Vet Tech Schools In Washington State

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

How to become a Veterinary Technician in Washington

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

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

Accredited Vet Tech Programs in Washington WA

SchoolAreaDegree Level 
Bellingham Technical CollegeBellingham, WA Associate of Applied Science
Pierce College at Fort SteilacoomLakewood, WA Associate in Veterinary Technology
Pima Medical Institute-RentonRenton, WA Associate of Applied Science
Pima Medical Institute-SeattleSeattle, WA Associate of Applied Science
Yakima Valley CollegeYakima, WAAssociate of Applied Science

There are currently 5 accredited veterinary technician programs in Washington State.

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

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Washington 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 Washington.

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

Address: PO Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852
Phone: 360-236-4700

Vet Tech Salary Washington

Average Vet Tech Salary$35,690
Hourly Wage$17.16
Top 10% of Earners$48,830
Bottom 10% of Earners$24,930
#'s Employed150

According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data (May 2017) the average veterinary technician salary in Washington is $37,640 – 8% above the national average of $34,710.

This  represents an hourly wage of $18.10.

There are currently 2,120 persons employed as veterinary technicians in Washington.

Washington Vet Tech Employment and Salaries by Metro Area

If a career as a veterinary technician in Washington 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 Washington.

Metro AreaAverage SalaryHourly WageTop 10%Bottom 10%# Employed
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA$32,480$15.62$39,590$25,61050
Charlottesville, VA$38,250$18.39$50,720$27,620120
Harrisonburg, VA$38,100$18.32$48,100$28,58040
Lynchburg, VA$29,340$14.11$39,270$19,68070
Richmond, VA$34,140$16.41$46,280$25,870370
Roanoke, VA$32,880$15.81$39,530$25,77060
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA$33,690$16.20$45,670$25,99070
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA$35,770$17.20$41,390$28,760360
Winchester, VA$28,080$13.50$37,420$18,36050

Vet Tech V’s Related Careers

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

 Salary# Employed
Vet Tech$37,6402,120
Vet Assistant$30,5603,200

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

 Salary# Employed          
Vet Tech$37,6402,120
Medical Assistants$39,70013,500
Nursing Assistants$30,41029,910
Dental Assistants$42,54010,580
X Ray Tech$85,820790
Ultrasound Tech$87,4401,500