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Veterinary Technician
Veterinary technicians, known also as veterinary assistants, animal health technicians, or animal technicians, perform support duties to the veterinarian.

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Specializations
Lab Animal Technician – specializes in the testing of biomedical advancements and product safety. Biotechnology Technician – can specialize in animal breeding, forensics, gene therapy, fermentation, bioremediation, or DNA reagents and products.

Work Activities/Environment
Veterinary Technicians may be employed by veterinarians in a private practice, they may work in research laboratories, or assist with research projects in private industry or public health. Technicians prepare the examination room for animals and assist in restraining animals during exams. Under the supervision of a veterinarian, technicians may also perform laboratory tests, give injections, take vital signs, change bandages, bath or groom, or clean an animal’s teeth.

Academic/Special Requirements
High school students should study mathematics, biology, chemistry and related courses. A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Technicians are usually required to complete an associate degree.

Educational Institutions
Gateway Technical College
Madison Area Technical College
Milwaukee Career College
Northcentral Technical College
University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Salary
Average $25,750

Professional Organizations
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
9190 Crestwyn Hills Dr.
Memphis, TN, 38125
901/754-8620
www.aalas.org

American Veterinary Medical Association
1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL, 60173-4360
800/248-2862 or 800/321-1473 or 847/925-8070
www.avma.org

United States Animal Health Association
4221 Mitchell Ave.
St. Joseph, MO, 64507
816/671-1144
www.usaha.org


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