A career as a Vet Tech can be an exciting and rewarding career, especially if you love working with animals.
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- How much do Vet Techs make?
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Vet Tech Career Overview
|Educational Requirements||Typically you will need to complete a 2 year accredited Veterinary Technician program. A handful of States allow on the job training.|
|Average Annual Salary||$33,280|
|Average Salary Range||$18,030 to $47,410 (depending on experience and location)|
|Number in Employment (2016)||97,581|
|Work Environments||Veterinary clinics, Animal Welfare Organizations, Animal Care & Grooming, Zoos and Wildlife Parks, Research & Laboratories|
|Related Careers||Veterinary Assistant, Medical Assistant, Nursing Assistant, Surgical Technologist.X Ray Technician|
What does a Vet Tech do?
Veterinary Technicians work under the supervision of a Vet. Daily tasks and responsibilities will depend on your work environment and Veterinary Technicians can be employed in a wide range of settings including clinics, animal shelters, grooming parlours and kennels, zoos and wildlife parks, and research laboratories.
If you love animals and are looking for a healthcare career with a wide range of responsibilities then working as a Vet Tech could be for you. Their daily tasks can encompass elements from many other healthcare careers such as carrying out x rays, dental care, assisting in surgery, phlebotomy, pharmacy and healthcare admin. To work as a Veterinary Tech you will need to be physically fit to assist with the movement and positioning of animals.
Veterinary Technician Tasks
- Assisting during examinations
- Providing first aid and medical care
- Taking blood samples
- Carrying out routine care like dental hygiene and administering immunizations
- Performing or assisting with X rays and other diagnostic and imaging tests
- Preparing animals for surgery including administering anesthesia
- Assisting in surgery and providing care and observation during recovery
- Documenting medical charts and keeping records up to date
- Dispensing medication as directed by the supervising Veterinarian
- Educating pet owners on animal care and welfare, disease prevention, disease treatment and behavior concerns