Veterinary technicians in Louisiana are part of a growing field of animal workers. The number of jobs available for vet techs, as well as veterinary assistants and animal caretakers, is steadily growing, which means more opportunities for those who love animals to find a rewarding career in the state. [Leer en español]
Vet techs working in Louisiana make an average annual salary of $27,410. This is lower than the national average salary for vet techs, but the low cost of living in the state makes up for the discrepancy. Additionally, top earners in the state can make as much as $36,470 per year. Vet assistants and caregivers earn less, at $23,520 annually, but do not have to be licensed.
The Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine (LBVM) licenses vet techs in the state. To become licensed, you must first complete a veterinary technology program that has been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and then pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). The next step is to send a completed application to the LBVM with the required fee, school transcripts and exam scores. Candidates licensed in another state must also submit two reference letters to attest to character and professionalism.
Vet techs in Louisiana must have completed an educational program accredited by the AVMA. These programs are designed to prepare students for the skilled work that vet techs perform and to pass the VTNE. Hopeful vet techs have four programs to choose from in Louisiana:
- Baton Rouge Community College, Baton Rouge
- Delgado Community College, Metairie
- Northshore Technical College, Greensburg
- Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Natchitoches
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 1,300 vet techs and over 1,200 vet assistants and animal caretakers currently working in Louisiana. They are employed by private practice veterinarians, animal hospitals, kennels, rescue centers, wildlife organizations and animal emergency hospitals. Some of the important employers in the state include:
- Town and Country Veterinary Clinic, Lafayette
- Audubon Nature Institute, New Orleans
- Tulane University – Tulane National Primate Research Center, Covington
- Baton Rouge Pet Emergency Hospital, Baton Rouge
- Louisiana SPCA, New Orleans
In addition to the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, a professional organization that offers vet techs nationwide resources, vet techs in Louisiana can join the Louisiana Association of Veterinary Technicians. This organization provides vet techs in the state with information about licensing, continuing education and professional networking opportunities.
College and University Listings
- Baton Rouge, LA
- New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA
- Hammond nonmetropolitan area
- Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area
201 Community College Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
The Associate’s degree program at Baton Rouge Community College can be taken at their campus in the city of Baton Rouge. The college has around 7,740 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition for in-state students is about $3,872 and for students from other states in the order of $7,951 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,200, although this will vary with the program.
Northshore Technical Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program a Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Bogalusa in Washington County, LA. The majority of of the school’s 3,752 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly in the order of $3,935 and for students from outside the state around $7,444 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,220, although this will vary with the program.
University Parkway, Natchitoches, Louisiana 71497-0002Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
Northwestern State University of Louisiana’s Associate program is taught at their campus in the town of Natchitoches. Of the 9,002 students, about 12% are postgraduates. The university is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Fees for tuition for in-state students are in the order of $7,006 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $17,794 yearly. Books and supplies can cost about $1,220, although this will depend on the program.
615 City Park Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
Delgado Community College’s Associate program is based at their campus in the city of New Orleans. The majority of of the school’s 17,152 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be around $3,911 and for out-of-state students likely to be about $8,200 yearly. Books and supplies can cost about $1,200, although this will depend 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.