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Veterinary Technician Job Overview

The role of the veterinary technician is similar to that of a registered nurse in a doctor's office. Vet techs are the veterinarian's right hand. In many cases, the vet tech will be the first person to examine an animal when it comes into the veterinary clinic. Vet techs are also employed by zoos and research labs to assist in caring for, evaluating and treating the animals. Vet techs can specialize in several different areas of medicine, including dentistry, anesthesia, nutrition and pathology. Vet techs often supervise other members of the veterinary care team such as the veterinary assistant.

Depending on the work environment, the daily tasks of a veterinary technician can include:

  • Taking patient history for animals presenting for treatment
  • Collecting specimens and performing laboratory tests
  • Preparing animals for surgery, which can include administering anesthesia and monitoring the animal during surgery
  • Taking X-rays and performing other diagnostic tests
  • Cleaning animals' teeth
  • Interpreting laboratory and diagnostic tests and communicating results to treating clinicians
  • Giving specialized nursing care to critically ill or injured animals
  • Supervising the activities of other veterinary office staff
  • Assisting with research projects and supervising the care of research animals

The vet tech's daily tasks depend on the type of practice they work for. Some vet techs go into animal behavioral medicine, a specialty that focuses on teaching humane behavior modification.

Veterinary Technician Job Education Requirements

Most veterinary technicians are certified by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). In order to qualify for certification, vet techs must complete a two-year degree program at a school accredited by the American Veterinary Medicine Association. Some vet techs, especially those looking for clinical research jobs, will go on to get a four-year degree in animal science.

Veterinary Technician Job Market

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for vet techs is expected to grow 30 percent over the next decade, much higher than for other careers. This is because more practices are replacing lower skilled workers with credentialed veterinary technicians and giving them more responsibility for animal care and practice supervision.

Veterinary Technician Job Salary Information

The median salary for vet technicians in 2012 was $30,290. The highest paid veterinary technicians earned $44,030. In general, vet techs who obtained specialty credentials or worked for federal and state government programs earned the highest salaries. Vet techs associated with research at academic facilities also earned higher wages.

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Scituate Animal Hospital is seeking a full time veterinary technician and a part time veterinary receptionist to join our team. We are a very busy, well-established, 3 doctor small animal practice in north central RI and are in the process of expanding our facility. Evening and Saturday hours are required. Experience preferred but will train the right individual. Must be able to work some even...
3 Veterinary Techs Greenbelt Veterinary Hospital & Pet Resort has an immediate need for 3 full time experienced veterinary technicians at our high quality, small animal practice located in Midland, TX. We offer health insurance, paid vacation days, paid sick leave, pet care discount and allowance, FSA, etc. for our valued employees. We offer a bustling case load with the ability to let your talent...
Company Confidential Osceola, WI, 54020
BASIC SUMMARY: The Research Technician will be responsible for preparing and monitoring animals during surgical and interventional procedures. These duties will be performed in compliance with applicable Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Laboratory Practices (GLP, Association for Assessment and Accreditation of laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), United States Department of Agriculture (USD...
Do you want to excel in your career as a Veterinary Technician? Are you looking to join a team where your current skills will shine while you learn and grow every day? At Wachusett Animal Hospital and Pet Retreat we offer our team members an invaluable learning experience along with many opportunities for career advancement and growth. We have just finished a major expansion; we are excited to an...
Candidates must thrive in a fast-paced environment, can handle a wide range of responsibilities, have excellent customer service and communication skills. Minimal 2 years experience as a veterinary technician or veterinary assistant. Experience as a veterinary technician include: Client education, knowledge of basic healthcare for companion pets, Intravenous catheter placement, venipuncture, and...
IVG MetroWest, located in Natick, MA has an immediate full-time opening in our Emergency and Intensive Care Unit for experienced veterinary technicians. IVG MetroWest opened in December 2011 and provides 24-hour emergency and specialty services including internal medicine, ophthalmology and surgery. The hospital has an open concept floor plan allowing teams work very collaboratively and provide op...
Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital (PCVRH), located in Portsmouth, NH, has an immediate full-time opening in our Internal Medicine and Emergency department for an experienced veterinary technician. Port City is a member of the InTown Veterinary Group (IVG) network of hospitals and offers services in surgery, ophthalmology, internal medicine, radiology, physical therapy and emergency medicine....
Port City Referral Hospital, located in Portsmouth, NH has a full-time opening in our Ophthalmology department for an experienced veterinary technician. Candidates will have a minimum 2-year experience, CVT preferred. Qualified candidates should be able to provide comfort, diagnostic, surgical and nursing care to all patients. Candidates will also have: · Anesthesia experience · Proficiency wit...
Temporary Veterinary Technician Hiring List – Veterinary Services The Chicago Zoological Society, which operates the Brookfield Zoo, is currently soliciting on-line applications from qualified and experienced animal care professionals for placement on a hiring list for temporary positions. The list will be used to select qualified candidates for temporary full-time veterinary technician positions...
Veterinary Technician I or IIRadiation OncologySmall Animal HospitalPosition # 20001200Reports to: Radiation Oncologist & Service Technician SupervisorRegular, Fulltime M-F 40 hours/ week, with required on-call hoursSalary: DOE&QPay Grade: 37Position Summary: The Radiation Oncology Technician provides radiation therapy to patients under the guidance of the Radiation Oncologist. This position invol...
Job DescriptionLicensed Veterinary Technician Small Animal Intensive Care and Emergency ServicePay grade 36 Position # 50206238 and 50206237Reports to: ICU Technician SupervisorRegular, Fulltime Non-weekday hours40 hours/ week, with required on-call hours, and some holiday workSalary: DOE&QGENERAL SUMMARY The Veterinary Technician in this position is responsible for working in the Intensive Care U...
Company Confidential Memphis, TN, 38104
Veterinary Technician Immediate openings. Expd Vet Tech for full time positions for day time and night time shifts. Exp reqd. Salary based on exp. and shift. Also immediate opening for a receptionist. Basic computer skills reqd. Veterinary hospital is located in Desoto Co. Fax resume to 662-393-8426. Posting provided by:...
Veterinary Technician Wanted for growing practice in Harrison City. Full time. 1 yr experience preferred. Send resume & cover letter to: *****...
We are a feline-only practice looking for experienced full-time/part-time Veterinary Technicians/Assistants who love working with clients and cats in a fast paced, growing, multi-tasking environment. We strive to offer the highest standard of medical care to our patients and the highest standard of customer service to our clients. We are looking for a candidate who has the skills, knowledge and de...
Veterinary Technician Full time Vet Tech for Boca practice. 2 years minimum experience required. Assist with surgery, dentals, etc. Benefits, insurance. $12-$16/hr. Send resume to Cole Aninimal Clinic Po Box 1624 Boca Raton, FL 33429-1624...
Company Confidential Odessa, TX, 79761
General VETERINARY TECHNICIAN TRAINEE Opportunity includes training for the right person to join a dedicated animal team. Bring Resume to: 2210 E. 8th. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!...
Job Purpose: Provides animal care by determining animal requirements; conducting examinations and diagnostic procedures; assisting during operations; feeding and caring for animals; maintaining supplies and equipment; maintaining records. Duties: * Determines animal requirements by conducting examinations and interviews; reviewing care plans and records; completing laboratory tests and studies,...
Our Boston suburban veterinarian client has an immediate need for a Vet Tech. This position is long term temp, possible temp-hire. Candidate must be able to work every other Saturday. 9am-3pm Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday (3 days weekly) Every other Saturday 9am-3pm Vet Tech * Assist Vet with procedures * Urinalysis * PLB * will train person with medical assistance background (must like animal...
Job Description The Cat Clinic in St. Louis, MO has job opportunities for full and part-time veterinary technicians. These positions do require experience working on cats. The positions involve medical and surgical care along with some laboratory and front desk work. Contact Linda Williams at ***** or 314 991-3131. Our website is www.catclinicstl.com....
Exp'd Technician - Full Time Receptionist - Part or Full Time Tech Asst - Full Time For busy, growing, established small animal practice. Woodstock Veterinary Clinic 691 Lake Ave, Woodstock Please stop in & fill out application. Resume welcome at: ***** Posting provided by:...

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