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Dear Christopher Cat

I have two questions.  First, I would like to become a certified veterinary technician, but the colleges in my area do not offer vet tech programs.  Are there any courses I can take via the internet?

Second, I notice that some veterinarians are DVMs, while others are VMDs.  What’s the difference?

Christopher Responds

Several of the colleges that offer residential veterinary technician programs also offer on-line programs for distance learning. 

These programs are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and provide the foundation for taking the certification exam.  Hands-on clinical work is done at a veterinary hospital in your area.

For information, see the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America website at www.navta.net, and click on Vet Tech Programs. Also visit www.vettech.org for detailed information on program options.

As to your second question, there is really no difference between a DVM degree and a VMD degree.

Most veterinary schools confer the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.  The exception is the University of Pennsylvania, the first veterinary school in the United States and my mom’s alma mater, which grants the Veterinary Medical Doctor degree.

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