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Veterinary Technician

 

Overview:

 

Veterinary Technicians are responsible for the well-being of animals. They work hand-in-hand with veterinarians providing the essential medical procedures to ensure that animals are healthy.

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Provide health care for pets, livestock, zoo, sporting and or laboratory animals
  • Examine animals to determine nature of illness or injury
  • Perform laboratory tests such as urinalysis and blood counts
  • Expose and develop x rays and radiographs
  • Treat injuries for pets and or farm animals
  • Assist veterinarian in treatments and surgeries
  • Advise animal owners of animal care and feeding
  • Responsible for ensuring sanitary measures before, during and after all procedures
  • Operate medical equipment
  • Stock and maintain medicines and supplies
  • Euthanize animals when necessary
  • Provide prevention care to maintain animal health
  • Communicate with the veterinarian about the progress of animal treatments and recovery
  • Document for each specific animal treated

 

What education and training is required?

An associate’s degree in veterinary technology or animal science, more research based positions may require a bachelor’s degree.

 

To pursue a career as a Veterinary Technician:

The following high school courses are recommended:agricultural education, a focus on sciences such as animal science and biology, chemistry, physical science, and mathematics.

 

Typical Employers: 

Veterinary clinics, university research farms, diagnostic laboratories, zoos, animal control facilities and wildlife preserves.

 

Future Job Market/Outlook:

The future outlook for Veterinary Technicians is expected to be excellent.

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:

  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Association of Bovine Practitioners
  • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
  • North American Veterinary Technician Association