Megan Gahl

A Career as a Veterinarian Technician

Career Goal - Veterinarian Technician

Career Overview

Vet techs help diagnose and treat animal illnesses and injuries. They also talk to the patient owners and prepare the animals to be seen by the vet.

Vet techs work under the supervision of the vet. They hold animals during their tests, treatments, surgeries, or shots. They may draw blood, collect tissue samples, or do laboratory work.

Some vet techs work in labs to work on research projects.

Career Skills and Interests

To be a vet tech you need to have communication skills along with reason and problem solving skills. You need to be able to analyze data and ideas, identify problems, and review information. Some other skills you might need to be a vet tech would be to be able to use math and science, manage yourself along with other people, time and things. You also need to be able to work with people along with the animals.

Career Working conditions

On the job as a vet tech there is a lot of contact with people. You work with the vet and with your patients owners. You may also interact with people over the phone.

Most vet techs work indoors but some may work outdoors. As a vet tech you are exposed to many different things such as disease, infections, animal waste, and radiation.

On the job the vet tech has to be very exact with their work. If you were to be incorrect on one small thing it could endanger the patient. They would also have to do many activities repeatedly.

Career wages and outlook

The outlook for vet techs is very high. There are many openings for vet techs all around. This job is really on the rise.

Hourly - $14.87

Yearly - $30,930

career related occupations

Some careers that are similar to a vet tech would include:

- animal caretakers

- medical laboratory technicians

- veterinary assistants

- zoologists

Program of study - Veterinarian technician

program overview

These programs teach people to work with animals. These students will specialize in working with either small or large animals. You can either work at veterinary offices, laboratories, or zoos.

program admission

Proprietary schools, colleges and universities offer this program. For most of the schools you need to have you generals in high school and possibly 2 years of a foreign language. Some admissions may vary. You might need to take the placement test, ACT, or SAT.

Some high school courses that may help you are:

  • Animal Science
    • Community Health
    • Safety and First Aid
    • Healthcare Occupations
    • Healthcare Sciences Work Experience
    • Anatomy and Physiology
  • program typical course work

    This program includes the following courses:

    • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
      • Animal Care Skills
      • Animal Diseases
      • Animal Management
      • Animal Nursing
      • Animal Parasitology
      • Comparative Anatomy
      • Emergency Animal Care
      • Introduction to Animal Science
      • Laboratory Animal Methods
      • Small Animal Diseases
      • Veterinary Clinical Pathology
      • Veterinary Clinical Techniques and Instruments
      • Veterinary Dentistry
      • Veterinary Pharmacology
      • Veterinary Radiography

    related programs

    Some related programs would be:

    • Anatomy
    • Anesthesiologist Assisting
    • Animal Grooming
    • Animal Physiology
    • Healthcare Assisting and Technology
    • Medical Assisting
    • Medical Secretarial Studies
    • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
    • Veterinary Medicine
    • Veterinary Sciences

    schools that offer my program of study

    Some schools that offer this program:

    Ridgewater College - Hutchinson

    Ridgewater College - Willmar

    Rochester Community and Technical College

    college choice

    Ridgewater - willmar

    College info

    • Size and Location - It is located in Willmar Minnesota. There are about 4,177 students that attend.
    • Admission Requirements - You need to have your high school diploma or GED. This specific program requires you to have a year of both Chemistry and Biology with a C average. You also need to take the accuplacer assessment or an ACT score of 24 and above to have the testing waived.
    • College Expenses - Tuition is 5,390. Books and supplies are around $900 a year.
    • Financial Aid - Like most colleges there are scholarships. There are also loans, student employment, and veteran's benefits.
    • Housing - There isn't any housing provided.
    • Activites - There are some sports offered and there are clubs as well. There are choral groups , drama groups, and student government.

    Informational Interview

    Briefly record your thoughts and feelings about the workplace and the person you just visited.

    The work place seems like a great enviroment to work in. It is a small place and everyone is friendly.

    What did you learn in the interview?

    I learned that in this job you have to be very flexible because there are many tasks you have to do during the day.

    What did you like? What didn't you like?

    I liked knowing that I would get to be with animals all day but I dislike the pay.

    Did you uncover concerns or advantages to this occupation?

    I am concered about the money that I will make. The advantages would be just being with animals all day.

    What advice did you receive?

    She told me to come visit her again to do a job shadow so that I know for sure that is what I want to do.

    Did you discover another occupation to explore?

    No mostly just just other jobs that vet techs preform.

    How was the work environment?

    Everyone is very flexible and everyone is is very friendly and happy.

    Do you think you would be happy in this occupation?

    Yes, I think I would be very happy there.

    plans to reach your goal

    I know that if I take lots of science and math classes it will put me on track to get to where I need to go.