Vet Tech Schools In Iowa

Browse below to learn how to become a veterinary technician (vet tech) in Iowa including advice on top schools, certification and licensing requirements, salaries and employment data.

How to become a Veterinary Technician in Iowa

Licensing, certification and registration requirements for veterinary technicians varies by state.

If you wish to become a vet tech in Iowa it is a requirement that you have graduated from an accredited veterinary technician/technology program.

Once you have graduated from an accredited program you will need to pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) exams – which are administered by the American Association of Veterinary – if you wish to work as a vet tech in Iowa. As a final step you will need to obtain your license before securing employment as a veterinary technician.

Accredited Vet Tech Programs in Iowa

SchoolAreaDegree Level 
Des Moines Area Community CollegeAnkeny, IA Associate of Applied Science
Iowa Lakes Community CollegeEstherville, IA Associate in Applied Science
Iowa Western Community CollegeCouncil Bluffs, IA Associate of Applied Science
Kirkwood Community CollegeCedar Rapids, IA Associate of Applied Science
Muscatine Community CollegeMuscatine, IA Associate in Applied Science
Northeast Iowa Community CollegeCalmar, IA Associate of Applied Science

There are currently 6 accredited veterinary technician programs in Iowa.

Programs are accredited by the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA).

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Iowa Vet Tech Licensing Requirements

Once you have successfully graduated from an accredited program and passed all necessary certification examinations you will need to apply for your veterinary technician license in Iowa.

The Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine can provide more specific information on all the necessary certification and licensing requirements. You can contact them directly using the contact details below:

Address: Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone:
Email: david.schmitt@iowaagriculture.gov
Website: http://www.iowaagriculture.gov/animalIndustry/IowaVetBoard.asp

Vet Tech Salary Iowa

Average Vet Tech Salary$34,730
Hourly Wage$16.70
Top 10% of Earners$54,470
Bottom 10% of Earners$24,730
#'s Employed870

According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data (May 2017) the average veterinary technician salary in Iowa is $34,730 – equal to the national average of $34,710.

This  represents an hourly wage of $16.70.

There are currently 870 persons employed as veterinary technicians in Iowa.

Iowa Vet Tech Employment and Salaries by Metro Area

If a career as a veterinary technician in Iowa strongly appeals to you then it is a great time to pursue your dreams. The demand for vet techs has been steadily on the increase over the last ten years and is projected to grow by 14.7% over the coming years with an additional 14,330 jobs predicted to be created in the sector between 2016 and 2024.

The table below details salary and employment levels of veterinary technicians in the main towns and cities in Iowa.

Metro AreaAverage SalaryHourly WageTop 10%Bottom 10%# Employed
Bloomington, IN$27,950$13.44$36,760$21,06050
Evansville, IN$32,460$15.60$45,420$24,60050
Fort Wayne, IN$31,610$15.20$39,710$24,540170
Gary, IN$30,890$14.85$39,240$22,640140
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN$32,800$15.77$40,960$24,580400
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN$36,440$17.52$49,830$25,420200
South Bend, IN$31,750$15.27$39,150$23,28090
Terre Haute, IN$24,470$11.76$30,890$17,49040
Elkhart-Goshen, IN$33,810$16.25$49,670$17,92030

Vet Tech V’s Related Careers

The first table compares salary and employment data between veterinary technicians and veterinarians and veterinary assistants in Iowa.

 Salary# Employed
Vet Tech$34,730870
Veterinarian$84,2401,160
Vet Assistant$26,460910

The table below compares average veterinary technician salary and employment in Iowa with salary levels for related healthcare careers in the state.

 Salary# Employed          
Vet Tech$34,730870
Medical Assistants$34,0304,920
Nursing Assistants$28,30020,740
Dental Assistants$39,9002,960
X Ray Tech$58,830300
Ultrasound Tech$65,080840