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Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
Quick Facts : Veterinary Technologists and Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$29,710
Entry Level EducationAssociate's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201280,200
Job Outlook52% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change41,700


Veterinary technologists and technicians perform medical tests under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to treat or to help veterinarians diagnose the illnesses and injuries of animals. Despite differences in formal education and training, veterinary technologists and technicians carry out many similar tasks.

What Veterinary Technologists and Technicians Do

  • Observe the behavior and condition of animals
  • Provide nursing care or emergency first aid to recovering or injured animals
  • Collect laboratory samples, such as blood, urine, or tissue, for testing
  • Perform laboratory tests, such as urinalyses and blood counts
  • Administer medications, vaccines, and treatments prescribed by a veterinarian

Work Environment

Veterinary technologists and technicians work in private clinics, laboratories, and animal hospitals. Their jobs may be physically or emotionally demanding. Many technologists and technicians may have to work evenings, weekends, or holidays.
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Job Outlook

Employment of veterinary technologists and technicians is expected to grow 52 percent from 2010 to 2020 due to a growing pet population that will require more veterinary technologists and technicians.
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Pay

The average salary of veterinary technologists and technicians was $29,710 in May 2010.
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Veterinary Technologists and Technicians*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

29710

Healthcare Occupations

58203.2

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians*
Percent Change in Employment

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

51.995

Healthcare Occupations

25.417691284418105

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

There are primarily two levels of education and training for entry into this occupation: a 4-year program for veterinary technologists and a 2-year program for veterinary technicians. Usually, both technologists and technicians must take a credentialing exam and must become registered, licensed, or certified, depending on the state.
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