What does a Veterinary Technician do?
Veterinary Technicians typically work for veterinary clinics or veterinary hospitals to provide a range of medical services to animals. They work closely with other Veterinary Technicians, Veterinarians and front desk staff to oversee pet checkups or more in-depth medical care. Their job is to take x-rays or perform ultrasounds, update patient records, administer vaccinations and speak with pet owners about how to best care for their animals. They may also be responsible for helping schedule pet check-ups and sending reminders to owners as needed.
Veterinary Technician skills and qualifications
A successful Veterinary Technician candidate will have multiple prerequisite skills and qualifications needed for the performance of their duties. Some necessary skills and qualifications include:
- Working knowledge of the pharmaceuticals that are prescribed by the Veterinarian
- Good listening skills
- Communication skills
- Physical stamina
- Knowledge of a variety of animal species
Veterinary Technician salary expectations
A Veterinary Technician makes an average of $15.86 an hour. Pay rate may depend on a candidate’s education, experience level and geographical location.
Veterinary Technician education and training requirements
A typical education for Veterinary Technicians consists of a two-year degree or equivalent education that focuses on the care of animals. Courses typically include learning basic nursing care for animals, anatomy and physiology of animals, veterinary pathology, biochemistry, anesthesia and surgical nursing. Training usually involves working in a clinical setting for practical experience and time spent in laboratory settings to learn various skills.
Veterinary Technician experience requirements
A Veterinary Technician should have experience working in a variety of settings that focus on the care of animals. Someone who has just completed their education should have worked in clinical and laboratory settings. Experience working as a volunteer in animal shelters is also beneficial. A Veterinary Technician with more experience has handled multiple animal species, understands animal behavior and the handling of animals in all temperaments and can communicate medical information to clients, Veterinarians and coworkers.
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