Veterinary Technician - New York

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Online Vet Technician School in New York

If you’re looking for a rewarding career in New York that allows you to make a difference, Penn Foster’s online Veterinary Technician Associate Degree can help you take the first steps. As a veterinary technician in New York, you’ll be an important part of a vet medical team, helping veterinarians examine patients, conduct diagnostic tests, and perform surgery.

  • Penn Foster's online Vet Tech Program is fully accredited through AVMA-CVTEA
  • Prepares you to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).
  • Veterinary Technicians in New York are in high demand, with a projected 18% increase in jobs over the next decade.*
  • New York vet techs can earn as much as $17.59 to $22.12 per hour.*
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What You Will Learn

  1. How to prepare to sit for the VTNE exam by studying animal healthcare, animal anatomy and physiology, veterinary practice management, veterinary pharmacology, and more. View test scores for Penn Foster's Vet Tech students.
  2. How to recognize an animals’ integumentary, urinary, and endocrine systems using engaging visual learning aids and interactive assessments.
  3. How to care for large and small animals, small and large animal medicine, animal nutrition, laboratory animal medicine, and more.
  4. How to be a part of a working veterinary team and apply knowledge and skills in a mixed-animal practice.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Career Outcomes for Vet Techs in New York

Veterinary Technician in Binghamton



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Veterinary Technician in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls



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Veterinary Technician in Rochester



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Veterinary Technician in Syracuse



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Veterinary Technician in Albany-Schenectady-Troy



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Veterinary Technician in New York-Newark-Jersey City



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Veterinary Technician in Utica-Rome



SALARY (<1 year)**


SALARY (5-6 years)**


Our online Vet Tech Program is designed to help students take the first steps toward becoming a vet tech in New York. Our expert faculty, interactive curriculum, and required hands-on externship experience make for an engaging online learning experience that will help prepare you for an in-demand career. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for veterinary technicians in the state of New York is expected to grow 18% through 2031.*

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing requirements for Registered Veterinary Technicians vary greatly from state to state throughout the United States and may contain specific educational course approvals. You should contact your state's appropriate licensing bureau for the current requirements, or your state legislature for pending legislation. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

How to Become a Certified Veterinary Technician in Florida

In order to work as a veterinary technician in the state of New York, you need to be licensed. To become a New York LVT, you’ll need to follow a few steps.

  1. Graduate from an AVMA-accredited vet tech school. The first step toward becoming a licensed veterinary technician is to earn your AVMA-accredited degree.
  2. Sit for and pass the VTNE. Passing the VTNE is a requirement to qualify for a vet tech license. You’ll take the exam within a year of graduating from your degree program.
  3. Apply for your license with the New York State Education Department. You’ll need to submit proof you graduated from an approved school, your passing VTNE results, and pay an application fee to receive your license.
  4. Maintain your credentials. LVTs in New York need to renew their licenses every three years. To do so, you’ll complete 24 hours of continuing education (CE) to qualify.

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Megan Chadwick, CVT

Academic Director, Veterinary Academy at Penn Foster

“Getting certified/licensed/registered as a vet tech in Ney York is important because it allows you to be able to work at the top of your license. In New York, only licensed vet techs can perform certain duties like induce and maintain anesthesia under the onsite supervision of the licensed veterinarian.”

Vet Tech Online Program Curriculum

  • 4 semesters
  • 30 exams
  • 73 credits
  • 2 externships

Estimated completion time per semester:

  • Fast track = 9 months
  • Average time = 13 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework. The estimated completion times per semester are based on completion times for learners enrolled in this program from November 2020 - October 2021, excluding withdrawals.

Your online veterinary technician classes can help you take the first steps toward preparing for a successful vet tech career in New York. Your online classes include:

  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians
  • Surgical Nursing for Veterinary Technicians
  • Small and Large Animal Medicine
  • Laboratory Animal Medicine and Nursing

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Work Alongside New York Veterinarians

As part of your curriculum, you’ll participate in two required externships. Through your externships, you’ll work with licensed New York veterinarians and veterinary technicians to apply what you learned in your classes to real-world situations at a veterinary clinic near you.

Vet Tech Student Success Stories

Penn Foster’s online Vet Tech Program has helped recent New York graduates prepare for new careers in the veterinary field. Learn more about our vet tech students' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them.
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Kristy D.

Penn Foster Vet Tech Graduate

“Everybody is constantly motivating and inspiring each other every single day. This is a tough program and it’s easy to find yourself sometimes feeling overwhelmed or even incompetent while studying for an extremely complex class. To know that present and past students are there at your fingertips to help lift you up and regain your determination and help you to refocus and remember why you started this program is absolutely a truly phenomenal feeling.”

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How much does it cost to become a veterinary technician in New York?

With Penn Foster’s affordable tuition and payment plan options, getting your vet tech education in New York can fit almost any budget!

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Our Proven Vet Tech Learning Model

Empowering Penn Foster students to reach their professional goals.


  • No set start date
  • No exam due dates
  • Payment Plans


  • Engaging digital study guides
  • Easy to use digital textbooks
  • Practical exercises


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Engaging online student community
  • Connect with peers in real-time through discussion boards


  • Unlimited access to expert instructors
  • Robust learning resources
  • Dedicated student services team

Online Vet Tech School in New York FAQs

How do I get my vet tech license in NY?

To get your vet tech license in New York, you first need to complete the education and testing requirements. You’ll need to graduate from an AVMA-accredited veterinary technician school and then pass the VTNE. Once you’ve done that, you’ll apply to the New York State Education Department to receive your license.

How long is vet tech school in NY?

Generally, a veterinary technician associate degree can be completed in as little as two years.

How much does a licensed vet tech make in NY?

The salary for a veterinary technician can vary based on a few factors, such as your experience or where you work. On average, the salary for LVTs in New York is around $46,020.*

Is becoming a vet tech worth it?

If you love animals, becoming a vet tech is absolutely worth it. On the job, you’ll often get to work with a variety of small animals and make sure they’re living their best lives. While the work can be challenging and sometimes physically exhausting, you can leave your shift at the end of each day knowing you made a difference for at least one pet and their owner.

How long does it take to become a vet tech in NY?

The length of time it takes to become a vet tech in New York can vary depending on where you’re earning your degree. While an associate degree can take roughly two years, some students may take longer depending on their learning speed and free time. 

How do I become a vet tech in NY?

In order to be called a veterinary technician or work in the role, you need to be licensed. To become a licensed vet tech in New York, you’ll need to meet the education and exam requirements set out by the New York State Education Department, which include completing a degree at an AVMA-accredited school and passing the VTNE.

Is a vet tech degree worth it?

Yes, a vet tech degree is absolutely worth it if you want to work as a veterinary technician in the state of New York. Without a degree, you aren’t able to qualify for a license and, without a license, you can’t work in the state.

How much does a vet tech make in New York City?

Vet techs in New York City make one of the highest salaries for the profession within the state, earning an average of $45,880 per year.*

Does New York use LVT, CVT, or RVT?

New York licenses their veterinary technicians, so credentialed techs in the state use LVT. 

Do New York vet techs have to take the VTNE?

Yes, New York vet techs must take the VTNE and pass in order to qualify for their license.