A veterinary technician assists veterinarians in caring for animals. The state of Arizona certifies veterinary technicians, requiring that they pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) given by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards and an Arizona state exam. The Bureau of Labor Statistics groups veterinary technicians with technologists and reports that their mean annual salary in Arizona, as of May 2009, was $27,240.
Salary by City
The BLS reports in May 2009 the mean annual salary by Arizona city as: Flagstaff, $26,170; Lake Havasu City-Kingman, $26,950; Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, $27,360; Prescott, $24,100; Tucson, $27,400; Yuma, $23,760; and nonmetropolitan areas in southeast Arizona, $30,270.
Currently Listed Salaries
As of January 2011, the website Indeed.com reports the average salary for current job listings for veterinary technicians in Arizona as $33,000, with Flagstaff at $32,000; Phoenix at $31,000; and Tucson at $30,000.
According to the Arizona Administrative Code, a certified veterinary technician may perform tasks delegated by a licensed veterinarian while under the direction, supervision and control of the veterinarian. The exceptions are that a tech cannot perform surgery, diagnose, prescribe medication or make a prognosis.
To renew Arizona certification, a veterinary tech must submit a renewal application no later than February 1 of every odd-numbered year. The application must include the certificate holder's name, residence address, work address and work telephone number; a statement of whether, within the past two years, the certificate holder has been charged with a felony or any misdemeanor involving conduct that may affect patient health and safety; written documentation of required continuing education; and the renewal fee.