Veterinary Technician (VT)/Certified (CVT)/Licensed (LVT)

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/Work Locations

  • Veterinary Technicians, known also as Veterinary Assistants, Animal Health Technicians, or Animal Technicians, perform support duties for and under the supervision of a Veterinarian.
  • Routine duties include restraint of animals, sample collection, nursing care (IV catheter placement, bandage application, medication administration, etc.), feeding of animals, record keeping, office procedures, and client education and communication.
  • Other skills include administration of anesthesia, surgical nursing, radiographic procedures, dental prophylaxis, clinical pathology procedures and medication preparation.
  • Under the supervision of a Veterinarian, Technicians may also perform laboratory tests, give injections, take vital signs, change bandages, bath or groom, or clean animal’s teeth.
  • May work in a private practice, research laboratory, private industry or public health.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Some of the work may be unpleasant, physically and emotionally demanding, and sometimes dangerous.
  • Must love animals.
  • Communication skills necessary to deal with pet owners.
  • Work setting can be noisy.
  • Witnessing abused animals or euthanized unwanted, aged, or hopelessly injured animals may experience emotional stress.
  • Must have physical strength to lift and carry 50 pounds.
  • Risk exposure to bites or scratches.

 

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