Which Online Vet Tech Schools Are Accredited?
As of 2013 there are only 9 distance learning programs in the country that meet the AMVA’s standards for full accreditation. Below, we’ll take a broad look at each of these programs to see how they match up against one another. These school profiles should help you decide which one is the right fit for you.
Click on a school name to get more information about their veterinary technician distance learning program, including credit hours, tuition, online experience, student resources, and much more.
|Blue Ridge Community College (VA)|
|Cedar Valley College (TX)|
|Jefferson State Community College (AL)|
|Moraine Park Technical College (WI)|
|Northern Virginia Community College (VA)|
|Penn Foster College (AZ)|
|Purdue University (IN)|
|St. Petersburg College (FL)|
|San Juan College (NM)|
If you’re thinking about possibly getting your vet tech degree online, it’s in your best interest to choose a school that is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Getting a degree from an un-accredited online program can be a big mistake! The first thing employers will check for when they see your online degree is whether or not you went to an AVMA-approved school. If you didn’t, you’re going to have a lot of trouble finding a job. Don’t waste your time and money – choose an online veterinary technology program that is on the list below!
A Note About Clinical Work
The main reason employers will actually take your online degree seriously is because every single one of these programs requires hands-on training.
That’s why in order to be accepted to an online vet tech school, you’ll already need to be working as an unlicensed vet assistant, or you’ll need to be able to find a veterinarian that’s willing to supervise you and let you perform certain tasks on live animal patients.
Without hands-on training, an online degree in veterinary technology is absolutely useless! This is a hands-on profession that requires way more than knowledge from textbooks.
It’s often difficult for someone who is not currently working at an animal clinic to find a vet that is willing to serve as their “clinical mentor” – that’s why distance learning is not a real option for the majority of people. However, if you are one of the few that is already working for a vet, and would like to continue working while getting your associate’s degree and state credentials, these programs are a great option!