In today’s economy, young people are challenged more than ever when it comes to choosing a potential career. If they are fortunate enough to still be able to afford college, many have given up the dream of doing something they love and are moving into fields that seem more financially secure. For animal lovers, the news is good for more than one reason.
First of all, many technical high schools are now offering vet tech programs that will prepare students to pursue a college education in veterinary science or go directly into the workplace as a vet tech. Students actually participate in the hands-on care of the animals while attending high school. They learn proper skills for services such as grooming, treating health issues, and general daily care. Upon completing a thorough and effective training program, students are allowed the option of taking a test to receive their certification. Those who pass meet qualifications for several starting positions in veterinary hospitals. Being able to come out of high school with marketable job skills gives these students a great advantage. For those wishing to pursue the career at a college level, they have the benefit of previous hands-on training and experience that many new students will not have. They also have a means for earning money while they work towards a degree, not to mention getting a “foot in the door” for future positions as they become more qualified.
Another great benefit of this program is the affordability. It is basically offered for free to public high school students, while a similar college level program offering the same certification costs much more. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the future of veterinary science is bright when it comes to job prospects too. Positions for veterinary technicians are expected to increase by more than 36% between 2008 and 2018 with average earnings for the position starting around $29,000. As more and more people become pet owners, the need for the services offered at veterinary hospitals increases, meaning business remains steady even during times of economic downturn.
Perhaps the most exciting part of this program comes from listening to the stories the students share regarding their love for the animals, the training they receive, and the passion they feel for the program. Many believe they may have never chosen this field as a career had the vet tech program not have been offered in their high school. They are grateful for both the experience and the education they can now turn into income. For more information, be sure to contact your local technical high school and inquire regarding the veterinary technician program.