Veterinary technology is one of the fastest growing fields in the country, and veterinary technician positions are absolutely booming in Oklahoma. In this state, vet tech jobs are projected to grow by 39.4 percent by 2022. Not only is this much faster than the projected job growth for all professions, but it is also faster than the already impressive nationwide projected job growth for veterinary technology, which is 29.5 percent. [Leer en español]
Veterinary technicians in Oklahoma earn an average annual salary of $28,480. This is a bit lower than the national average vet tech salary of $32,350, but vet techs in Oklahoma benefit from the low cost of living and low median home value in this state. The highest-paid veterinary technicians in Oklahoma may earn as much as $38,180 per year.
Veterinary technicians in Oklahoma must be licensed by the Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners before they are allowed to practice in the state. Before they can be licensed, candidates must complete a program that has been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and pass both the state and national veterinary technician exams. The national exam ensures that each candidate can competently perform the duties of a vet tech, while the state exam ensures that the candidates understand state-specific laws relating to veterinary practice.
There are three accredited veterinary technician programs in the state of Oklahoma. Murray State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City and Tulsa Community College all have fully-accredited programs that culminate in associate of applied science degrees.
The state of Oklahoma offers a mix of opportunities for veterinary technicians, ranging from small animal work to jobs caring for farm and ranch animals. Some of the facilities in Oklahoma in need of licensed vet techs include:
The Oklahoma Veterinary Technician Association (OVTA) is the professional organization for vet techs in this state. Membership benefits include discounts on continuing education, a discount on subscriptions to Veterinary Technician magazine and $2000 of accidental death and dismemberment insurance. Members of the OVTA are also eligible for the Oklahoma Veterinary Technician of the Year award. Oklahoma vet techs may also join the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).
College and University Listings
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area
- Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Tulsa, OK
Community Care College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are imparted at their campus in the city of Tulsa, OK. Most of the school’s 626 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. Tuition fees for the Vet Tech program are around $13,892 for each academic year, while books and supplies may cost roughly $277. Program completion is normally 8 months.
7202 S. I-35 Service Road, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73149Veterinary Technician – Associate Program
Heritage College’s Associate program is based at their Oklahoma City campus in the city of Oklahoma City. The majority of of the school’s 715 students are on 2-year programs. Tuition fees for the Vet Tech program are generally around $29,200 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,800. The typical program completion time is 20 months.
3921 34th St, Woodward, Oklahoma 73801Veterinary Assistant – Certificate Program
The Certificate program at High Plains Technology Center can be taken at their campus in Woodward in Woodward County, Oklahoma. Most of the school’s 262 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Oklahoma Board of Career and Technology Education. Tuition fees are generally around $2,625 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $3,000, although this will depend on the program.
One Murray Campus, Tishomingo, Oklahoma 73460Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
Murray State College’s Associate-level Veterinary Technology program is based at their campus in Tishomingo in Johnston County. Most of the school’s 2,473 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally around $4,340 and for out-of-state students approximately $10,260 annually, while books and supplies may cost around $1,726, although this varies from program to program.
900 N Portland, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107-6195Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
The Veterinary Technology Associate’s degree program at Oklahoma State University is based at their Oklahoma City campus in the city of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The majority of of the school’s 6,712 students are on 4-year programs. The university is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for in-state students is around $2,859 and for out-of-state students in the order of $7,719 per year, while books and supplies may cost in the order of $1,440, although this varies from program to program.
2101 N Ash, Ponca City, Oklahoma 74601Veterinary Assistant – Certificate Program
Pioneer Technology Center’s Certificate program is offered at their campus in the town of Ponca City. The majority of of the school’s 436 students are on diploma programs of under two years. Tuition fees are broadly around $2,625 annually, while study materials may cost around $816, depending on the program.
6111 E Skelly Dr, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135-6198Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
Tulsa Community College’s Associate program in Veterinary Technology is based at their campus in the city of Tulsa, OK. The college has around 17,861 students in total, with most students 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 about $2,900 and for students from other states around $7,844 for each academic year. Study materials can cost roughly $1,560, depending on the program chosen.
7892 Highway 9, Wetumka, Oklahoma 74883-6155Veterinary Assistant – Certificate Program
The Certificate program at Wes Watkins Technology Center is offered at their campus in Wetumka in Hughes County, OK. This public college has in the order of 81 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years. Tuition fees are around $5,214 per year, while books and supplies may cost in the order of $1,585, 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.