The field of veterinary technology is booming in New Hampshire, with the number of veterinary technicians in the state projected to grow by 33.2 percent between 2012 and 2022. New Hampshire has seen positive job growth in recent years, but veterinary technology is outpacing many other fields in this state and nationwide. Furthermore, the rate at which veterinary technician jobs are growing is even faster than the rate at which they are growing across the country. [Leer en español]
Veterinary technicians in New Hampshire earn an average yearly salary of $33,260. This is slightly higher than the average salary for all vet techs across the country. The cost of living in New Hampshire is 16.6 percent higher than the national average, while the median home price is practically the same as the national median home price. The highest-paid veterinary technicians in New Hampshire can earn as much as $44,830 per year.
New Hampshire is one of several states that does not require veterinary technicians to be licensed in order to practice. However, almost all employers prefer to hire formally trained and certified vet techs. The New Hampshire Veterinary Technician Association, which certifies vet techs in New Hampshire, requires applicants to have completed an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) approved program and to have passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) within the previous five years.
There are two AVMA-accredited veterinary technician programs in the state of New Hampshire. The Great Bay Community College program is fully accredited and offers an associate of science in veterinary technology degree. As of 2014, the University of New Hampshire offers a new associate of applied science in veterinary technology degree, which is currently in its initial accreditation stage.
There are 740 veterinary technicians currently employed in New Hampshire, and new positions are rapidly becoming available. Veterinary technicians in New Hampshire primarily work with small, domestic animals, although there are some opportunities for livestock and production animal care for those who are interested in such work. Facilities in need of veterinary technicians include:
- Veterinary Emergency Medical Center of Manchester
- Capital Area Veterinary Emergency Services, Concord
- Brentwood Country Animal Hospital, Exeter
- Southern New Hampshire Veterinary Referral Hospital, Manchester
- Granite State Animal Hospital, LLC, Windham
There are two professional organizations in New Hampshire that are open to veterinary technicians. Vet techs in this state may join the New Hampshire Veterinary Technician Association (NHVTA) or the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association (NHVMA). Both organizations provide frequent job postings and continuing education opportunities. The NHVMA also provides legislative representation for the field of veterinary medicine, while the NHVTA is responsible for certifying vet techs in New Hampshire.
College and University Listings
320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801-2879Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
Great Bay Community College’s Associate-level Veterinary Technology program is based at their campus in Portsmouth in Rockingham County, NH. The majority of of the school’s 2,079 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Tuition fees for in-state students are in the order of $7,104 and for students from outside the state approximately $15,264 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,750, although this will depend on the program.
105 Main St., Thompson Hall, Durham, New Hampshire 03824-3547Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
The Veterinary Technology Associate’s degree program at University of New Hampshire can be taken at their Main campus in Durham in Strafford County, NH. Of the 15,117 students, about 15% are postgraduates. The University of New Hampshire-Main Campus has institutional accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $16,986 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $30,256 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,200, although this varies from program to 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.