Veterinary Technician

What Does A Veterinary Technician Do?

Veterinary technologists/technicians assist veterinarians with the diagnosis and treatment of sick or injured animals. This may include bathing, restraining, and euthanizing animals. 🙁 It also may involve taking samples of blood, urine, or tissue and analyzing them in the lab.

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How Do I Become A Veterinary Technician?

Completing a college program in veterinary technology is required – a two-year program is required for technicians, and a four-year bachelor’s degree program for technologists. In addition, students may be required to pass a licensure exam after graduation.

What is the Average Salary For A Veterinary Technician?

High – 50,000
Median – 34,000
Low – 23,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Veterinary Technician?

  • Biology
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter!

What Is The Work Environment For A Veterinary Technician?

Veterinary technologists/technicians generally work in animal hospitals, clinics, zoos, shelters, and pharmaceutical companies. The work environment can be physically and emotionally demanding. You must be willing to get dirty to do this job!

What Is The Future Outlook For A Veterinary Technician?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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