Veterinary Technician Careers Guide

Are you interested in a new and rewarding career as a Veterinary Technician? A Veterinary Technician (also referred to as a Vet Tech) assists a Vet with many day to day and oftentimes critical tasks such as drawing blood, placing catheters, assisting in surgery, managing anesthesia, and giving medications.

A career as a Vet Tech can be an exciting and rewarding career, especially if you love working with animals.

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Vet Tech Career Overview

Key FactsDetail
Educational RequirementsTypically you will need to complete a 2 year accredited Veterinary Technician program. A handful of States allow on the job training.
Average Annual Salary$33,280
Average Salary Range $18,030 to $47,410 (depending on experience and location)
Number in Employment (2016)97,581
Employment OutlookExcellent
Work EnvironmentsVeterinary clinics, Animal Welfare Organizations, Animal Care & Grooming, Zoos and Wildlife Parks, Research & Laboratories
Related CareersVeterinary Assistant, Medical Assistant, Nursing Assistant, Surgical Technologist.X Ray Technician

What does a Vet Tech do?

Veterinary Technicians work under the supervision of a Vet. Daily tasks and responsibilities will depend on your work environment and Veterinary Technicians can be employed in a wide range of settings including clinics, animal shelters, grooming parlours and kennels, zoos and wildlife parks, and research laboratories.

If you love animals and are looking for a healthcare career with a wide range of responsibilities then working as a Vet Tech could be for you. Their daily tasks can encompass elements from many other healthcare careers such as carrying out x rays, dental care, assisting in surgery, phlebotomy, pharmacy and healthcare admin. To work as a Veterinary Tech you will need to be physically fit to assist with the movement and positioning of animals.

Veterinary Technician Tasks

  1. Assisting during examinations
  2. Providing first aid and medical care
  3. Taking blood samples
  4. Carrying out routine care like dental hygiene and administering immunizations
  5. Performing or assisting with X rays and other diagnostic and imaging tests
  6. Preparing animals for surgery including administering anesthesia
  7. Assisting in surgery and providing care and observation during recovery
  8. Documenting medical charts and keeping records up to date
  9. Dispensing medication as directed by the supervising Veterinarian
  10. Educating pet owners on animal care and welfare, disease prevention, disease treatment and behavior concerns