Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
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 speculaAll Tools
Veterinary ultrasound equipment
Veterinary suction equipment
Veterinary patient warming systems
Veterinary oral specula
Veterinary immersion hydrotherapy equipment
Veterinary dental x ray equipment
Veterinary anesthesia machines
Ultrasonic instrument cleaners
Ultrasonic dental scalers
Ultrasonic blood pressure monitors
Transtracheal jet insufflators
Straight pediatric blades
Straight adult blades
Stationary veterinary x ray equipment
Specimen collection containers
Short arm boards
Semiautomated or automatic external defibrillators AED
Scalp vein needles
Radiation detecting film badges
Protective face shields
Portable veterinary x ray equipment
Portable oxygen equipment
Portable cardiac monitors
Oxygen nasal cannulae
Oxygen administration equipment
Optical compound microscopes
One-way valve pocket masks
Obstetrical OB kits
Multiple dose syringes
Multi-level wheeled cots
Medical anti-shock trousers MAST
Mechanical intermittent positive pressure ventilators
Manual darkroom developing equipment
Magnetic resonance imaging MRI systems
Long arm boards
Linear accelerator equipment
Lead thyroid collars
Laboratory mechanical convection incubators
Intravenous IV pumps
Intravenous IV pressure infusers
Intravenous IV cannulas
Intravenous IV administration sets
Interlink syringe cannulas
Infant oxygen masks
Head immobilization devices
Evacuated blood collection tubes
Esophageal tracheal airway devices
Esophageal intubation detection devices
Enteral feeding equipment
Endotracheal ET tubes
Electronic blood cell counters
Electronic animal scales
Electrocardiography EKG units
Electric animal clippers
Digital x ray equipment
Digital veterinary thermometers
Differential blood cell counters
Curved pediatric blades
Curved adult blades
Computed tomography CT scanners
Child oxygen masks
Bovine tail restraints
Blood pressure recorders
Blood gas analyzers
Blood collection syringes
Battery-powered portable suction units
Automated chemistry analyzers
Artificial airway holders
Arterial line catheters
Anti shock garments
Animal nail trimmers
Animal electrocardiograph ECG units
Animal catching poles
Animal capture nets
Airway suction units
Adult non-rebreather oxygen masks
Adult Magill forceps
Animal Intelligence Software Animal Intelligence
McAllister Software Systems AVImarkAll Technologies
Veterinary practice management software PMS
Web browser software
Word processing software
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.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.