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    09-02-2012, 02:48 PM
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Weanling
Vet Tech?

Do anyone know how old you have to be to be a vet tech? I've seen alot of different websites that say different things, and I'm getting confused!
     
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    09-02-2012, 03:01 PM
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You can generally be a vet assistant once you're 16 and legally able to work.

To become a licensed vet tech, it's usually a couple more years of schooling beyond high school to get your certification and pass the exam, so I would think you would most likely be 20+ before it would be possible. Any vet assistant could call themselves a 'vet tech' if they're not licensed, and some really do have the same skills that take a few years of good training to get, so again you're looking at 20+ minimum.
     
    09-02-2012, 03:09 PM
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Green Broke
In NC to be a vet tech you must be registered with the state. It requires a 2 year vet tech program (e.g. An associates degree) and passing both the national and state exams.
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    09-02-2012, 04:13 PM
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Weanling
Thanks guys! And Paint, is 16 the age requirement for vet assistant in NC, like Sharpie said? :)
     
    09-02-2012, 04:33 PM
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Green Broke
In NC, you can actually legally work starting at 14 with restrictions on the number of hours, etc. The restrictions are less at age 16.
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    09-02-2012, 08:04 PM
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Weanling
Thank you!! :)
     
    09-02-2012, 10:41 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by Sharpie    
You can generally be a vet assistant once you're 16 and legally able to work.

To become a licensed vet tech, it's usually a couple more years of schooling beyond high school to get your certification and pass the exam, so I would think you would most likely be 20+ before it would be possible. Any vet assistant could call themselves a 'vet tech' if they're not licensed, and some really do have the same skills that take a few years of good training to get, so again you're looking at 20+ minimum.

I have to add something to this, because it's a rather large peeve of mine, since I have completed my associate degree, taken my national exam, and am awaiting the chance to take my practical state exam. Bear with me.
Yes, any assistant could call themselves a tech, but it's actually ILLEGAL to do so. Furthermore, it's misrepresentation. Sure they may "have the same skills" but just because you can draw blood, put in a catheter or administer medication does not mean you have an understanding of anatomy, physiology, disease processes, and treatments. Just food for thought!

OP, I think it's wonderful that you want to be a tech! I did an accelerated program that only took 16 months. That's up to you, of course, but if you graduate highschool at 17, and went to school right after, you could feasibly be working as soon as age 19. Good luck, let us know how it goes!
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    09-02-2012, 11:07 PM
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Weanling
Thanks for that info! The reason I said vet tech, the website that I found had the 2 mixed up. Assistant had to go to school and have a degree and the tech didn't. So I'm not going to rely on the websites anymore! :)

And I'm homeschooled so if I really cracked down, I could graduate next year, at 16! But I've got so much going on right now that it would be almost impossible to have the time! Haha :)
     

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