Tealamutt, I'm getting my Tech degree and then transferring to Cornell for two years of large animal sciences, then I'm applying to the DVM program. From what I've been told it looks better when you have a vet tech degree (you still need to go to undergrad for 4+ years though) because then the school your applying too knows you've had first hand experience. Not to mention, if I didn't make it into the vet program then I have a backup, and can be a vet tech. VS. Having a bachelor in large animal science, which I could do things it, but not a guaranteed job.
Horseluver250, the vet techs I've talked too don't make anything under $19, unless they are first starting out. Again, you don't have to accept how much they offer. If I'm going to school for 4 years vs. the regular 2 then I would expect more pay then the average vet tech, I think most would. And like I said earlier, I got lucky finding a vet I know, the one I do my job shadow with. The vet techs that work for him always complain that some people make more then them and he says the same thing all the time "You go to school for longer, get more training, and get more knowledgeable, then we will talk".