Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

Health Science > Diagnostic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Veterinary Technologists and Technicians include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 67.6% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

  • 12.13% said they needed a High School Diploma.


    Provide veterinarians with the correct equipment or instruments, as needed.

    Bathe animals, clip nails or claws, and brush or cut animals' hair.

    Give enemas and perform catheterizations, ear flushes, intravenous feedings, or gavages.

    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.

    Maintain instruments, equipment, or machinery to ensure proper working condition.

    Provide information or counseling regarding issues such as animal health care, behavior problems, or nutrition.

    Maintain laboratory, research, or treatment records, as well as inventories of pharmaceuticals, equipment, or supplies.

    Clean kennels, animal holding areas, surgery suites, examination rooms, or animal loading or unloading facilities to control the spread of disease.

    Take animals into treatment areas and assist with physical examinations by performing such duties as obtaining temperature, pulse, or respiration data.

    Observe the behavior and condition of animals and monitor their clinical symptoms.

    Restrain animals during exams or procedures.

    Fill prescriptions, measuring medications and labeling containers.

    Clean and sterilize instruments, equipment, or materials.

    Take and develop diagnostic radiographs, using x-ray equipment.

    Discuss medical health of pets with clients, such as post-operative status.

    Collect, prepare, and label samples for laboratory testing, culture, or microscopic examination.

    Prepare and administer medications, vaccines, serums, or treatments, as prescribed by veterinarians.

    Care for and monitor the condition of animals recovering from surgery.

    Prepare animals for surgery, performing such tasks as shaving surgical areas.

    Administer anesthesia to animals, under the direction of a veterinarian, and monitor animals' responses to anesthetics so that dosages can be adjusted.

    Schedule appointments and procedures for animals.

    Maintain controlled drug inventory and related log books.

    Monitor medical supplies and place orders when inventory is low.

    Perform a variety of office, clerical, or accounting duties, such as reception, billing, bookkeeping, or selling products.

    Provide assistance with animal euthanasia and the disposal of remains.

    Perform dental work, such as cleaning, polishing, or extracting teeth.

    Prepare treatment rooms for surgery.

    Dress and suture wounds and apply splints or other protective devices.

    Supervise or train veterinary students or other staff members.

    Administer emergency first aid, such as performing emergency resuscitation or other life saving procedures.

    Conduct specialized procedures, such as animal branding or tattooing or hoof trimming.


X ray patient positioning equipment

X ray intensifying equipment

X ray film processors

X ray cassettes

Wall-mounted oxygen regulators

Vial access cannulas

Veterinary vaginal specula

All Tools

Veterinary ultrasound equipment

Veterinary suction equipment

Veterinary patient warming systems

Veterinary oral specula

Veterinary immersion hydrotherapy equipment

Veterinary emasculators

Veterinary dental x ray equipment

Veterinary anesthesia machines

Venoject needles

Vacuum autoclaves

Urinary catheters

Ultrasonic instrument cleaners

Ultrasonic dental scalers

Ultrasonic blood pressure monitors

Triage tags

Transtracheal jet insufflators


Telemetry units

Tablet computers

Suture scissors

Suture needles

Surgical scalpels

Surgical retractors

Surgical calipers


Straight pediatric blades

Straight adult blades

Steam autoclaves

Stationary veterinary x ray equipment

Stair chairs

Squeeze cages


Specimen collection containers


Short arm boards

Semiautomated or automatic external defibrillators AED

Scalp vein needles

Saline locks

Ring cutters

Rigid splints

Resuscitation devices

Respiration monitors

Radiation detecting film badges

Pulse oximeters

Protective face shields

Prophylaxis angles

Preload syringes

Portable veterinary x ray equipment

Portable oxygen equipment

Portable cardiac monitors

Personal computers

Periodontal curettes

Oxygen nasal cannulae

Oxygen administration equipment



Optical compound microscopes


Ophthalmic tonometers

One-way valve pocket masks

Obstetrical OB kits

Notebook computers

Nose tongs


Nasopharyngeal airways


Multiple dose syringes

Multi-level wheeled cots

Microscope slides

Microhematocrit centrifuges

Medical anti-shock trousers MAST

Mechanical stethoscopes

Mechanical intermittent positive pressure ventilators

Manual darkroom developing equipment

Magnetic resonance imaging MRI systems

Long arm boards

Linear accelerator equipment

Limb restraints

Lead thyroid collars

Lead gloves

Lead aprons


Laptop computers

Laboratory scales

Laboratory mechanical convection incubators

Intravenous IV pumps

Intravenous IV pressure infusers

Intravenous IV cannulas

Intravenous IV administration sets

Intraosseous kits

Interlink syringe cannulas

Infusion sets

Infant oxygen masks

Hypodermic syringes

Hypodermic needles

Humidification equipment

Hoof trimmers

Hoof picks


Head immobilization devices

Head halters

Handheld refractometers


Gas sterilizers

Fixed-suction equipment

Fixed-oxygen equipment

External pacers

Evacuated blood collection tubes

Esophageal tracheal airway devices

Esophageal intubation detection devices


Enteral feeding equipment

Enema equipment

Endotracheal ET tubes

Electrosurgery units

Electronic blood cell counters

Electronic animal scales

Electrocardiography EKG units

Electric animal clippers

Digital x ray equipment

Digital veterinary thermometers

Digital cameras

Differential blood cell counters

Desktop computers

Dental probes

Dental handpieces

Dental explorers


Dart guns

Curved pediatric blades

Curved adult blades

Cricothyrotomy kits

Computed tomography CT scanners

Coagulation analyzers

Child oxygen masks

Cattle chutes

Cardiac monitors

Cardboard splints

Capture rifles

Bulb syringes

Bovine tail restraints

Blood tubes

Blood pressure recorders

Blood gas analyzers

Blood collection syringes

Bite gloves

Benchtop centrifuges

Battery-powered portable suction units

Balling guns

Automated diluters

Automated chemistry analyzers

Artificial airway holders

Arterial line catheters

Anti shock garments

Animal snares

Animal nail trimmers

Animal electrocardiograph ECG units

Animal catching poles

Animal capture nets

Anesthesia syringes


Ambu bags

Airway suction units

Aerosol nebulizers

Adult stylets

Adult non-rebreather oxygen masks

Adult Magill forceps


Microsoft Access

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Word

Animal Intelligence Software Animal Intelligence

FileMaker Pro

McAllister Software Systems AVImark

All Technologies

Veterinary practice management software PMS

Web browser software

Word processing software


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

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