Veterinary Technologists and Technicians


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+16.2% (much faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Associate's degree


What Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 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.

Other Job Titles Veterinary Technologists and Technicians May Have

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), Emergency Veterinary Technician (Emergency Vet Tech), Internal Medicine Veterinary Technician (Internal Medicine Vet Tech), Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), Veterinarian Technician (Vet Tech), Veterinary Laboratory Technician (Vet Lab Tech), Veterinary Nurse (Vet Nurse), Veterinary Technician (Vet Tech), Veterinary Technologist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Veterinary Nurse ,

PetPartners USA

Obtaining medical history for several patients, performing an array of nursing duties including lab work, medication administration, and different types of technical procedures such as placing catheters.

veterinary tech ,

Ward Animal Hospital

In a typical day, I would monitor surgery patients vitals. I would assist the doctors in the room by holding patients while they are being examed and given shots or having samples taken. I would get the rooms ready for all appointments. I am also expected to be the go-between for the Dr. and patient.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Administer anesthesia to animals, under the direction of a veterinarian, and monitor animals' responses to anesthetics so that dosages can be adjusted.
  • Care for and monitor the condition of animals recovering from surgery.
  • Maintain controlled drug inventory and related log books.
  • Perform laboratory tests on blood, urine, or feces, such as urinalyses or blood counts, to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems.
  • Prepare and administer medications, vaccines, serums, or treatments, as prescribed by veterinarians.

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