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