Role of Veterinary Technicians

If you care about animals, are good at math, science and decision-making, enjoy working with your hands, like working with people and handling a variety of responsibilities, then the challenging career of veterinary technology may be just right for you. The veterinary technician’s role is to provide professional health care to animals in conjunction with the veterinarian. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The veterinary technician is an essential member veterinary health care team. They have been educated in the care and handling of animals, the basic principles of normal and abnormal life processes, and in many laboratory and clinical procedures.

Veterinary technicians employed in a veterinary hospital are trained to:

  • Obtain medical histories
  • Collect specimens and perform laboratory procedures
  • Perform dental cleanings
  • Provide specialized nursing care
  • Prepare animals, instruments, and equipment for surgery
  • Calculate and administer drug, medication and fluid doses
  • Administer and monitor anesthesia
  • Perform diagnostic and medical procedures
  • Assist in surgical procedures
  • Perform diagnostic imaging
  • Educate clients
  • Supervise practice personnel

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Career Opportunities

While the majority of veterinary technicians are employed in private practice, the demand for veterinary technicians is rapidly expanding to human and animal health-related areas and specialties such as:

  • Military service
  • Veterinary practice management
  • Research
  • Zoo animal and wildlife care
  • Food safety inspection
  • Veterinary technology education
  • Veterinary supply sales and service
  • Diagnostic laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Animal shelters and humane societies
  • Livestock health management
  • Colleges or schools of veterinary medicine

Also see:
Veterinary technician FAQ's

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