Archive for March, 2011

When Free Money Comes at a Price

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

As part of their higher education pursuit, many students look for scholarships to help them with the cost of school. If you’re one of these students, make sure you’re scholarship shopping smartly! As with everything, scammers have found ways to promote “scholarships” that end up costing – rather than awarding – you money. SS-58749397

But you can outwit them if you know what to look for! Here are a few things that should tip you off:

  1. Scholarships that require an application fee. Legitimate scholarships are free to any qualifying applicant – fees like this could be shady.
  2. Guaranteed scholarships. No organization or person should guarantee this since scholarships are competitive and awarded to the best-fitting applicant(s). Be especially wary if this is coupled with a fee that can supposedly be returned if you don’t get the scholarship – the conditions for fee return generally make this impossible.
  3. Exclusive information. Between the Internet, books, libraries and school financial aid offices, scholarship information is widely and readily available – not a secret.
  4. Promises to do all the work. You and/or your parents alone should be responsible for completing all the materials needed for your scholarship application.
  5. Requests for a credit card or bank account number. Tread carefully with anyplace requesting direct access to your finances – claims to need this information to hold a scholarship are not legit.
  6. Scholarships requiring a redemption fee. If you’re told you need to pay to redeem a scholarship prize that you didn’t submit a request for, run the other way! Sometimes this scam also involves an actual exchange – if you receive a scholarship check for more than the amount stated with a request that you send back a check for the difference, you’re likely dealing with a fraud. These “scholarship checks” ed.
  7. Advance-fee loans. Offers for a low-interest loan that requires an up-front cost are scams. Real loans deduct from the disbursement check itself – you can consult your bank manager for advice on authenticity.

These are some of the many, constantly evolving, ways students are taken advantage of every day. If you want to read up on other scams or look into a scholarship you think might be a hoax, visit, the Better Business Bureau or the government’s FAFSA site. They can help make sure you don’t get ripped off!

Wisconsin Vet Tech License Requirements

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Vet Tech license requirements in Wisconsin require a little bit of homework and education to successfully navigate. In order to become licensed, individuals need to either graduate from a four-semester course in Veterinary Technology, or have a licensed veterinary employer in Wisconsin directly send an affidavit to the licensing board attesting to their experience. Next, Wisconsin requires that applicants complete two standardized tests; the VTNE and Wisconsin State Law exams.

VTNE stands for Veterinary Technician National Exam, and is a standard nationwide exam for all individuals seeking licensing. The Wisconsin State Law exam covers necessary information regarding the statutes and rules in Wisconsin that relate to the legal practices of veterinary technicians.

Most Wisconsin State schools have Vet Tech programs as part of the general curriculum. Classes are usually taught by licensed veterinary instructors, and provide all necessary testing and instruction to gain the license.
However you choose to select a school, the various schools in the Wisconsin State college system almost all offer adequate programs to help you get your Vet Tech licensing. In addition to attending a physical campus, many students choose to pursue their licensing through one of the few online schools that have recently started to gain popularity on the internet.

Wisconsin Veterinary Examining Board

P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
Phone: 608.266.2112
Fax: 608.261.7083

Wisconsin Veterinary Examining Board

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Vermont Vet Tech License Requirements

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Vet Tech schools in Vermont have the ability to allow vet tech students to get plenty of hands-on experience working with dairy cattle, horses, cats, dogs, rabbits, sheep, chickens, rodents, reptiles, birds and other animals. But it also has modern labs and surgical facilities.

Students gain practical skills in veterinary technology classes, radiology and surgery, as well as areas such as patient reception and client education.  Students can take this knowledge on and get jobs at places like; nonprofit and government, at large and small animal hospitals and veterinary practices, universities, pharmaceutical and biological research laboratories, zoos, feed companies and animal shelters.

Some graduates pursue additional education, whether a four-year veterinary technology degree, or a degree in a related area such as animal science. Vermont is one of the few states that does not require state licensing to work as a veterinary technician. Starting in 2002, Vermont has instead used a system of private voluntary certification. This is administered by the Vermont Veterinary Technician Association (VVTA), and is endorsed by the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA). Voluntary certification by the VVTA enables Vermont vet techs to meet reciprocity requirements for licensing in many other states.

In order to be certified as a vet tech in Vermont by the VVTA, a person must submit a completed application form along with proof of having graduated from an accredited vet tech program, and proof of having passed the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). There is an application fee of $25, along with $25 for one’s first year of membership in the VVTA.    Continued certification requires $25 each year, along with periodic continuing education credits in the vet tech field.

Vermont Board of Veterinary Medicine

National Life Building, North FL2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3402
Phone: 802.828.2390
Fax: 802.828.2465

Vermont Board of Veterinary Medicine

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Texas Vet Tech License Requirements

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

To become a veterinary technician or vet tech in the state of Texas, an individual has to enroll and graduate from an accredited school of veterinary study in the state. The course of study entails earning an associate in science degree in veterinary technology. This is a two year degree program consisting of sixty credits. Core curriculum coursework that has to be studied includes chemistry, biology, parasitology, pathology, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and clinical anesthesiology, among others.

After the two years of the study, the Texas vet tech has to pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination as accredited by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. They also have to pass the Texas State Regulatory Examination as well to become both a registered and licensed vet tech in Texas. These are all traditional classroom programs, not online courses of study, so the student gets substantial hands on work with animals in clinical and laboratory settings.

You will learn to draw blood, give injections, take urine samples, perform various diagnostic procedures, carry specimens to the laboratory, and overall assist the licensed veterinarian. Vet techs in Texas earn about $29,000 per year according to the bureau of labor statistics’ 2010 latest survey. They can advance in their career earnings power when they gain more experience and have much more responsibility that will eventually come their way as their vet tech skill sets continue to grow and advance.

It’s essential to graduate from a fully accredited Texas vet tech school to obtain one’s vet tech license. The state of Texas’s vet tech license requirements is as rigorous as that from any other state around the country so a student has to be very competent in scientific courses as well as show an inclination for being able to handle all types of big and small animals extremely comfortably.

Tuition costs about $2,400 per year on average for vet tech schools in Texas, and financial aid is available to those who qualify, in the forms of loans, grants, scholarships and work/study programs. It’s not always an easy, straightforward path to becoming a licensed vet tech in the state of Texas, but it pays off to become a very emotionally and financially rewarding career choice for those who love to work around animals and also enjoy the field of veterinary medicine in general.

Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-810
Austin, TX 78701-3942
Phone: 512.305.7555
Fax: 512.305.7556

Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

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**The salaries/job growth listed above are just an average range and may be higher or lower based on the location you are employed in, as well as the varying bonus and commission rates included for the chosen field. Metropolitan cities are typically on the higher end of the pay scales. Salaries are cited from, and the US Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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North Dakota Vet Tech License Requirements

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Vet tech programs, accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, are usually a part of the Department of Animal Sciences or part of a veterinary science program. This helps to ensure the best possible education to becoming a licensed North Dakota vet tech.

Students will work with many different types of animals, including dogs, cats, cattle, sheep, horses, pigs, birds, pocket pets and laboratory animals. Education and training will include coursework in areas such as Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals and Animal Restraint, clinical work in areas such as Radiography and Anesthesiology, participation in Veterinary Wellness Clinics, and internships at veterinary clinics or other facilities such as zoos or research laboratories.    A popular minor is large animal veterinary technology for those intending to work with livestock and/or horses upon graduation from a North Dakota vet tech school.

Graduates of North Dakota vet tech programs often go on to work in a veterinary practice, but there are many other options including technical research involving animals, sales of feed and other products for livestock, or animal-related business management.

In order to become licensed as a veterinary technician by the North Dakota Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, a person must:
• Apply for, take, and pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB).
• Complete a veterinary technology program at an accredited North Dakota vet tech school.
• Obtain a signed letter of recommendation from a licensed veterinarian.
• Submit a signed and notarized North Dakota Veterinary Technician Application.
• Submit a recent photograph of oneself.
• Pay an application fee of $25.

In order to maintain a North Dakota vet tech license, one must pay a renewal fee of $15 every year, and complete eight hours of continuing education every two years.

North Dakota Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

PO Box 5001
Bismarck, ND 58502-5001
Phone: 701.328.9540
Fax: 701.224.0435

North Dakota Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

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