Difference between vet technician and vet technologist?

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bakerie in Durham, North Carolina

34 months ago

I was wondering if someone could tell me the difference between a veterinary technician and a veterinary technologist? Does one make more money than the other? Does one have a better chance of getting jobs than the other? Or is it pretty much the same? Thank you!

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CindyRVT in Henderson, Texas

34 months ago

The difference is the degree. The AVMA policy on terminology states that a veterinary technologist is someone with a bachelors degree in veterinary technology. However, only one state in the US legally recognizes the title "veterinary technologist" and in all the rest the credential granted with always be licenesed/registered/certified "veterinary technician" regardless of whether the person has an associates degree or a bachelors degree.

You can make more money with a bachelors degree if you choose the right type of career--research, teaching, working for drug companies, working in specialty practice, etc. But it's as common that you will make the same money as any other veterinary technician right off the bat.

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CindyRVT in Henderson, Texas

34 months ago

The difference is in the amount of education. The AVMA recognizes those with a bachelors degree in veterinary technology as a veterinary technologist rather than a veterinary technician. However, only one state in the US currently recognizes the title "veterinary technologist" and in all the others a credentialed person will be title a "veterinary technician" regardless of the degree-AAS or BS.

Someone with a bachelors degree may make more money if they choose the right career path--research, working for a drug company, teaching, working in a specialty practice, etc. However it's as likely that they will start out making the same as any veterinary technician until they prove themselves a more valuable asset because the bachelors degree in veterinary technology is so uncommon.

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