The field of veterinary technology offers a rewarding career with great job prospects for animal lovers in the state of Missouri. Veterinary technician jobs in Missouri are expected to grow around 22 percent between 2012 and 2022, which is slightly slower than the overall job outlook for this field but still well above average compared to projected state and nationwide job growth. [Leer en español]
The mean annual salary for a veterinary technician in Missouri is $32,670, which is nearly identical to the national average veterinary technician salary of $32,350. While this wage is slightly lower than the median national salary for all workers ($34,750), the overall cost of living in Missouri is 8.9 percent below average. Furthermore, the highest paid veterinary technician positions in Missouri can pay as much as $48,490 per year. All in all, people pursuing careers in veterinary technology in Missouri should find plentiful job prospects and solid incomes.
The registration requirements for veterinary technicians in Missouri include both the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and the Missouri State Board Examination. Candidates must pass the VTNE with a minimum score of 425 and the Missouri State Board Examination with no less than 70 percent. Candidates may take each test up to four times in order to successfully pass. Failed attempts to pass the VTNE in other states do count toward the four allotted attempts. After candidates have successfully passed both examinations, they may register with the Missouri Division of Professional Registration and seek work as veterinary technicians.
Missouri has a number of veterinary medical programs that have been certified by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Schools with fully accredited associate of science programs include Crowder College in Neosho, Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City and the Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College in St. Louis. Two schools also have initial accreditation: Brown Mackie College in St. Louis and the Midwest Institute in Fenton.
Missouri has 1,190 veterinary technicians currently employed within the state. Vet techs in Missouri may work in small animal clinics or hospitals, provide medical care for the large livestock and production animal industry in Missouri or work in animal shelters and humane societies caring for injured, lost and abandoned animals. Facilities in need of veterinary technicians include:
- The Humane Society of Missouri, St. Louis
- The University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Columbia
- The Animal Medical Center of Mid America, Chesterfield
- Heritage Veterinary Hospital, West St. Louis County
The leading professional organization for veterinary technicians in Missouri is the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association (MOVMA). Registered Missouri vet techs are also eligible to join the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).
College and University Listings
601 Laclede Ave, Neosho, Missouri 64850Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
The Associate’s program at Crowder College is offered at their campus in the town of Neosho. This public college has in the order of 5,710 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Fees for tuition for in-district students are generally about $2,352 and are $3,312 and $3,312 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while study materials may cost around $900, depending on the program.
3200 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64111-2429Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
The Associate’s degree program at Metropolitan Community College is taught at their Kansas City campus in the city of Kansas City. Most of the school’s 18,222 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-district students are roughly around $2,880 and are $5,280 and $6,900 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost roughly $2,160, depending on the program chosen.
2 Soccer Park Rd, Fenton, Missouri 63026Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
Brown Mackie College’s Associate program is offered at their St Louis campus in Fenton in Saint Louis County, MO. This private, for-profit college has about 504 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Tuition fees are usually around $12,672 annually. Study materials can cost around $603, depending on the program chosen.
2700 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Saint Louis, Missouri 63114Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
Hickey College’s Associate program in Veterinary Technology is offered at their campus in Saint Louis in Saint Louis County, MO. Most of the school’s 415 students are on 4-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Tuition fees are generally around $13,890 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,740, although this will depend on the program.
1000 Viking Drive, Hillsboro, Missouri 63050-2440Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
Jefferson College’s Associate program in Veterinary Technology is based at their campus in Hillsboro in Jefferson County, MO. The majority of of the school’s 4,882 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for in-district students is usually in the order of $2,400 and are $3,576 and $4,728 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Learning materials may cost in the order of $916, although this will vary with the program.
Midwest Institute offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are taught at their campus in Fenton in Saint Louis County. This private, for-profit college has around 225 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. The cost of tuition for the Vet Tech program is about $29,360 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,109. Program completion is usually 16 months.
* 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.