Job Description

Veterinary technologists and technicians do medical tests that help diagnose animals’ injuries and illnesses.

Rewarding Aspects of Career
  • Caring for animals
  • Working with animals
  • Every day is different! 
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Job Responsibilities
  • Observe the behavior and condition of animals
  • Provide nursing care or emergency first aid to recovering or injured animals
  • Bathe animals, clip nails or claws, and brush or cut animals’ hair
  • Restrain animals during exams or procedures
  • Administer anesthesia to animals and monitor their responses
  • Take x rays and collect and perform laboratory tests, such as urinalyses and blood counts
  • Prepare animals and instruments for surgery
  • Administer medications, vaccines, and treatments prescribed by a veterinarian
  • Collect and record animals’ case histories
Skills Needed on the Job
  • Communication skills
  • Compassion
  • Detail oriented
  • Manual dexterity
  • Physical strength
Different Types of Organizations

Veterinary technicians generally work in private clinical practices or animal hospitals under the guidance of a licensed veterinarian. 

Veterinary technologists typically work in more advanced research-related jobs, usually under the guidance of a scientist or veterinarian. Some technologists work in private clinical practices. Working primarily in a laboratory setting. 

Expectations and Sacrifices
  • Physically or emotionally demanding 
  • Risk injury on the job. They may be bitten, scratched, or kicked while working with scared or aggressive animals. 
  • Might work weekends and evenings.
What kind of things did people in this career enjoy doing when they were younger…
  • Loved animals
  • Helped friends or family members when they got injured 
Education and Training Needed
  • Technologists usually need a 4-year bachelor’s degree. 
  • Technicians need a 2-year associate’s degree. 
  • Credential: Both technologists and technicians must take a credentialing exam and become registered, licensed, or certified, depending on the requirements of the state in which they work. Go to
  • On-the-job experience (usually at least three to five years)
  • Continuing education in your chosen field
Things to do in high school
  • Intern with a veterinarian 
  • Take biology and science classes
Typical Roadmap
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How to land your 1st job
  • Gain Experience: During training, complete an externship to gain experience in a real-world environment. 
  • Network through your training program and externship. 
  • Apply for jobs online. 
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