Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
SOC: 29-2056.00

Description:

Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
95,600 employed

Projected (2024):
113,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Animal Health Technician
  • Animal Technician
  • Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Emergency Veterinary Technician
  • Internal Medicine Veterinary Technician
  • Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)
  • Medical Technologist
  • Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
  • Surgery Technician (Surgery Tech)
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Veterinary Laboratory Technician (Veterinary Lab Tech)
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Veterinary Surgery Technician
  • Veterinary Surgery Technologist
  • Veterinary Technician (Vet Tech)
  • Veterinary X-Ray Operator
  • X Ray Operator


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Administer anesthesia to animals, under the direction of a veterinarian, and monitor animals' responses to anesthetics so that dosages can be adjusted.
  • Care for and monitor the condition of animals recovering from surgery.
  • Prepare and administer medications, vaccines, serums, or treatments, as prescribed by veterinarians.
  • Perform laboratory tests on blood, urine, or feces, such as urinalyses or blood counts, to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems.
  • Administer emergency first aid, such as performing emergency resuscitation or other life saving procedures.
  • Collect, prepare, and label samples for laboratory testing, culture, or microscopic examination.
  • Clean and sterilize instruments, equipment, or materials.
  • Provide veterinarians with the correct equipment or instruments, as needed.
  • Fill prescriptions, measuring medications and labeling containers.
  • Prepare animals for surgery, performing such tasks as shaving surgical areas.
  • Take animals into treatment areas and assist with physical examinations by performing such duties as obtaining temperature, pulse, and respiration data.
  • Observe the behavior and condition of animals and monitor their clinical symptoms.
  • Take and develop diagnostic radiographs, using x-ray equipment.
  • Maintain laboratory, research, or treatment records, as well as inventories of pharmaceuticals, equipment, or supplies.
  • Give enemas and perform catheterizations, ear flushes, intravenous feedings, or gavages.
  • Prepare treatment rooms for surgery.
  • Maintain instruments, equipment, or machinery to ensure proper working condition.
  • Perform dental work, such as cleaning, polishing, or extracting teeth.
  • Clean kennels, animal holding areas, surgery suites, examination rooms, or animal loading or unloading facilities to control the spread of disease.
  • Provide information or counseling regarding issues such as animal health care, behavior problems, or nutrition.
  • Provide assistance with animal euthanasia and the disposal of remains.
  • Dress and suture wounds and apply splints or other protective devices.
  • Perform a variety of office, clerical, or accounting duties, such as reception, billing, bookkeeping, or selling products.
  • Bathe animals, clip nails or claws, and brush or cut animals' hair.
  • Conduct specialized procedures, such as animal branding or tattooing or hoof trimming.
  • Maintain controlled drug inventory and related log books.
  • Supervise or train veterinary students or other staff members.
  • Monitor medical supplies and place orders when inventory is low.
  • Restrain animals during exams or procedures.
  • Discuss medical health of pets with clients, such as post-operative status.
  • Schedule appointments and procedures for animals.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adult Magill forceps
  • Adult non-rebreather oxygen masks
  • Adult stylets
  • Aerosol nebulizers
  • Airway suction units
  • Ambu bags
  • Ambulances
  • Anesthesia syringes
  • Animal capture nets
  • Animal catching poles
  • Animal electrocardiograph ECG units
  • Animal nail trimmers
  • Animal snares
  • Anti shock garments
  • Arterial line catheters
  • Artificial airway holders
  • Automated chemistry analyzers
  • Automated diluters
  • Balling guns
  • Battery-powered portable suction units
  • Benchtop centrifuges
  • Bite gloves
  • Blood collection syringes
  • Blood gas analyzers
  • Blood pressure recorders
  • Blood tubes
  • Bovine tail restraints
  • Bulb syringes
  • Capture rifles
  • Cardboard splints
  • Cardiac monitors
  • Cattle chutes
  • Child oxygen masks
  • Coagulation analyzers
  • Computed tomography CT scanners
  • Cricothyrotomy kits
  • Curved adult blades
  • Curved pediatric blades
  • Dart guns
  • Dehorners
  • Dental explorers
  • Dental handpieces
  • Dental probes
  • Desktop computers
  • Differential blood cell counters
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital veterinary thermometers
  • Digital x ray equipment
  • Electric animal clippers
  • Electrocardiography EKG units
  • Electronic animal scales
  • Electronic blood cell counters
  • Electrosurgery units
  • Endotracheal ET tubes
  • Enema equipment
  • Enteral feeding equipment
  • Epi-pens
  • Esophageal intubation detection devices
  • Esophageal tracheal airway devices
  • Evacuated blood collection tubes
  • External pacers
  • Fixed-oxygen equipment
  • Fixed-suction equipment
  • Gas sterilizers
  • Glucometers
  • Handheld refractometers
  • Head halters
  • Head immobilization devices
  • Hemocytometers
  • Hoof picks
  • Hoof trimmers
  • Humidification equipment
  • Hypodermic needles
  • Hypodermic syringes
  • Infant oxygen masks
  • Infusion sets
  • Interlink syringe cannulas
  • Intraosseous kits
  • Intravenous IV administration sets
  • Intravenous IV cannulas
  • Intravenous IV pressure infusers
  • Intravenous IV pumps
  • Laboratory mechanical convection incubators
  • Laboratory scales
  • Laptop computers
  • Laryngoscopes
  • Lead aprons
  • Lead gloves
  • Lead thyroid collars
  • Limb restraints
  • Linear accelerator equipment
  • Long arm boards
  • Magnetic resonance imaging MRI systems
  • Manual darkroom developing equipment
  • Mechanical intermittent positive pressure ventilators
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical anti-shock trousers MAST
  • Microhematocrit centrifuges
  • Microscope slides
  • Multi-level wheeled cots
  • Multiple dose syringes
  • Muzzles
  • Nasopharyngeal airways
  • Nebulizers
  • Nose tongs
  • Notebook computers
  • Obstetrical OB kits
  • One-way valve pocket masks
  • Ophthalmic tonometers
  • Ophthalmoscopes
  • Optical compound microscopes
  • Osmometers
  • Otoscopes
  • Oxygen administration equipment
  • Oxygen nasal cannulae
  • Periodontal curettes
  • Personal computers
  • Portable cardiac monitors
  • Portable oxygen equipment
  • Portable veterinary x ray equipment
  • Preload syringes
  • Prophylaxis angles
  • Protective face shields
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Radiation detecting film badges
  • Respiration monitors
  • Resuscitation devices
  • Rigid splints
  • Ring cutters
  • Saline locks
  • Scalp vein needles
  • Semiautomated or automatic external defibrillators AED
  • Short arm boards
  • Sledgehammers
  • Specimen collection containers
  • Splints
  • Squeeze cages
  • Stair chairs
  • Stationary veterinary x ray equipment
  • Steam autoclaves
  • Straight adult blades
  • Straight pediatric blades
  • Stretchers
  • Surgical calipers
  • Surgical retractors
  • Surgical scalpels
  • Suture needles
  • Suture scissors
  • Tablet computers
  • Telemetry units
  • Tourniquets
  • Transtracheal jet insufflators
  • Triage tags
  • Ultrasonic blood pressure monitors
  • Ultrasonic dental scalers
  • Ultrasonic instrument cleaners
  • Urinary catheters
  • Vacutainer adapters
  • Vacuum autoclaves
  • Venoject needles
  • Veterinary anesthesia machines
  • Veterinary dental x ray equipment
  • Veterinary emasculators
  • Veterinary immersion hydrotherapy equipment
  • Veterinary oral specula
  • Veterinary patient warming systems
  • Veterinary suction equipment
  • Veterinary ultrasound equipment
  • Veterinary vaginal specula
  • Vial access cannulas
  • Wall-mounted oxygen regulators
  • X ray cassettes
  • X ray film processors
  • X ray intensifying equipment
  • X ray patient positioning equipment
  • Animal Intelligence Software Animal Intelligence
  • FileMaker Pro software
  • McAllister Software Systems AVImark
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Veterinary practice management software PMS
  • Web browser software


  • healthcare practitioners and technical


    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800