Modern pet owners demand excellent care for their animals, and providing that care can be a very rewarding profession. In New Mexico, the field of veterinary technology has seen solid job growth, which is expected to continue. The number of veterinary technician positions in this state is projected to grow from 410 to 470 between 2012 and 2022, an increase of 14.7 percent compared to the overall nationwide projected job growth rate of 10.8 percent. [Leer en español]
The average annual salary for a veterinary technician in New Mexico is $31,910, which is slightly below the national average vet tech salary of $32,350. The cost of living in New Mexico is a fraction above average, but the average home price is below the national average. The median hourly wage for vet techs in New Mexico ($15.43) is almost identical to the median hourly wage for all workers in New Mexico ($15.76). Furthermore, the top earners in New Mexico’s vet tech field can earn as much as $18.84 per hour and $39,180 per year.
Before they can practice in New Mexico, veterinary technicians must be certified by the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine (NMBVM). Before qualifying for certification, each candidate must graduate from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) approved program, pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and pass the state licensing exam.
There are two fully-accredited veterinary technician programs in New Mexico and one program under initial accreditation. Central New Mexico Community College and San Juan College are the two programs with full accreditation, and both offer associate of applied science degrees. The relatively new program at Brown Mackie College-Albuquerque also offers an associate of applied science degree.
New Mexico has a large number of farm and ranch animals that require veterinary care, in addition to many small domestic animals
- Southwest Veterinary Medical Center, Corrales
- VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital, Albuquerque
- Animal Neurology and Imaging Center, Santa Fe
- Veterinary Cancer Center, Santa Fe
The leading professional organization for New Mexico vet techs is the New Mexico Registered Veterinary Technician Association (NM-RVTA). Members receive discounts at some New Mexico businesses and representation at NMBVM and New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association (NMVMA) meetings. New Mexico vet techs may also join the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).
College and University Listings
- Albuquerque, NM
- Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
- North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
- Farmington, NM
10500 Cooper Ave NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87123Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
Brown Mackie College’s Associate-level Veterinary Technology program is offered at their Albuquerque campus in the city of Albuquerque. This private, for-profit college has roughly 767 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. Fees for tuition are likely to be about $13,131 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost about $603, although this varies from program to program.
525 Buena Vista SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
The Associate’s degree program at Central New Mexico Community College is based at their campus in the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The majority of of the school’s 26,771 students are 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-state students are likely to be in the order of $1,448 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $6,704 yearly, while study materials may cost about $800, depending on the program.
4400 Cutler Avenue NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110Veterinary Assistant – Certificate Program
The Veterinary Assistant Certificate program at Pima Medical Institute can be taken at their Albuquerque campus in the city of Albuquerque. The majority of of the school’s 892 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. The cost of tuition is generally in the order of $12,024 yearly. Books and supplies can cost about $670, although this will depend on the program.
52 University Blvd, Roswell, New Mexico 88202-6000Laboratory Animal Caretaker – Certificate Program
The Certificate program at Eastern New Mexico University is offered at their Roswell campus in the town of Roswell, New Mexico. The college has round 3,303 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Fees for tuition for in-district students are roughly about $1,824 and are $1,944 and $4,536 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Books and supplies can cost roughly $1,066, although this will depend on the program.
San Juan College offers various Certificate program options in Veterinary Technology a Certificate program and a Associate program. All programs are imparted at their campus in the city of Farmington. The majority of of the school’s 8,323 students are on 2-year programs. The college is 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 in the order of $1,474 and for students from outside the state around $4,114 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,200, although this will vary with the program.
Lower Point Road, State Road 371, Crownpoint, New Mexico 87313-0849Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
The Veterinary Technology Associate’s degree program at Navajo Technical University can be taken at their campus in Crownpoint in Mckinley County. This is a full, 4-year public college with 2,075 students, of which 100% are undergraduates. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition is in the order of $4,170 yearly, while study materials may cost about $1,200, 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.