaware has a slightly higher than average cost of living and the average salary for vet techs reflects that. The national average salary is $32,350, but it is $33,330 for vet techs working in Delaware, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highest earners in the field in the state make $46,380. Veterinary assistants and animal caregivers, who go through less pre-job training, earn an average salary of $26,870 in Delaware.
The State of Delaware Division of Professional Regulation is responsible for licensing vet techs working in the state. Vet assistants and animal caregivers do not need to be licensed. To become licensed, vet techs must submit a signed and notarized application with the necessary fee and transcripts from a completed program at a vet tech program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Licensing also requires a passing score on the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).
The state of Delaware requires that vet techs working in the state have completed an AVMA-accredited program in veterinary technology anywhere in the country. Only one such program operates in Delaware: the veterinary technology program at Delaware Technical and Community College in Georgetown. The program has full accreditation, and students who successfully complete it earn an associate’s degree and are prepared to take and pass the VTNE.
There are only 350 vet techs working in Delaware and 180 vet assistants or animal caregivers. Employers include veterinarians and veterinary specialists, animal hospitals and emergency centers, animal research laboratories, and animal rescue centers:
- Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware, New Castle
- VCA Newark Animal Hospital, Newark
- Delmarva Animal Emergency Center, Dover
- University of Delaware, Office of Laboratory Animal Medicine, Newark
- Delaware Humane Association, Wilmington
Delaware vet techs can contact the Delaware Veterinary Medical Association for information about careers, resources and job listings. Although there is no state chapter, vet techs working in Delaware can join the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, or NAVTA, and get access to resources on a national level, including access to continuing education and professional development opportunities.
College and University Listings
100 Campus Drive, Dover, Delaware 19901Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
Delaware Technical Community College’s Associate program in Veterinary Technology is based at their Terry campus in the city of Dover. The college has in the order of 2,939 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually about $3,632 and for students from other states in the order of $8,522 per year, while study materials may cost in the order of $1,600, depending on the 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.