Becoming a Veterinary Technician in New York

The state of New York has a large and fast-growing population of veterinary technicians. The number of veterinary technician positions in the state is projected to increase by 24 percent by 2022. While this is somewhat slower than the projected nationwide job growth in this booming profession, it is still more than twice the rate of overall job growth expected in the United States, which is 10.8 percent. [Leer en español]

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Salaries for Veterinary Technicians

Veterinary technicians in New York earn an average salary of $39,740, which makes them some of the best paid vet techs in the country. In comparison, the average annual salary for vet techs nationwide is only $32,350. Furthermore, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the top earners in this field in New York may earn as much as $58,100 per year. However, the cost of housing and overall cost of living is also higher than average in this state.

Requirements for Veterinary Technicians

All veterinary technicians in New York must be licensed by the New York State Education Department Office of the Professions. In order to qualify for licensure, applicants must complete a veterinary technician program that has been approved by the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) and pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). Applicants who have been licensed by another state may have their license endorsed by New York if they have met New York’s requirements.

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AVMA-Accredited Veterinary Technician Programs in New York

There are many schools with AVMA-accredited veterinary technician programs in New York state. Three of these schools, Medaille College, Mercy College and State University of New York-Canton, offer four-year bachelor of science degrees. Medaille and Canton also offer fully accredited, two-year associate of applied science degrees, as do La Guardia Community College, State University of New York-Delhi and Suffolk Community College. Several schools also have initial or probationary accreditation for their veterinary technician programs, including Genesee Community College, State University of New York-Ulster and Westchester Community College.

Major Veterinary Technician Employers in New York

New York offers a range of working environments for veterinary technicians, ranging from busy, small animal hospitals in dense urban areas, to work with farm animals in beautiful rural areas. There are currently 3,800 veterinary technicians working in New York, and that number is expected to grow to 4,710 by 2022. Some of the facilities in need of licensed veterinary technicians include:

Professional Organizations

The New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians (NYSAVT) is the leading professional organization for New York vet techs. Vet techs in this state may also join the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).

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College and University Listings

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY Area

Medaille College

18 Agassiz Circle, Buffalo, New York 14214-2695
Veterinary Technology – Bachelor Program, Veterinary Technology – Associate Program

Medaille College offers multiple training options, including a Bachelor program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Buffalo, NY. This is a full, 4-year private college with 2,479 students, of which 77% are undergraduates. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Tuition fees are around $26,252 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,100, although this varies from program to program.

Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area Area

Clinton Essex Warren Washington BOCES

1585 Military Turnpike, Plattsburgh, New York 12901-0455
Animal Science/Veterinary Assistant – Certificate Program

Clinton Essex Warren Washington BOCES’s Certificate-level Animal Science/Veterinary Assistant program is taught at their campus in the town of Plattsburgh. This public college has in the order of 63 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Tuition fees are around $10,100 for each academic year, while books and supplies may cost roughly $1,586, although this varies from program to program.

SUNY College of Technology at Canton

34 Cornell Drive, Canton, New York 13617-1098
Veterinary Science Technology – Associate Program, Veterinary Technology – Bachelor Program

SUNY College of Technology at Canton offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Bachelor program. All programs are taught at their campus in the town of Canton. The majority of of the school’s 3,278 students are on 4-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $7,855 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $12,245 yearly. Learning materials may cost about $1,200, although this will vary with the program.

Central New York nonmetropolitan area Area

SUNY College of Technology at Delhi

2 Main Street, Delhi, New York 13753-1100
Veterinary Science Technology – Associate Program

The Veterinary Science Technology Associate’s degree program at SUNY College of Technology at Delhi is taught at their campus in the town of Delhi, NY. Of the 3,598 students, about 0% are postgraduates. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Fees for tuition for in-state students are in the order of $7,855 and for students from outside the state approximately $12,225 annually. Study materials can cost around $1,400, depending on the program chosen.

Kingston, NY Area

Ulster County Community College

491 Cottekill Rd, Stone Ridge, New York 12484
Veterinary Technology – Associate Program

The Associate’s program at Ulster County Community College is based at their campus in Stone Ridge in Ulster County. The majority of of the school’s 3,594 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is about $4,942 and for students from other states around $9,172 for each academic year. Study materials can cost roughly $1,000, depending on the program chosen.

Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division Area

Suffolk County Community College

533 College Rd, Selden, New York 11784-2899
Veterinary Science Technology – Associate Program

Suffolk County Community College’s Associate-level Veterinary Science Technology program is offered at their campus in Selden in Suffolk County. The college has approximately 26,600 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 students living in the state is roughly about $5,100 and for students from other states around $9,490 for each academic year, while books and supplies may cost roughly $1,500, although this varies from program to program.

New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division Area

CUNY Bronx Community College

2155 University Avenue, Bronx, New York 10453
Animal Care Management – Certificate Program

CUNY Bronx Community College’s Certificate-level Animal Care Management program is taught at their campus in the city of Bronx. The college has round 11,506 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally around $5,206 and for out-of-state students approximately $8,086 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,364, although this will depend on the program.

CUNY LaGuardia Community College

31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, New York 11101
Veterinary Technology – Associate Program

CUNY LaGuardia Community College’s Associate program in Veterinary Technology is based at their campus in the city of Long Island City. The majority of of the school’s 20,231 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Fees for tuition for in-state students are in the order of $5,218 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $8,098 yearly. Learning materials may cost about $1,364, although this will vary with the program.

Mercy College

555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, New York 10522
Veterinary Technology – Bachelor Program

The Bachelor’s degree program at Mercy College is based at their campus in Dobbs Ferry in Westchester County, NY. This is a full, 4-year private college with 11,272 students, of which 70% are undergraduates. Fees for tuition are likely to be about $18,076 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,492, although this will vary with the program.

SUNY Westchester Community College

75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, New York 10595
Veterinary Technology – Associate Program

SUNY Westchester Community College’s Associate-level Veterinary Technology program is based at their campus in Valhalla in Westchester County, New York. The college has round 13,916 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $4,723 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $12,213 yearly. Learning materials may cost about $2,000, although this will vary with the program.

Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area Area

Genesee Community College

One College Rd, Batavia, New York 14020
Veterinary Technology – Associate Program

The Associate’s program at Genesee Community College is based at their campus in the town of Batavia, New York. This public college has roughly 6,876 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is in the order of $4,410 and for students from outside the state around $5,010 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,170, depending on the program.

SUNY College of Technology at Alfred

10 Upper College Drive, Alfred, New York 14802
Veterinary Technology – Associate Program

SUNY College of Technology at Alfred’s Associate-level Veterinary Technology program is based at their campus in the town of Alfred. The majority of of the school’s 3,661 students are on 4-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Tuition fees for in-state students are roughly in the order of $8,057 and for students from outside the state around $14,617 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.

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