A career in veterinary technology is rewarding for anyone who loves animals. Although Wyoming has a sparse population, the need for vet techs and other animal workers, like vet assistants and animal caretakers, is consistently growing. Wyoming vet techs do not have to be certified, but certification does make a candidate more competitive for any open positions. [Leer en español]
In Wyoming the average annual income for a vet tech is $30,450. The highest earners in the state earn annual incomes up to $40,180. For vet assistants and animal caretakers, which are jobs that typically require less training and experience, the average salary is $28,310 and the income for top earners is $43,230.
The state of Wyoming does not require that working veterinary technicians be certified, but getting that endorsement is required by many employers and sets candidates apart from those without certification. Those vet techs seeking certification can get it through the Wyoming Veterinary Technician Association (WyVTA). To qualify, a vet tech must have graduated from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)-accredited veterinary technology program, have passed the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE), be a paying member of the WyVTA and earn ten credits every two years in continuing education. Certified vet techs must renew every two years and continue to pay dues to the WyVTA to maintain certification.
There is just one AVMA-accredited program in Wyoming for veterinary technology. The program is at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington. Anyone hoping to be a certified vet tech in Wyoming can earn a degree from any AVMA-certified program across the country, including distance and online programs. Schools like Penn Foster College and Purdue University offer accredited online programs.
There are just 230 vet techs working in Wyoming currently, along with 150 vet assistants and animal caretakers. They are employed in veterinary offices, animal emergency centers, ranches, laboratories and rescue centers:
- Paintrock Animal Clinic, Casper
- Spring Creek Animal Hospital, Jackson
- Rocky Mountain Equine Hospital, Cody
- Snowy Range Veterinary Clinic, Laramie
- Red Desert Humane Society, Rock Springs
The WyVTA is the primary professional organization for vet techs in Wyoming and the institution responsible for providing certification. In addition to certification, the WyVTA offers members continuing education, job listings, scholarships and networking opportunities. For nationwide resources, Wyoming vet techs may want to join the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.
College and University Listings
231 W 6th St, Powell, Wyoming 82435
Veterinary Assistant – Associate Program
Northwest College’s Associate program in Veterinary Assistant is based at their campus in the town of Powell. This public college has roughly 1,652 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Fees for tuition for in-state students are in the order of $2,789 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $6,773 yearly. Learning materials may cost about $1,000, although this will vary with the program.
Eastern Wyoming College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Torrington, WY. The college has roughly 1,704 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $2,568 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $6,552 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,300, 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.