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What is a Vet Tech?

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It's similar to a Nurse for Animals, but Much More!

If you love working with animals, a career as a veterinary technician is perfect for you! Vet techs are an integral and necessary part of veterinary medicine. From assisting in surgery to providing emergency care, and taking radiographs (x-rays) to running lab work, veterinary technicians help care for small, large, and exotic animals in places like veterinary hospitals, shelters, zoos, and more.

Unlike veterinarians who have to complete 8-12 years of schooling, veterinary technicians can finish the necessary training in as little as 24 months. They also share many of the same duties and responsibilities as a veterinarian.

The demand for vet techs is expected to increase 20% in the next few years, "Much faster than average (U.S. Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics). There are approximately 100,000 jobs held in the US and the salary is favorable to other fields with similar education levels.

Our AVMA-accredited veterinary technician training program includes everything you'll need to prepare for a new career in animal medicine, all at a pace that's right for you. We'll help you succeed with expert instruction from dedicated faculty who will train you in the skills necessary to succeed in the field.  Bel-Rea graduates qualify to apply for the Veterinary Technician National Exam, required for veterinary technician credentialing in the United States. 

What does a Vet Tech Do?

Assist in surgery and monitor anesthesia
Perform lab work including Microbiology, Parasitology, and Hematology
Take digital radiographs (x-rays) and perform ultrasounds
Assist in dental procedures and educate owners on nutrition
Provide emergency and critical care
Handle and safely restrain a wide range of animal patients

"Bel-Rea gave me the education I needed to leave one great occupation and enter another without fear. The assistance, training, and preparation I received were far beyond my expectations. Coming into a field "blind" and not knowing what it was I needed to transition career fields was handled well by the personable and adept staff. I found a new family while alone in Denver."
Glenda T. - 2005 Bel-Rea Graduate
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