This is a great time to become a veterinary technician in the state of Nevada. Veterinary technology is one of the fastest-growing professional fields in this state, with a projected job growth of 33.5 percent between 2012 and 2022. This is even higher than the projected national growth for this profession (29.5 percent), which in turn is much higher than the projected growth of all jobs nationwide. [Leer en español]
Veterinary technicians can earn a good living in the state of Nevada. While Nevada’s cost of living is 2.2 percent higher than the U.S. average, the mean annual salary for Nevada vet techs is also higher: $35,360 compared to $32,350. Furthermore, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the top earners in the field of veterinary technology in Nevada may earn as much as $45,450 per year.
The Nevada State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners is responsible for licensing veterinary technicians in the state of Nevada. Applicants for licensure must complete a number of steps before they are permitted to practice in the state.
First, applicants must complete an approved course of study, which may include an AVMA-accredited veterinary technician program, an approved program of accelerated study or a bachelor’s degree in a field related to animal science that has been approved by the Board.
Applicants must also complete two examinations: the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) with a minimum passing score of 425 and the take-home state jurisprudence exam with a passing score of 90 percent. Finally, each applicant must submit a letter of recommendation to the Board from a professional in the field of veterinary medicine.
Nevada has two schools with fully-accredited veterinary technician programs that each offer an associate of applied science degree. These schools are the Pima Medical Institute in Las Vegas and Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno.
Veterinary technicians in Nevada work primarily with small, domestic animals in veterinary clinics, veterinary hospitals and animal shelters. There are 640 veterinary technicians currently working in the state, and that number has been growing rapidly and should continue to grow. Facilities in Nevada that are in need of state-licensed vet techs include:
- Animal Emergency Center, Las Vegas
- Pet Medical Center of Las Vegas
- Animal Medical Center of Reno
- DOCS Veterinary Hospital, Carson City
Veterinary technicians in Nevada may want to join the Nevada Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) or the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). These two organizations can help with job searches, continuing education, hotel discounts and health insurance discounts. A Nevada Veterinary Technician Association existed for a number of years but appears to be inactive at this time.
College and University Listings
Pima Medical Institute offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are taught at their Las Vegas campus in the city of Las Vegas, NV. The college has approximately 988 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. The cost of tuition for the Vet Tech program is in the order of $12,024 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $743. Typically, the program is completed in 8 months.
7000 Dandini Blvd, Reno, Nevada 89512-3999
Veterinary Technician – Associate Program
The Veterinary Technician Associate’s program at Truckee Meadows Community College can be taken at their campus in the city of Reno, Nevada. Most of the school’s 11,106 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is about $2,805 and for students from other states around $9,450 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $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.