The field of veterinary technology is growing fast across the country, making it a promising career path for job seekers. Between 2012 and 2022, the number of veterinary technician jobs was projected to grow by 29.5 percent, which is significantly faster than the projected rate of overall job growth. In the state of South Carolina, veterinary technician jobs are expected to increase even faster than that, at a rate of 30.7 percent by 2022. [Leer en español]
The median annual salary for a veterinary technician in South Carolina is $28,690. While this is lower than the nationwide median salary for vet techs, South Carolina is also more affordable than many other states. The median home price is below the national average, and the overall cost of living in South Carolina is 7.3 percent lower than average. As a result, vet techs can still earn a good living. In addition, the top earners in the field of veterinary technology in South Carolina may earn as much as $38,840 per year.
The state of South Carolina requires veterinary technicians to be licensed by the South Carolina Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners in order to practice. To qualify for a license, vet techs must complete an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) approved vet tech program and pass both the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and the state jurisprudence exam. If a candidate has been certified as a vet tech in another state, verification of this certification may replace the VTNE, although the candidate will still need to pass the state exam to ensure understanding of veterinary regulations in South Carolina.
There are three fully accredited veterinary technician programs available to students in South Carolina. Piedmont Technical College in Newberry offers an associate in health science degree, Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton offers an associate in applied science degree and Trident Technical College in Moncks Corner offers an associate in allied health sciences degree.
The mix of urban and rural regions in South Carolina means that a variety of veterinary technician jobs are available, ranging from small pet care to livestock care. As many as 1,690 vet techs are expected to be employed in this state by the year 2022. Some of the facilities in South Carolina in need of licensed vet techs include:
- Animal Medical West, Charleston
- Advanced Veterinary Hospital, Sumter
- Marine Corps Base Veterinary Treatment Facility, Parris Island
- Palmetto Animal Hospital, Myrtle Beach
There is currently no professional organization in South Carolina specifically for veterinary technicians, although a website is under construction for a South Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians. In the meantime, South Carolina vet techs may join the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).
College and University Listings
- Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC
- Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
- Anderson, SC
- Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC
7900 U.S. Hwy 76, Pendleton, South Carolina 29670Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
Tri-County Technical College’s Associate program in Veterinary Technology is taught at their campus in Pendleton in Anderson County. The majority of of the school’s 6,386 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Tuition fees for in-district students are likely to be around $3,967 and are $5,167 and $8,815 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost about $1,500, depending on the program chosen.
7000 Rivers Avenue, Charleston, South Carolina 29423-8067Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
Trident Technical College’s Associate-level Veterinary Technology program is based at their campus in the city of Charleston, South Carolina. Most of the school’s 16,136 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Fees for tuition for in-district students are roughly about $4,039 and are $4,481 and $7,645 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Learning materials may cost roughly $2,046, although this will vary with the program.
506 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, South Carolina 29606Animal Studies – Certificate Program
Greenville Technical College’s Certificate-level Animal Studies program is taught at their campus in the city of Greenville. Most of the school’s 12,592 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Tuition fees for in-district students are roughly around $4,224 and are $4,584 and $8,448 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost roughly $1,110, depending on the program chosen.
620 North Emerald Road, Greenwood, South Carolina 29646Veterinary Technology – Associate Program
The Associate’s degree program at Piedmont Technical College can be taken at their campus in the town of Greenwood, SC. Most of the school’s 5,694 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Tuition fees for in-district students are generally about $4,049 and are $4,601 and $5,801 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Learning materials may cost roughly $2,000, 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.