Vet Tech Schools in Kentucky

You can qualify to get a license to practice as a veterinary technician (vet tech) in Kentucky from an accredited vet tech school. Vet tech schools in Kentucky have to be accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

You are also required to have passed the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).  Once you have passed the VTNE you are required by the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners to have begun employment with and be receiving direct supervision from a vet in Kentucky registered by the Board.  The application is submitted to the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Medicine Examiners to grant a licensing certificate.

Kentucky law requires that vet techs be of good moral character. Using illegal substances, being drunk, or guilty of a crime will jeopardize your certification.

The AVMA has accredited 3 schools in Kentucky.  One offers just an Associate Degree course (Brown Mackie), one offers both an Associate Degree and a Bachelor Degree course (Morehead) and one offers just a Bachelor Degree course (Murray).

Brown Mackie College – Louisville

The first Brown Mackie College was founded in 1892 in Kansas.  Since then it has expanded so that now it has colleges in 20 locations in 15 states.

Brown Mackie offers a vet tech associate degree course in Louisville, Kentucky.  The degree is an Associate degree in Applied Science – Veterinary Technology.  Students cover the following range of competencies:

The ability to perform basic nursing skills and office procedures.  Topics for study include animal behavior, animal safety, veterinary law and ethics, examination of animals, grooming, drug administration, record keeping, animal diseases, nursing skills related to large and small animals, veterinary care, preparation for surgery and assistance in routine surgical procedures, pre-operative and post-operative care, the cleaning and maintenance of the operating and consultation rooms, laboratory procedures, the administration of anesthesia, and medical imaging, .

80% of students complete the course within the allotted 2 year period.  Others can take longer.

The college was first accredited by the AVMA in 2009.

Brown Mackie College Louisville

3605 Fern Valley Road
Louisville, KY 40219

 Morehead State University

Morehead State University, in Morehead, Kentucky was first founded in 1887 as a private school before becoming a state institution in 1922, and achieved university status in 1966.

Within the university “the Department of Agricultural Sciences at Morehead State University offers both an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology. Students in the program develop their skills on a wide variety of animals and take courses that contribute to their understanding of animal care and nursing. Clinical training is on actual animal patients (not simulated) and is completed at the MSU Veterinary Technology Small Animal Teaching Hospital, Equine Health and Education Center, and farm areas of the Derrickson Agricultural Complex.”

The university was first accredited by the AVMA in 1977.

Morehead State University
Veterinary Technology Program
25 MSU Farm Dr.
Morehead, KY 40351

Murray State University

Murray State University offers a 4 year Bachelor degree in Veterinary Technology.  The program is situated in the university’s Animal Health Technology Center.

“Students in Veterinary Technology will be instructed in the health care of dogs, cats, laboratory animals, horses, beef, sheep, swine and exotics. Students will also receive a semester of intense instruction at a veterinary diagnostic laboratory. This semester focuses on diagnostic and research techniques in large and small animals.”

Murray State University
Animal Health Technology Program
Department of Agriculture
100 AHT Center
Murray, KY 42071

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