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.
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.