Overview of a Career in Veterinary Technology
Veterinary technicians spend their careers working to improve the health and happiness of animals and the people who love them. There are not many careers that truly offer the opportunity to make a real difference every day. For those considering this rewarding career, information pertaining to the training and education needed to work as a veterinary technician is discussed.
Basic Duties of a Veterinary Technician
Veterinary technicians, also known as vet techs, are similar to nurses in a hospital setting. Vet techs work under a veterinarian to provide general care for animals in a healthcare setting. In addition to providing general care, vet techs often perform the following tasks:
- Collect biological samples
- Conduct preliminary patient evaluations
- Administer medication
- Perform medical procedures
- Assist during surgical procedures
Education and Training Needed
Typically, a minimum of a two-year associate degree is required for entry level positions in the field of veterinary technology. However, many vet techs choose to earn a four-year bachelor degree and become a certified veterinary technologist. Students in a veterinary technology program take classes both in a classroom and laboratory setting in a variety of subjects including:
- Zoonotic diseases
- Veterinary Pharmacology
- Animal dentistry
- Veterinary nutrition
- Clinical procedures
In addition to course work, many programs include externship experiences to given students practical hands-on experience in an animal healthcare setting. To be considered Certified Veterinary Technician, vet techs must pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). The VTNE is a certifying test for graduates of an American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVNA) or accredited program.
Veterinary Technician Work Environment
Many veterinary technicians find rewarding work in a veterinary clinic or animal hospital. However, there is a growing demand for qualified vet techs in many other unique work settings. Vet Techs often work in a zoo setting to assist zoo veterinarians in caring for ill zoo animals, providing medical treatment and assisting with surgical procedures. Additionally, some government agencies work closely with animals in disaster response and research and routinely employ vet techs.
Veterinary Technology Job Outlook
Veterinary technology is a rapidly growing field. Labor trends indicate that the veterinary technology field is growing at a rate much faster than the average for all occupations. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that veterinary technology opportunities are expected to increase 19 percent from 2014 to 2024. OhioMeansJobs.com lists Veterinary Technologists and Technicians as the 11th ranked in-demand occupation (listed by job openings) statewide that require an associate’s degree.
Veterinary Technology Salary
The starting salary for veterinary technicians is good. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for Veterinary Technologists and Veterinary Technicians is $31,070 per year. Actual salaries for vet techs can vary based on areas of specialization, years of experience and work setting.
If you have always wanted to work with animals, a career in veterinary technology may be your calling. Vet techs can prepare for their new career in less than two years and can work in a variety of specialties and work environments. If you are considering a career in Veterinary Technology, contact Stautzenberger College, Brecksville. Stautzenberger’s Veterinary Technology Program is one of the most respected programs in Northeast Ohio. Contact Stautzenberger College, Brecksville today at 1-800-473-2997 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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