Becoming a Veterinary Technician in North Carolina

Veterinary technology is currently one of the fastest-growing professions in the state of North Carolina. Between 2012 and 2022, the number of veterinary technician positions in this state is projected to increase by 35.4 percent. This is even faster than the projected rate of job growth for veterinary technology nationwide, which is 29.5 percent, and much higher than the overall projected rate of job growth, which is 10.8 percent. [Leer en español]

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Salaries for Veterinary Technicians

Veterinary technicians in North Carolina earn a very solid annual salary of $30,310. Although this is lower than the average nationwide vet tech salary of $32,350, North Carolina has a lower cost of living and lower median home prices than the U.S. averages. The top earners in the field of veterinary technology in North Carolina may earn as much as $41,200 per year.

Requirements for Veterinary Technicians

Veterinary technicians in North Carolina must be licensed by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. In order to qualify for licensure, applicants must complete an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) approved two or four year course of study, pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and pass the North Carolina Veterinary Technician State Exam. Vet techs who have been licensed in another state must pass the North Carolina exam before they may practice in this state.

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AVMA-Accredited Veterinary Technician Programs

Currently, there are four AVMA-accredited veterinary technician programs in the state of North Carolina. Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Central Carolina Community College and Gaston College all have fully-accredited programs that culminate in associate of applied science degrees. An additional school, Miller-Motte College, has a diploma program that is currently under initial accreditation.

Major Veterinary Technician Employers in North Carolina

There are 3,170 veterinary technicians currently employed in North Carolina, and that number is expected to grow by over 1,000 positions to 4,290 by 2022. Vet techs in this state work with animals large and small, in veterinary hospitals, clinics and farms. Some of the facilities in North Carolina in need of licensed veterinary technicians include:

Professional Organizations

The North Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians is the leading professional association for vet techs in this state. Membership benefits include job postings and information about current advocacy efforts. North Carolina vet techs may also join the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in American (NAVTA).

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College and University Listings

Asheville, NC Area

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

340 Victoria Rd, Asheville, North Carolina 28801-4897
Veterinary Medical Technology – Associate Program

The Associate’s degree program at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is taught at their campus in the city of Asheville. Most of the school’s 7,507 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 in the order of $2,419 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $8,563 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $2,000, although this varies from program to program.

Burlington, NC Area

Alamance Community College

1247 Jimmie Kerr Road, Graham, North Carolina 27253-8000
Animal Care and Management Technology – Associate Program, Animal Care and Management Technology – Certificate Program

Alamance Community College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Graham in Alamance County, NC. This public college has about 4,437 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly in the order of $2,190 and for students from outside the state around $7,950 for each academic year, while books and supplies may cost roughly $2,874, although this varies from program to program.

Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC Area

Gaston College

201 Hwy 321 S, Dallas, North Carolina 28034
Veterinary Medical Technology – Associate Program

The Associate’s program at Gaston College is offered at their campus in Dallas in Gaston County. This public college has approximately 5,777 students in total, with the majority of 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 students living in the state is roughly around $2,562 and for out-of-state students around $8,708 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost about $1,200, although this will vary with the program.

Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area Area

Central Carolina Community College

1105 Kelly Dr, Sanford, North Carolina 27330-9840
Veterinary Medical Technology – Associate Program

The Veterinary Medical Technology Associate’s program at Central Carolina Community College is offered at their campus in the town of Sanford. The majority of of the school’s 4,776 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 in the order of $2,412 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $8,556 yearly. Learning materials may cost about $1,760, although this will vary with the program.

Raleigh-Cary, NC Area

Miller-Motte College-Raleigh

3901 Capital Blvd Ste 151, Raleigh, North Carolina 27604-6072
Veterinary Technology – Certificate Program

The Certificate program at Miller-Motte College-Raleigh can be taken at their Raleigh campus in the city of Raleigh, NC. Most of the school’s 375 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Tuition fees are, as a rough guide, around $10,695 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,800, although this varies from program to program.

Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area Area

Davidson County Community College

297 Davidson Community College Rd, Thomasville, North Carolina 27360-7385
Zoo Science Technology – Associate Program

Davidson County Community College’s Associate program in Zoo Science Technology is based at their campus in Thomasville in Davidson County. The college has approximately 4,102 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly in the order of $2,460 and for students from outside the state around $8,604 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,620, 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.

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