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What Is a Veterinary Technician?

Dec 05, 2008

A veterinary technician is someone who assists a vet with taking care of animals that come through an animal hospital or clinic. They may be responsible for feeding, cleaning cages, grooming, administering medication, helping with diagnostic treatment, holding animals for X-rays, and more. People who become veterinary technicians generally have a love for animals.

While some vet offices may be willing to hire someone with no experience or training, in general most employers will want someone who has completed a veterinary technician program. These programs can take two to four years, and at completion you will be expected to write and pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam. You can also choose to specialize in a certain area – such as critical care or equine medicine if you wish.

The average salary for a veterinary technician is $28,900. There are many opportunities to advance in this field and it is expected that there will be a shortage of veterinary technicians between now and 2018.

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