Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic is proud to announce Brie Worrell and Savannah Goins recently passed their qualifying exams and have graduated from Veterinary Assistant to Registered Veterinary Technician. They join Kasey Gardner who passed her exam in the spring.
So what’s the difference between veterinary assistant and technician?
A Veterinary Technician is a highly trained veterinary nurse qualified to assist with a number of important jobs, such as monitoring anesthesia and running diagnostic tests. It is these bright professionals who work hard to keep our patients safe during surgery.
Both Brie and Savannah spent time during their training learning with us, and joined our team right after finishing class work. Both passed the qualifying test together in August, and we are very proud of both of their efforts.
Are you or someone you know interested in a career as a veterinary technician? Here is advice from Brie and Savannah:
Advice to future vet techs:
Start getting experience with animals as early as possible! Volunteering or working as an assistant in a vet clinic are both great places to start. In order to become a Registered Veterinary Technician, you must graduate from an accredited veterinary technician school. This is a two year degree program, though some schools offer an accelerated 18 month program instead. Once you start the program, stick with it! And if possible continue working or volunteering in a vet clinic to continue increasing your experience. Once you've graduated with a degree in veterinary technology, you have to pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam as well as the state exam for which ever state you want to be registered in. That is the process in a nutshell. Good luck!