The field of veterinary technology has seen solid job growth in New Jersey in recent years, and employment opportunities for veterinary technicians should continue to increase in this state. Between 2012 and 2022, vet tech jobs are projected to grow by 11.7 percent in New Jersey, while overall employment opportunities nationwide are only expected to increase by 10.8 percent. [Leer en español]
Veterinary technicians in New Jersey earn a mean annual salary of $34,340, which is a bit higher than the average annual salary of $32,350 that veterinary technicians earn nationwide. However, the median home price and cost of living in New Jersey is also higher than the national average, so vet techs who are attracted by the higher salaries in this state should keep that in mind. Experienced veterinary technicians on the highest end of the pay scale in New Jersey make salaries as high as $48,020 per year.
The New Jersey Veterinary Technician Association (NJVTA) is responsible for certifying veterinary technicians in this state. Prior to applying for certification, candidates must graduate from an American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) approved program and pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). Vet techs from other states may also receive Certification by Reciprocity if they have passed the VTNE and are members in good standing in their former state’s credentialing organization.
There are two veterinary technician programs in the state of New Jersey, both of which have full accreditation. Camden County College has been offering an associate in animal technology degree since 1978, while Bergen Community College has a relatively new associate of applied science in animal technology degree that has been offered since 2008.
Veterinary technicians in New Jersey work primarily with small domestic animals in animal hospitals, shelters and clinics. During a time when people value their pets more than ever before, this translates into numerous employment opportunities. Some of the animal medicine facilities in need of certified vet techs include:
- Belle Mead Animal Hospital, Hillsborough Township
- Raritan Animal Hospital, Edison
- Rutherford Animal Hospital, Rutherford
- Princeton Animal Hospital, Princeton
The NJVTA is the leading professional organization for New Jersey vet techs in addition to being the state’s credentialing organization. Benefits of joining the NJVTA include continuing education and additional certification opportunities, reduced registration rates for conferences and seminars, networking opportunities with the rest of the New Jersey vet tech community and reduced membership rates for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).
College and University Listings
200 College Drive, Blackwood, New Jersey 08012Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
The Associate’s program at Camden County College is based at their campus in Blackwood in Camden County, NJ. The majority of of the school’s 12,051 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Tuition fees for in-district students are usually around $4,320 and are $4,440 and $4,440 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost about $1,600, although this will vary with the program.
400 Paramus Rd, Paramus, New Jersey 07652-1595Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
The Associate’s degree program at Bergen Community College is offered at their campus in Paramus in Bergen County. This public college has about 15,651 students in total, with the majority of students 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 usually in the order of $4,278 and are $7,686 and $8,046 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while study materials may cost in the order of $1,400, depending on the 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.