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					                                 VETERINARY TECHNICIAN
        Job Description


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        Veterinary technicians provide professional support services
        to veterinarians. A licensed veterinary technician’s duties are                                                                  Approximate Costs 
        those of a veterinary nurse and are comparable to the nurse                                       Tuition:
        anesthetist, operating room technician, dental hygienist,                                         48 credits X $74.75 per credit hr............................... $3588.00
                                                                                                          Books.............................................................................$850.00
        medical laboratory technician, and radiology technician. The
                                                                                                          Lab Fees................................................$15.00 - $25.00/per lab



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        veterinary technician also performs administrative duties                                         Immunizations........................................................$0 - $600.00
        pertaining to the practice’s management.                                                          Uniforms & Equipment.................................$200.00 - $450.00
                                                                                                          Medical Insurance................................$20.00 - $190.00/month
        Career Opportunities                                                                                             Applies only if you are presently uninsured
        Career fields for a licensed veterinary technician may include:                                   Urine Drug Screen...........................................................$ 40.00



R       • Private Animal Clinical Practice                                                                Registration:
                                                                                                          Veterinary Technician in Training (VTIT).......................$50.00
                   (small, mixed, or large animals)
                                                                                                          License:
        • Specialty Practice                                                                              NVMB Application and
                   (ophthalmology, oncology, etc.)                                                        State & National Exams..................................................$330.00
        • Zoo Medicine                                                                                    Graduation.........................................................................$15.00



E       • Food Production
                   (herd health management)
        • Government
                   (USDA)
        • Industry Sales
                                                                                                          College Application Fee.. ..................................................$5.00
                                                                                                              One time, non-refundable fee charged to new students only.

                                                                                                          Non-resident Fee......................................$3173.50 per semester
                                                                                                          This is in addition to the tuition and technology fee and is assessed
                                                                                                              to nonresident students enrolling in 7 or more credit hours.


E       • Wildlife Rehabilitation
        • Military
        • Research

        • Education
                   (lab animal health management)                                                  A “Limited-Entry Application for Admission to a Health
                                                                                                   Science        Program”       is     available    online    at:


R              (Instruction of professional veterinary students and
               technician students)
        • Clinical Laboratory
                   (Biological sample analysis)
                                                                                                   http://sites.csn.edu/health/limitedentry.html. A letter of
                                                                                                   recommendation from a veterinarian, documentation of clinical
                                                                                                   experience (exclusive experience as a kennel assistant,
                                                                                                   receptionist, and groomer is insufficient), proof of a High
                                                                                                   School diploma or GED certificate, and additional education
        Program Description                                                                        transcripts if available must be submitted to the Limited-Entry
        The College of Southern Nevada’s Veterinary Technology                                     Office by the application/completion deadline in order to be
        Distance Education Program is four semesters in length and                                 eligible for consideration.
        leads to a Certificate of Achievement. The program courses
        are offered through a combination of distance education                                    Accepted Students
        classes (Internet/computer), video conferencing, classroom                                 Students accepted into the program will be required to show


G       lecture, laboratory classes, and directed clinical practice in                             proof of health insurance and immunization against Tetanus
        approved clinical affiliates. Students should be computer                                  (Tdap). Students must also receive, or show proof of Rabies
        literate for success in the program, and should be prepared to                             immunizations prior to beginning the Veterinary
        work in groups as well as independently. While the Associate                               Technology program courses. In addition, proof of a negative
        of Applied Science degree is fully accredited, the distance                                urine drug screen will also be required. A physical exam is also


U       education program is seeking accreditation by the American                                 required prior to starting the program.
        Veterinary Medical Association. Upon accreditation, a
        graduate of this program may sit for the National Veterinary                               Licensing as a Veterinary Technician
        Technology Exam and the Nevada Veterinary Technology                                       The term “Veterinary Technician in Training,” refers to a
        Exam. Upon passing both exams they may become a licensed                                   person who has met the criteria and is registered with the


I       veterinary technician and with credentials recognized                                      Board of Nevada Veterinary Medical Examiners while enrolled
        nationally.                                                                                in an approved program of study. This license must be obtained
                                                                                                   as soon as the offer of admittance is accepted by the student.
        Salary Expectations                                                                        The term “Veterinary Technician,” refers to a person who is
        Salary is highly variable depending on disciplinary focus of                               licensed in Veterinary Technology in the State of Nevada. To


D       the technician. Entry level salary for a technician in small                               become a veterinary technician an applicant must have a high
        animal practice ranges from approximately $24,000 to                                       school diploma (or equivalent), be of “good moral character,”
        $35,000/year. Salary for technicians in industry, research,                                have graduated from a board approved program in Veterinary
        teaching or other disciplines is commensurate with experience                              Technology, and passed both the National and Nevada State
        and job requirements.                                                                      Veterinary Technology licensing exams.


E       Admission Requirements
        The CSN Veterinary Technology Distance Education
        Program is a Limited Entry program, therefore, an application
        for admission into the program must be submitted (see reverse
                                                                                                   A Conviction or Violation of laws governing possession,
                                                                                                   distribution, or use of any controlled substance or dangerous
                                                                                                   drug as defined in NRS 454.201, may influence the ability to
                                                                                                   obtain licensure. Contact with the Nevada State Board of
        side for deadlines).                                                                       Veterinary Medical Examiners regarding this subject is
                                                                                                   recommended before starting any Veterinary Technology
                                                                                                   program.

                                              The information provided in this literature is for advisement purposes only 
    College of Southern Nevada, Health Programs Advisement Office, 6375 West Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146, Phone: (702) 651‐5690         VT DE‐CG‐Fall 2011 1/11

				
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