All of the AVMA accredited programs are going to require you to work in a veterinary office, so you are goin to have to come to terms with that.
The list of all AVMA accredited programs in GA can be found here:
lvtinflorida--if you are in Florida then you are not licensed. This is part of the reason that you are finding such limits in what you can do and how you are treated. Veterinary technicians in Florida are currently certified by the Florida Veterinary Medical Association and there is no requirement even to get certified to work as a veterinary technician. This is why there is so little respect for veterinary technicians in your state and the pay and benefits remain dismal. Unless veterinary technicians work towards bettering the public perception of the profession and towards getting the profession regulated (and by someone other than the vma) then you are going to continue to stagnate.
We are fighting the same battle here in Texas and have been for many years.