Becoming a Veterinary Technician in Virginia

Veterinary technician positions are growing quickly across the country, at a projected rate of 15 percent between 2018 and 2028*. However, the fastest growth rate in this field of any state is found in Virginia, where vet tech jobs are projected to increase by a truly impressive 34 percent during this same period*. With such excellent employment prospects, veterinary technology is an extremely promising field for animal lovers looking for a rewarding career. [Leer en español]

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Salaries for Veterinary Technicians

In addition to excellent job prospects, Virginia also offers a strong salary base to veterinary technicians. The average salary for vet techs in this state was $44,740 year in 2020, which is significantly higher than the average salary for vet techs nationwide: $36,260 per year. In addition, the top earners in Virginia may earn as much as $61,740 per year.*

*According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. Conditions in your area may vary.

Virginia Requirements for Veterinary Technicians

In order to practice in Virginia, veterinary technicians must be licensed through the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine. The requirements for licensure in Virginia are graduation from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)-approved veterinary technology program, successful passage of the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and a signed statement declaring that the candidate is familiar with Virginia law as it relates to veterinary practice.

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AVMA-Accredited Veterinary Technician Programs in Virginia

There are two AVMA-accredited veterinary technology programs in the state of Virginia. Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave and Northern Virginia Community College in Sterling both offer associate of applied science degrees in veterinary technology. Both schools offer distance learning programs in addition to the on-site programs. Northern Virginia’s distance learning program is open to everyone, but distance learning at Blue Ridge Community College is only available to Virginia residents.

Major Veterinary Technician Employers in Virginia

As of 2012, there were 1,420 veterinary technicians employed in Virginia, and that number is projected to grow to 2,230 by 2022. Some of the major facilities in this state in need of licensed veterinary technicians include:

Professional Organizations

The Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians (VAVTA) is the professional organization for vet techs in this this state. This organization works to inform vet techs about career opportunities, continuing education and legislative changes relevant to the veterinary field. Virginia vet techs may also join the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).

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College and University Listings

Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area Area

Blue Ridge Community College

1 College Lane, Weyers Cave, Virginia 24486-0080
Veterinary Technology – Associate Program, Veterinary Assisting – Certificate Program

Blue Ridge Community College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Weyers Cave in Augusta County. The college has round 4,388 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly in the order of $5,019 and for students from outside the state around $10,857 for each academic year. Study materials can cost roughly $1,300, depending on the program chosen.

Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area Area

Patrick Henry Community College

645 Patriot Avenue, Martinsville, Virginia 24112
Veterinary Assistant – Certificate Program

The Certificate program at Patrick Henry Community College can be taken at their campus in Martinsville in Martinsville City County, VA. This public college has approximately 2,853 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Fees for tuition for in-state students are in the order of $4,360 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $10,198 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,180, although this varies from program to program.

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Area

Tidewater Community College

121 College Place, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Veterinary Assistant – Certificate Program

The Certificate program at Tidewater Community College is based at their campus in the city of Norfolk. The majority of of the school’s 27,646 students are on 2-year programs. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally around $5,171 and for out-of-state students approximately $11,009 annually. Study materials can cost around $1,500, depending on the program chosen.

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division Area

Northern Virginia Community College

4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd, Annandale, Virginia 22003-3796
Veterinary Technology – Associate Program

The Associate’s program at Northern Virginia Community College can be taken at their campus in Annandale in Fairfax County, Virginia. Most of the school’s 51,487 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly around $5,138 and for out-of-state students around $11,055 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,800, 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.

Other Options

Virginia residents have further educational options in the neighboring states of Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina.