Vet Tech Schools In Tennessee

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

How to become a Veterinary Technician in Tennessee

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

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

Accredited Vet Tech Programs in Tennessee

SchoolAreaDegree Level 
Chattanooga State Community CollegeChattanooga, TN Associate of Applied Science
Columbia State Community CollegeColumbia, TN Associate of Applied Science
Lincoln Memorial UniversityHarrogate, TN Associate of Science
University of Tennessee at MartinMartin, TNBachelor of Science
Volunteer State Community CollegeGallatin, TN Associate of Applied Science

There are currently 5 accredited veterinary technician programs in Tennessee.

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

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Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

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

Address: 665 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 800-778-4123 x5325090
Email: Lisa.Lampley@tn.gov
Website: http://tn.gov/health/article/vet-statutes

Vet Tech Salary Tennessee

Average Vet Tech Salary$33,130
Hourly Wage$15.93
Top 10% of Earners$47,250
Bottom 10% of Earners$20,600
#'s Employed1,680

According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data (May 2017) the average veterinary technician salary in Tennessee is $33,130 – 5% below the national average of $34,710.

This  represents an hourly wage of $15.93.

There are currently 1,680 persons employed as veterinary technicians in Tennessee.

Tennessee Vet Tech Employment and Salaries by Metro Area

If a career as a veterinary technician in Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

Metro AreaAverage SalaryHourly WageTop 10%Bottom 10%# Employed
Rapid City, SD$32,100$15.43$38,220$23,95060
Sioux Falls, SD$32,870$15.80$41,520$24,60090

Vet Tech V’s Related Careers

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

 Salary# Employed
Vet Tech$33,1301,680
Veterinarian$88,1301,560
Vet Assistant$24,4102,620

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

 Salary# Employed          
Vet Tech$33,1301,680
Medical Assistants$31,49013,640
Nursing Assistants$25,09029,600
Dental Assistants$36,0905,800
X Ray Tech$58,7101,440
Ultrasound Tech$62,6601,630