Vet Tech Schools In Pennsylvania

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

How to become a Veterinary Technician in Pennsylvania

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

If you wish to become a vet tech in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania. As a final step you will need to obtain your license before securing employment as a veterinary technician.

Accredited Vet Tech Programs in Pennsylvania

SchoolAreaDegree Level 
Harcum CollegeBryn Mawr, PA Associate in Science
Johnson CollegeScranton, PA Associate in Science
Lancaster County Career & Technology CenterWillow Street, PA Associate of Specialized Technology
Lehigh Carbon & Northampton Community CollegesBethlehem, PA Associate of Applied Science
Manor CollegeJenkintown, PA Associate in Science
Pittsburgh Career InstitutePittsburgh, PA Associate in Specialized Technology
Vet Tech InstitutePittsburgh, PA Associate in Specialized Technology
Wilson CollegeChambersburg, PA Bachelor of Science
YTI Career InstituteYork, PA Associate in Specialized Technology

There are currently 9 accredited veterinary technician programs in Pennsylvania.

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

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Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania State 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: 2601 N 3rd St, PO Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Phone: 717-783-7134
Email: st-veterinary@state.pa.us
Website: http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/049/chapter31/chap31toc.html

Vet Tech Salary Pennsylvania

Average Vet Tech Salary$35,880
Hourly Wage$17.25
Top 10% of Earners$49,460
Bottom 10% of Earners$23,930
#'s Employed5,650

According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data (May 2017) the average veterinary technician salary in Pennsylvania is $35,880 – 3% above the national average of $34,710.

This  represents an hourly wage of $17.25.

There are currently 5,650 persons employed as veterinary technicians in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Vet Tech Employment and Salaries by Metro Area

If a career as a veterinary technician in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

Metro AreaAverage SalaryHourly WageTop 10%Bottom 10%# Employed
Albany, OR$27,360$13.15$31,650$21,66040
Bend-Redmond, OR$32,070$15.42$39,660$25,390140
Corvallis, OR$39,360$18.92$57,140$24,440120
Eugene, OR$32,870$15.80$39,560$26,510140
Medford, OR$31,840$15.31$38,840$25,59080
Salem, OR$34,360$16.52$48,290$21,690200
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA$36,740$17.66$48,810$26,6601,090

Vet Tech V’s Related Careers

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

 Salary# Employed
Vet Tech$35,8805,650
Veterinarian$106,4202,990
Vet Assistant$26,9102,530

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

 Salary# Employed          
Vet Tech$35,8805,650
Medical Assistants$31,98028,260
Nursing Assistants$30,01075,020
Dental Assistants$37,87010,930
X Ray Tech$65,4601,230
Ultrasound Tech$67,4402,550