License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Veterinary Technologist



Highlights

License required in 37 states
9th most burdensome licensing requirements
15th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

Veterinary technologists and technicians perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. They prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases, prepare tissue samples, take blood samples and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. They also clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines.

Summary

In 37 states, aspiring veterinary technologists and technicians must earn a license. All of these states but one require two years of veterinary school; Nevada has no education or training requirement but does require three tests. All 37 states require at least one test, and several require three. On average, the occupation is the ninth most difficult to enter in this study and 15th most widely and onerously licensed overall.

(Last updated May 1, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Indiana $245 730 2 12 18
2 South Dakota $210 730 2 12 0
3 Wisconsin $352 730 3 0 18
4 Idaho $200 730 2 0 18
5 Alabama $160 730 2 0 18
6 Nebraska $300 730 1 0 19
7 Arizona $150 730 2 0 18
8 Oklahoma $330 730 2 0 0
9 West Virginia $280 730 1 0 18
10 Georgia $250 730 1 0 18
11 North Carolina $270 730 2 0 0
12 Maryland $260 730 2 0 0
13 Florida $50 730 2 0 18
14 Michigan $235 730 2 0 0
15 New York $358 730 1 0 0
16 Minnesota $200 730 2 0 0
17 Missouri $190 730 2 0 0
18 Tennessee $333 730 1 0 0
19 Washington $175 730 2 0 0
20 Oregon $155 730 2 0 0
21 Iowa $135 730 2 0 0
21 Kentucky $135 730 2 0 0
23 Ohio $281 730 1 0 0
24 Maine $271 730 1 0 0
25 Louisiana $265 730 1 0 0
26 Alaska $260 730 1 0 0
27 California $250 730 1 0 0
28 Pennsylvania $235 730 1 0 0
29 South Carolina $25 730 1 0 18
30 Kansas $220 730 1 0 0
31 Illinois $180 730 1 0 0
32 Arkansas $175 730 1 0 0
33 North Dakota $155 730 1 0 0
34 New Mexico $0 730 2 0 0
35 Delaware $71 730 1 0 0
36 Virginia $30 730 1 0 0
37 Nevada $330 0 3 12 18

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

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