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Veterinary Technologist

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Highlights

License required in 37 states
9th most burdensome licensing requirements
15th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

Veterinary technologists and technicians perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. They prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases, prepare tissue samples, take blood samples and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. They also clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines.

Summary

In 37 states, aspiring veterinary technologists and technicians must earn a license. All of these states but one require two years of veterinary school; Nevada has no education or training requirement but does require three tests. All 37 states require at least one test, and several require three. On average, the occupation is the ninth most difficult to enter in this study and 15th most widely and onerously licensed overall.

(Last updated May 1, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Indiana 245 730 2 12 18
2 South Dakota 210 730 2 12 0
3 Wisconsin 352 730 3 0 18
4 Idaho 200 730 2 0 18
5 Alabama 160 730 2 0 18
6 Nebraska 300 730 1 0 19
7 Arizona 150 730 2 0 18
8 Oklahoma 330 730 2 0 0
9 West Virginia 280 730 1 0 18
10 Georgia 250 730 1 0 18
11 North Carolina 270 730 2 0 0
12 Maryland 260 730 2 0 0
13 Florida 50 730 2 0 18
14 Michigan 235 730 2 0 0
15 New York 358 730 1 0 0
16 Minnesota 200 730 2 0 0
17 Missouri 190 730 2 0 0
18 Tennessee 333 730 1 0 0
19 Washington 175 730 2 0 0
20 Oregon 155 730 2 0 0
21 Iowa 135 730 2 0 0
21 Kentucky 135 730 2 0 0
23 Ohio 281 730 1 0 0
24 Maine 271 730 1 0 0
25 Louisiana 265 730 1 0 0
26 Alaska 260 730 1 0 0
27 California 250 730 1 0 0
28 Pennsylvania 235 730 1 0 0
29 South Carolina 25 730 1 0 18
30 Kansas 220 730 1 0 0
31 Illinois 180 730 1 0 0
32 Arkansas 175 730 1 0 0
33 North Dakota 155 730 1 0 0
34 New Mexico 0 730 2 0 0
35 Delaware 71 730 1 0 0
36 Virginia 30 730 1 0 0
37 Nevada 330 0 3 12 18

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