Vet Tech Schools in Florida

If you want to become a veterinary technician (vet tech) in Florida you need to have qualified from one of the right vet tech schools and to have passed the right exams.

The vet tech school you attend must be accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

The other requirement is that you have passed the both the national Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE), and the Florida Practical Exam (FPE)

All the colleges below offer two year courses which enable you to qualify as a vet tech.  Because Florida has more exotic animals than most states students can get to practice on exotic animals, birds and reptiles more than is normally possible.

The AVMA has accredited 6 vet tech schools in Florida.

Brevard Community College

Brevard Community College was established in 1960 and was accredited by the AVMA in 1999.  The college offers a two year full time course and students can take the course on a part time basis.

Brevard Community College
Veterinary Technology Program
1519 Clearlake Rd.
Cocoa, FL 32922

Hillsborough Community College

The college was accredited by the AVMA in 2008. The college offers a two year course (five terms) leading to a degree in Associate Science in Veterinary Technology

Hillsborough Community College
Veterinary Technology Program
PO Box 31127
Plant City, FL 33631-3127

Miami-Dade College

The college was founded in the 1960s and was accredited by the AVMA in 2003.  It offers a 6 semester full time course leading to a degree in Associate Science in Veterinary Technology.

Miami-Dade College
Veterinary Technology Program
Medical Center Campus
950 NW 20th Street
Miami, FL 33127

Sanford Brown Institute

The Sanford Brown Institute was first established in 1866.  There are now more than 30 colleges and schools with the name Sanford Brown across the United States.  Two of these offer vet tech degree courses in Florida – in Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville.  Both were accredited in 2011.

  • Sanford Brown Institute – Fort Lauderdale

Veterinary Technology Program
1201 West Cypress Road, Suite 101
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

  • Sanford Brown Institute – Jacksonville

Veterinary Technology Program
10255 Fortune Parkway, Suite 501
Jacksonville, FL 32256

St. Petersburg College

The college was accredited by the AVMA in 1978.  It offers a two year vet tech degree course for those who are on campus on a full time basis.  Part time students can complete the course in more than two years and distance learning students will take at least three years to complete the course.

The college also offers the four year Bachelor of Science degree course in Veterinary Technology, accredited by the AVMA in 1995.  Students can choose to do the course on campus or can study through distance learning.

St. Petersburg College
Veterinary Technology Program
Box 13489
St. Petersburg, FL 33733

All of these colleges produce a qualification for an Associate Science Degree in Veterinary Technology.  In addition the St. Petersburg College provides a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology.

If you qualify with this associate degree at one of these vet tech schools and pass the national exam and the Florida exam you will be eligible to find employment as a vet tech in Florida and your qualification is likely to be recognized in other states.

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