You can qualify to get a license to practice as a veterinary technician (vet tech) in South Dakota from an accredited vet tech school. Vet tech schools in South Dakota have to be accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
The other requirement is that you have passed the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). A minimum score of 425, using the Criterion Based Scoring System, is required to enable candidates to submit their names for licensing. The application is submitted to the South Dakota Board of Veterinary Medicine Examiners. to grant a licensing certificate.
All candidates are required to take an oral interview before members of the Board
South Dakota 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 2 schools in South Dakota.
Globe University – Sioux Falls
Globe University has campuses in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Globe University has existed for 125 years. At Sioux Falls it offers an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology Management.
The Associate degree course is a 24 month course. In that period students will cover physiology, anatomy, pathology, biology, and laboratory testing. Students learn patient care, hospitalization, clinical management and biomedical research in depth.
Students learn both in the lecture room and in a real-world externship.
The University is one of the few colleges in the US to offer a 4 year course in veterinary technology management, leading to qualification as a veterinary technologist. The bachelor’s degree course provides for:
- A curriculum involving the development of animal companion skills and business skills training
- Specialized learning disciplines including small animal behavior, equine care, advanced dentistry and anesthesia, emergency and critical care, integrative medicine and lab animal management. .
- Training in office procedures utilizing appropriate veterinary software and planned electives in business management.
- In-field practice in technical skills using an externship.
Globe University-Sioux Falls
5101 South Broadband Lane
South Dakota 57108-2208
National American University Rapid Falls
The National American University has campuses in Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Indiana, Nebraska, New Jersey New Mexico Oklahoma, Texas and South Dakota.
It began in 1941 when the then National School of Business in Rapid Falls, South Dakota first established specialized business degree courses. Subsequently campuses were established in many other states.
In Rapid Falls the university offers an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.
The curriculum consists of an 8-quarter program. During the last quarter students undertake an externship whereby students work alongside a vet in a veterinary practice.
Students on this course are trained to provide assistance to vets in every aspect of veterinary care including animal patient care, preparation for surgery, radiological procedures, maintenance of equipment, laboratory procedures, medical administration, office procedures as well as public relations.
National American University
Allied Health Division
Veterinary Technology Program
321 Kansas City St.
South Dakota 57701