A veterinary technician assists veterinarians in much the same way as a physician assistant helps doctors. While this job doesn’t pay as much as a regular vet, it is much easier to become a veterinarian technician. Many of the accredited schools are at community colleges. So you do not even need a 4-year degree to become a vet tech. In 2014, experienced vet techs were making about $32,000 in this state.
In Alabama, this profession has a licensing requirement through the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medicine Examiners. The Board’s contact information is 8 Commerce Street, Suite 910, Montgomery, AL 36130. The phone number is 334-262-8716. The website is located at asbvme.alabama.gov.
Candidates for an Alabama license must first complete an accredited veterinary technology degree program. These are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. A full list is available here:
As of 2014, the 2 Alabama programs were located at Faulkner State Community College and Jefferson State Community College.
A candidate must also pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination. This is a test administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. The test is usually taken at a Prometric testing center. You can get all the details on the test here:
Note on Education: There is a growing number of vet tech programs at various colleges and universities. Some may not have had time to get accredited yet. The Board, at its own discretion, may accept completion of a non-accredited program. But there is no guarantee that it will be accepted.
The Board’s forms can be found on this page:
At the time of this writing, the link for the Alabama veterinarian technician application was entitled “LVT Application.” Fill out this form when you are about ready to take the test. You will then get an authorization to test if your application is otherwise accepted.