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Vet Tech Schools and Accreditation
Learn about the advantages of attending accredited vet tech schools.
The Importance of Vet Tech School Accreditation
Deciding on the ideal vet tech school program to fit your education and career goals can be a challenging step.
One of the most important factors when you are choosing a veterinary technician school is the program’s accreditation. Accreditation means that a school, university or program has been reviewed and approved by a third-party accrediting organization, stating that the veterinary technician school meets or exceeds the organization’s standards.
The Accrediting Body
The most influential accrediting organization in the veterinary field is the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA). The AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is responsible for the review process that sets the standards vet tech schools must meet before earning the accreditation. The AVMA publishes a list of accredited veterinary technician schools that have passed their review process.
Attending an accredited veterinary technician school has multiple advantages:
- Federal financial aid is only available to programs with accreditation through an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Graduating from an accredited veterinary technician school tells employers that you have met the education standards of your program and the AVMA professional community as an educated veterinary technician.
- Students attending nationally accredited vet tech schools are able to transfer earned credits to another nationally accredited program.
Types of Veterinary Technician School Accreditation
Credits earned at a nationally accredited school transfer easily to other nationally accredited programs, but they are not usually accepted at colleges holding a regional accreditation. However, credits from one of the six regionally accrediting agencies, recognized by the Department of Education, are accepted by nationally accredited programs, and are also usually accepted by other regionally accredited programs.
The quality of your education is extremely important to a career in the field of veterinary medicine, and a degree from an accredited school will give you the
For a veterinary technician education program to qualify for accreditation, the school is required to offer hands-on laboratory or clinical experience as well as classroom study.