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
- Tulsa, OK
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area
- Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area
3921 34th St, Woodward, Oklahoma 73801Veterinary Assistant – Certificate Program
High Plains Technology Center’s Certificate-level Veterinary Assistant program is offered 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 likely to be around $2,625 annually. Learning materials may cost around $3,000, although this will vary with the program.
2101 N Ash, Ponca City, Oklahoma 74601Veterinary Assistant – Certificate Program
The Certificate program at Pioneer Technology Center is based at their campus in the town of Ponca City, Oklahoma. The college has around 436 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years. Tuition fees are broadly around $2,625 yearly, while study materials may cost about $816, depending on the program.
7202 S. I-35 Service Road, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73149Veterinary Technician – Associate Program
The Veterinary Technician Associate’s degree program at Heritage College is offered at their Oklahoma City campus in the city of Oklahoma City, OK. The college has about 715 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The cost of tuition for the Vet Tech program is usually in the order of $29,200 yearly. Study materials can cost about $1,800. Typically, the program is completed in 20 months.
900 N Portland, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107-6195Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
Oklahoma State University’s Associate program in Veterinary Technology is taught at their Oklahoma City campus in the city of Oklahoma City. This public college has in the region of 6,712 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. The university 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 $2,859 and for students from outside the state around $7,719 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,440, depending on the program.
One Murray Campus, Tishomingo, Oklahoma 73460Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
Murray State College’s Associate program in Veterinary Technology is offered at their campus in Tishomingo in Johnston County, OK. This public college has around 2,473 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally 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 $4,340 and for students from other states around $10,260 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,726, although this will vary with the program.
7892 Highway 9, Wetumka, Oklahoma 74883-6155Veterinary Assistant – Certificate Program
Wes Watkins Technology Center’s Certificate program is offered at their campus in Wetumka in Hughes County, OK. Most of the school’s 81 students are on diploma programs of under two 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.
Community Care College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Tulsa. This private, not-for-profit college has in the region of 626 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. The cost of tuition for the Vet Tech program is usually in the order of $13,892 yearly. Study materials can cost about $277. Typically, the program is completed in 8 months.
6111 E Skelly Dr, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135-6198Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
Tulsa Community College’s Associate-level Veterinary Technology program is offered at their campus in the city of Tulsa. Most of the school’s 17,861 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 around $2,900 and for out-of-state students around $7,844 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,560, although this will vary with 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.