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Veterinary Technologists & Technicians

Also called: Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), Veterinary Technician (Vet Tech)

What they do:
Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.
On the job, you would:
  • Care for and monitor the condition of animals recovering from surgery.
  • Maintain controlled drug inventory and related log books.
  • Administer anesthesia to animals, under the direction of a veterinarian, and monitor animals' responses to anesthetics so that dosages can be adjusted.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • biology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Health
  • medicine and dentistry

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • hold or move items with your hands
Attention
  • do two or more things at the same time

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Animal Intelligence Software Animal Intelligence
  • McAllister Software Systems AVImark
Data base user interface and query software
  • FileMaker Pro software
  • Microsoft Access
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$30,290
per year, on average
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