North Dakota is seeing a significant increase in the number of available veterinary technician positions. Veterinary technology is one of the fastest-growing professions in the state, with the number of jobs projected to increase by 33.9 percent between 2012 and 2022. This significantly outpaces the projected rate of job growth in all professions (10.8 percent) and also outpaces the nationwide projected growth rate for veterinary technician positions, which is 29.5 percent. [Leer en español]
The average hourly wage for veterinary technicians in North Dakota is $14.78, and the average annual salary is $30,740. This is somewhat lower than the average nationwide vet tech salary, which is $32,350. North Dakota’s cost of living is also above average for the United States, although the median home price is below the U.S. average. The highest-paid veterinary technicians in North Dakota may earn as much as $47,010 per year.
All veterinary technicians in North Dakota must receive a license from the North Dakota Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. To receive a license, applicants must graduate from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) approved program, pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and submit the endorsement of a licensed veterinarian.
At this time, there is only one AVMA-accredited veterinary technology program in North Dakota. North Dakota State University in the city of Fargo has a four-year bachelor of science program that first received its accreditation in 1978.
In addition to small animal work, veterinary technicians in North Dakota have many opportunities to work in the large farming and ranching industries in this state. Small animal clinics, animal hospitals, animal shelters and even research facilities require licensed vet techs too. Facilities in North Dakota that need veterinary technicians include:
- Missouri Valley Veterinary Clinic, Bismarck
- Big Sky Animal Medical and Surgical Referral Center, Great Falls, MT
- Airport Animal Hospital, Fargo
The primary professional organization for vet techs in North Dakota is the North Dakota Veterinary Technician Association (NDVTA). This association helps is members to form valuable professional connections, provides discounted continuing education opportunities and places job postings on their website. North Dakota vet techs may also join the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), which offers additional discounts, networking and education opportunities.
College and University Listings
1301 12th Avenue North, Fargo, North Dakota 58108-6050Veterinary Technology – Bachelor Program
North Dakota State University’s Bachelor program in Veterinary Technology is taught at their Main campus in the city of Fargo. This is a full, 4-year public college with 14,747 students, of which 82% are undergraduates. The university is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly around $8,098 and for out-of-state students likely to be about $19,392 yearly. Study materials can cost about $1,100, 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.