Washington Veterinary Technical Schools:

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), veterinary technologists and technicians need an associate degree as well as any state or regional certification or licensing. Normally, students complete this schooling in about two years. Many students are veterinary assistants, who have only high school or similar education. This is an entry-level job and, typically, is a low-paying position. Whereas assistants do the daily care of the animals, the technicians perform advanced care, including taking tissue and blood samples, preparing vaccines and medications, and using laboratory equipment to assist the veterinarian. Typically, technicians' wages reflect the advanced skills and schooling that they need to perform the job. The BLS surveys employers and reports on the data collected, and, in March 2012, they released estimates for employment numbers and approximate wages for veterinary technologists and technicians.

Career Opportunities & Compensation in Washington

The bureau reports that the national mean annual wage is $31,570, but areas within Washington generally have different pay rates. Here is a sampling of Washington metropolitan areas:

  • Statewide $33,510 
  • Bremerton-Silverdale $32,440 
  • Kennewick-Pasco-Richland $33,960 
  • Mount Vernon-Anacortes $34,380 
  • Olympia $32,100 
  • Spokane $30,580 
  • Tacoma $37,220 The BLS report splits the Seattle area into two categories: 
  • Seattle-Bellevue-Everett and 
  • Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue. The mean annual wages are between $33,440 and $34,190.
  • Some areas, such as Bellingham and Longview, do not list any technician jobs. Since every survey has a margin of error, it is possible that there are veterinary technologist and technician jobs in these areas.

Graduates interested in working in rural areas may find employment in rural Washington. In the BLS report, the northwestern nonmetropolitan area did not estimate how many technicians work there, but it listed the average wage as $33,430 annually. The southwestern region listed 40 jobs with an average annual wage of $36,540. The central region listed 30 veterinarians but no technicians. It is possible that many of those veterinarians have technicians and employers did not submit the data to the bureau.


Technical Schools Guide makes finding the right Washington Veterinary Technical Schools simple. We list both large and small Technical Colleges throughout the United States. Whether you are planning on attending a 2-year college, 4-year college, vocational college, purely technical college, or just single college courses, the listings above should contain each type of trade school, college, or university. Financial aid is available for many of these colleges but visitors will need to contact each school directly to get assistance. Technical Schools Guide does not maintain specific course, tuition, application, accredation or records of information on specific schools. All inquiries should be made directly with such schools. All information contained above is believed to be accurate and reputable. If a discrepancy is found, please contact the Technical Schools Guide staff by clicking on the "contact us" link below. We are also able to update college information and locations through this contact address. Featured listings on Technical Schools Guide are generally for-profit school listings. These listings help pay for bandwidth and maintenance of the Technical Schools Guide site. Thanks for visiting Technical Schools Guide and good luck in your Washington Veterinary Technical school experience!

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