To work with animals is a dream for many people, and that dream can be realized in Idaho, where the field of veterinary technology and related careers is growing. More positions are being added every year in Idaho for veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and animal caregivers. To work as a vet tech in the state requires certification through the state veterinary board. [Leer en español]
The average annual salary for a vet tech in Idaho is $28,810, a little lower than the national average salary, although the cost of living in the state is also lower than the national average. The top earners in the field can expect to make as much as $37,290. Because they require less education and training and no certification, vet assistants and animal caregivers earn less than vet techs with an average salary of $23,640.
The Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine is responsible for certifying vet techs, and certification is required in order to work under that title in the state. To be certified, a vet tech must have completed a veterinary technology program at a school accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and have passed the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). Candidates for certification must also be at least 18 years old and score 90 percent on the Idaho Veterinary Technician Jurisprudence Examination.
The state requires that vet techs complete an AVMA-accredited program in veterinary technology, and there are three schools in Idaho that qualify:
- Broadview University – Boise, Meridian
- Brown Mackie College-Boise
- College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls
Vet techs in Idaho can find jobs with veterinarians working in private practices, at animal hospitals and specialist clinics, at research facilities and with emergency veterinarians. Animal caregivers and veterinary assistants are often employed in similar facilities, but with fewer responsibilities.
- Idaho Humane Society, Boise
- WestVet 24 Hour Animal Emergency and Specialty Center, Garden City
- Idaho Equine Hospital, Nampa
- Animal Medical Center, Boise
- Animal Health Laboratories, Boise
The Idaho Society of Veterinary Technicians and Assistants is the premier professional organization in the state for both vet techs and vet assistants. Members can join regional chapters and benefit from the resources provided by the group. Vet techs can also join the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, which provides resources for continuing education and job searches on a national level.
College and University Listings
2750 East Gala Court, Meridian, Idaho 83642-0000Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
The Associate’s degree program at Broadview University is taught at their Boise campus in Meridian in Ada County, ID. The majority of of the school’s 116 students are on 4-year programs. The university is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Fees for tuition are broadly about $13,500 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,152, depending on the program.
9050 W Overland Rd, Ste 101, Boise, Idaho 83709Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
Brown Mackie College’s Associate-level Veterinary Technology program is offered at their Boise campus in the city of Boise. The college has in the order of 356 students in total, with most students on 4-year programs. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Fees for tuition are broadly about $13,032 per year, while study materials may cost in the order of $603, depending on the program.
525 S Center, Rexburg, Idaho 83460-1690Animal Science – Associate Program
Brigham Young University’s Associate program in Animal Science is taught at their Idaho campus in the town of Rexburg, Idaho. Most of the school’s 36,624 students are on 4-year programs. The university is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Tuition fees are likely to be around $3,830 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $818, although this will vary with the program.
College of Southern Idaho offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Twin Falls. The majority of of the school’s 8,473 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Tuition fees for in-district students are likely to be around $2,880 and are $3,880 and $6,720 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while books and supplies may cost about $990, 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.