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Veterinary Technologists and Technician
“A dog's second best friend!”
Owners of pets and other animals today expect state-of-the-art veterinary care.
The Job
Veterinary technologists and technicians typically conduct clinical work in a private practice under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. They often perform various medical tests and treat and diagnose medical conditions and diseases in animals.
Work Environment
People who love animals get satisfaction from working with and helping them. However, some of the work may be unpleasant, physically and emotionally demanding, and sometimes dangerous.
College Majors
2-year program for veterinary technicians and a 4-year program for veterinary technologists.
Minimum Qualifications
There are primarily two levels of education and training for entry to this occupation: a 2-year program for veterinary technicians and a 4-year program for veterinary technologists.
Personality traits helpful for this career
technologists and technicians should be able to work well with others, because teamwork with Veterinarians is common.
Quick Facts
  • Animal lovers get satisfaction from this occupation, but aspects of the work can be unpleasant, physically and emotionally demanding, and sometimes dangerous.
  • Entrants generally complete a 2-year or 4-year veterinary technology program and must pass a State examination.
  • Employment is expected to grow much faster than average.
  • Overall job opportunities should be excellent; however, keen competition is expected for jobs in zoos and aquariums.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of veterinary technologists and technicians were $28,900 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $23,580 and $34,960. The bottom 10 percent earned less than $19,770, and the top 10 percent earned more than $41,490. Veterinary technologists in research jobs may earn more than veterinary technicians in other types of jobs.
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