What does a Veterinary Technician do?

Veterinary technicians work under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian and assist in the treatment and diagnosis of illness or injury in pets or livestock.

Veterinary technicians collect and record the animal’s health history, and they perform medical tests for pets or livestock and observe the behavior and habits of animals. They perform laboratory tests including a urinalysis or running a blood count and take and develop X-rays. As second in command to the vets they assist, when needed, they can provide emergency medical services and nursing care to pets or livestock. They also administer any medicine, vaccines, or treatments as prescribed by a veterinarian, and provide dental care and post-operative care. They also assist by administering anesthesia and performing various clinical care and laboratory tests. Veterinary technicians need a two-year degree and to pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination, which is administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7

Common Skill Sets

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Excellent Communication
Strong WORK Ethic

Veterinary Technician Seniority Levels

Veterinary Technician
24% made the transition
Pet Groomer
2% made the transition
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Veterinary Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$45,700 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $46K
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