description: Veterinary technicians work under the supervision of a licensed vet They perform laboratory and diagnostic tests, and help explain an animal's condition or medication to the pet owners.
Veterinary technicians perform many routine clinical and laboratory procedures within a vet's office. They give medication, perform medical tests, take blood, and test urine, fecal matter, and other biological samples for signs of disease.
Veterinary technicians normally assist a veterinarian while the vet examines an animal. They make sure that the animal remains calm and secure while the vet administers shots or performs the checkup.
Veterinary technicians are also normally responsible for weighing pets and recording its medical history. They write down information that includes an animal's symptoms, eating habits, and behavior. Veterinarians then use this information to help diagnose a problem with the animal, and are able to reference it during future checkups.
Though veterinary technicians can't write prescriptions themselves, they often explain to pet owners how medication should be administered, and any side effects that they should watch out for.
Most veterinary technicians work with cats and dogs, but some handle other types of animals as well. Sheep, cattle, horses, birds, reptiles, rats, and mice are examples of other animals that some veterinary technicians work with.
If you love animals and want a career that will allow you to interact with them on a daily basis, then a job as a veterinary technician might be a good fit for you.
Salary= ( 29,000 )
Education: Veterinary technologists and technicians must complete a postsecondary program in veterinary technology. Technologists need a 4-year bachelor’s degree, and technicians need a 2-year associate’s degree. Typically, both technologists and technicians must take a credentialing exam and must become registered, licensed, or certified, depending on the requirements of the state in which they work.
Special skill: Schedule appointments, admit, discharge and triage according to client, patient and facility needs through phone and in-person contact
1. Recognize and respond to veterinary medical emergencies
2. Create and maintain individual client/patient records, vaccination certificates, and other appropriate forms:
3. Perform basic filing of medical records, radiographs, lab reports, etc.
4. Create and maintain all appropriate facility records and logs in compliance with regulatory guidelines (e.g., x-ray, surgery, anesthesia, laboratory, controlled substance)
5. Manage inventory control. Recognize roles of appropriate regulatory agencies. Maintain appropriate disposal protocols for hazardous materials
6. Establish and maintain appropriate sanitation and nosocomial protocols for a veterinary facility, including patient and laboratory area.