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Veterinary Technician

Career Highlights

  • People who love animals feel satisfaction
  • Veterinary technicians are similar to that of a nurse
  • Opportunities in biomedical research

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Career Summary

Veterinarian With A DogPeople who love animals get satisfaction from working with and helping them. Their job is similar to that of a nurse. Veterinary technicians feed, water, and examine pets and possibly farm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and or animal hospitals and clinics. They also clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment.

Some veterinary technicians obtain and record patients’ case histories, expose and develop x rays, and provide specialized nursing care. In addition, experienced veterinary technicians may discuss a pet’s condition with its owners.

Some veterinary technicians may provide routine post-operative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists. Veterinary technologists may conduct clinical work in a private practice under the supervision of a veterinarian—often performing various medical tests along with treating and diagnosing medical conditions and diseases in animals.

Veterinary technicians who work in research facilities may do laboratory examinations, and record information on an animal’s genealogy, diet, weight, medications, food intake, and clinical signs of pain and distress. Veterinary technologists occasionally assist veterinarians as they work with other scientists in medical-related fields such as gene therapy and cloning. Some find opportunities in biomedical research, wildlife medicine, the military, livestock management, or pharmaceutical sales.

Salary

$27000*

Education

Requires a degree in:

  • Veterinary Technician

Career Skills

  • Biology
  • Customer & Personal Service
  • Animal care
  • Knowledge of the medical equipment
  • Dressing wounds

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*Salary ranges based on location, experience, and demand. This number represents a rough nation-wide average.