Veterinary Technician

Average Salary
Degree Requirements
Associate's Degree

Veterinary technicians use a keen attention to detail to provide animals with the best possible care. From private clinics to animal hospitals to research facilities, veterinary technicians are crucial in both emergency and day-to-day care of animals.

Also known as: Certified Veterinary Technician, Emergency Veterinary Technician, Medical Technologist, Veterinary Assistant, Veterinary Laboratory Technician, Veterinary Nurse
Complex Problem Solving
Critical Thinking
Service Orientation
Social Perceptiveness
Time Management
Perform medical tests for treatment and diagnosis
Prepare vaccines and serums for disease prevention
Administer anesthetics or sedatives to animals under the direction of a veterinarian
Monitor animal conditions during treatments, procedures and other activities
Treat medical emergencies
Maintain medical facility records
Administer non-intravenous medications
"I think some important things that really make you better at being a veterinary technician are certainly you have to have compassion and empathy. That's probably number one. If you don't feel for the animal, you're not going to be able to help them as well as you could."
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