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5 Questions You Should Be Asking When Considering Veterinary Technician Training Options AMVA ACCREDITED ASSOCIATES DEGREE ONLINE PROGRAMS Fall 2013 Per Credit Hour Tuition Cost of the seven AVMA Accredited Distance Learning Programs in the US. 1. How much does the program cost? There are 217 American Veterinary Medical Association accredited Veterinary Technician degree programs in the United States, 22 of which offer Bachelor’s degrees and only seven are currently offered online. The online programs range from $6,083 to $24,349.50 in tuition costs for the fall of 2013. 2. How long will the program take to complete? Associate degree programs often range 2-3 years in length and require part-time employment. These programs usually only admit students 2-3 times a year during the beginning of new semesters. 3. What do I need to do to apply? Most degree programs have similar admission requirements which include the following: a high school diploma or equivalent or official transcripts, several credit hours of college math and science or successful completion of high school algebra and biology with a laboratory, application forms, observation in a veterinary hospital, admission essay and letter of reference from a veterinarian or veterinary technician. 4. What is the goal of my education? Veterinary technicians are focused on the nursing aspects of veterinary medicine. Be sure to outline your goals, and check the status of transferring credits to the schools you are interested in after you receive your degree, to avoid taking time consuming and expensive detours. 5. Does this career allow me to afford the lifestyle I would like? Veterinarian Technicians can have very rewarding jobs and there are great outlooks for the industry, but there can also be long hours and emotionally draining situations. Be sure to research the pros and cons of the industry and find people working within the field to discuss your interest and decide if the demands of the job fit with your goals for the future. Program costs, length, and application requirements from the individual websites for the seven AVMA Accredited Distance Learning Programs. Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.