The number of new veterinary technician jobs available in Maryland is growing at a rate of about 23 percent every year. This means that there are plenty of opportunities for those interested in starting a career in animal services in the state. To be a vet tech in Maryland requires licensing, but working as a vet assistant or an animal caretaker does not. [Leer en español]
At $33,370 per year, the average annual salary for a vet tech in Maryland exceeds the national average. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, top earners in the field are making over $40,000 per year. Veterinary assistant and animal caretaker positions require less training and are not licensed, so the salaries are lower at $26,800 on average.
Only vet techs need to be licensed in Maryland; vet assistants and animal caretakers do not. The Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners sets the requirements for licensing, which includes the completion of a two-year veterinary technology program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). There are exceptions to this, but most candidates for licensing must meet this requirement. Applicants must also submit a passing score on the Veterinary Technician National Examination and pass Maryland’s jurisprudence exam, which is a test of state laws.
There is just one program in Maryland that has been accredited by the AVMA at Essex Campus of the Community College in Baltimore. Other options for Maryland residents include AVMA-programs in other states or accredited online programs offered by out-of-state schools such as Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, Virginia.
There are 2,250 vet techs working in the state, along with 1,620 animal caretakers and vet assistants, with new positions opening up all the time. Some of the employers include veterinary offices, emergency animal hospitals, animal shelters and research laboratories:
- Glade Valley Animal Hospital, Frederick
- Mountain View Animal Emergency, Hagerstown
- Bush Veterinary Neurology Service, Rockville
- Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists, Towson
- Baltimore Humane Society, Baltimore
- University of Maryland Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, College Park
Maryland vet techs recommended by a member veterinarian can join the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association. This statewide group gives members access to important resources regarding jobs, continuing education and legal issues. Vet techs may also become members of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America for access to national and vet tech-specific resources.
College and University Listings
7201 Rossville Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland 21237Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
The Community College of Baltimore County’s Associate-level Veterinary Technology program is offered at their campus in Baltimore in Baltimore County. Most of the school’s 22,887 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The cost of tuition for in-district students is likely to be in the order of $3,712 and are $6,650 and $9,718 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while books and supplies may cost about $1,430, although this varies from program to program.
Garrett College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in McHenry in Garrett County, Maryland. The majority of of the school’s 713 students are on 2-year programs. Tuition fees for in-district students are usually around $3,584 and are $7,000 and $8,120 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,400, depending on the program chosen.
* 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.