Becoming a Veterinary Technician in Kansas

The number of jobs available for veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and animal caretakers in Kansas are expected to grow every year for the next several years. This means that anyone interested in working with animals has a great opportunity for a rewarding career in the state. To become a vet tech in Kansas requires registration through the Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners (KBVE). [Leer en español]

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Salaries for Veterinary Technicians in Kansas

With an average annual salary of $31,630, vet techs in Kansas earn a competitive wage when compared to the national average of $32,350. Top earners in the state can make as much as $42,860 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those working in the fields of animal caretaking and veterinary assisting earn less, with an average salary of $24,210, but they also require less training.

Requirements for Becoming a Veterinary Technician in Kansas

Vet techs in Kansas must be registered with the KBVE. Registration requirements include the completion of a veterinary technician program at an accredited institution, a passing score on the Veterinary Technician National Examination, and a complete application with the appropriate fee and a photograph.

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AVMA-Accredited Veterinary Technician Programs

Working as a vet tech is rewarding, but it also requires certain skills that are taught in veterinary technician programs. These are typically two-year programs, and there are several in the state of Kansas that are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA):

Veterinary Technician Employers

The 520 vet techs and 1,000 vet assistants and animal caretakers in Kansas are working for a variety of employers. These include large veterinary hospitals, animal emergency rooms, small private practices, research laboratories, kennels and animal rescue centers. Some important employers include:

Professional Organizations for Vet Techs

For veterinary technicians or those studying to become a vet tech, the Kansas Veterinary Technicians Association is an important professional organization to join. It provides members with information about job opportunities, chances to network and continuing education courses and events. Kansas vet techs may also want to join the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, which provides opportunities and resources on a national level.

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College and University Listings

Kansas City, MO-KS Area

Brown Mackie College-Kansas City

9705 Lenexa Dr., Lenexa, Kansas 66215
Veterinary Technology – Associate Program

Brown Mackie College’s Associate-level Veterinary Technology program is offered at their Kansas City campus in Lenexa in Johnson County, KS. This private, for-profit college has round 458 students in total, with most students on 4-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees are generally around $12,672 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $603, although this will depend on the program.

Wright Career College

10700 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, Kansas 66210-1616
Veterinary Nursing & Technology – Associate Program

Wright Career College’s Associate-level Veterinary Nursing & Technology program is offered at their campus in the city of Overland Park, KS. The majority of of the school’s 1,391 students are on 4-year programs. Tuition fees are, as a rough guide, around $13,100 for each academic year, while books and supplies may cost roughly $1,600, although this varies from program to program.

Kansas nonmetropolitan area Area

Brown Mackie College-Salina

2106 South 9th Street, Salina, Kansas 67401-7307
Veterinary Technology – Associate Program

Brown Mackie College’s Associate program in Veterinary Technology is offered at their Salina campus in the town of Salina. This private, for-profit college has around 452 students in total, with most students on 4-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Fees for tuition are likely to be about $12,672 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost around $603, although this will depend on the program.

Colby Community College

1255 S Range, Colby, Kansas 67701
Veterinary Technology – Associate Program

The Associate’s degree program at Colby Community College is taught at their campus in the town of Colby. Most of the school’s 1,508 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Fees for tuition for in-district students are usually in the order of $3,150 and are $3,300 and $4,920 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while books and supplies may cost about $1,200, although this varies from program to program.

Independence Community College

1057 West College Avenue, Independence, Kansas 67301-0708
Veterinary Technology – Associate Program

The Associate’s program at Independence Community College is offered at their campus in the town of Independence. This public college has about 945 students in total, with the majority of students 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 in-district students is likely to be in the order of $3,376 and are $3,664 and $4,944 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Learning materials may cost about $200, although this will vary with the program.

Wichita, KS Area

Butler Community College

901 S Haverhill Rd, El Dorado, Kansas 67042-3280
Pre-Veterinarian – Associate Program

Butler Community College’s Associate program is taught at their campus in the town of El Dorado, KS. The majority of of the school’s 9,003 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 in-district students is generally in the order of $3,235 and are $3,565 and $5,185 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Learning materials may cost around $1,000, although this will vary with 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.

Other Options

Kansas residents have further educational options in the neighboring states of Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and Colorado.