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Veterinary technicians assist veterinarians in many ways. Their responsibilities include laking X-rays; performing laboratory tests; obtaining and recording information about cases; and preparing animals, instruments, equipment, and medication for examination and surgery. Technicians/technologists may also manage an office and coordinate hospital care.
Veterinary technicians/technologists work in private veterinary centers, diagnostic and research laboratories, veterinary supply businesses, schools of veterinary medicine, and other areas dealing with animal care.
Employment of veterinary technologists and technicians is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment will grow as more veterinarians utilize technicians and technologists to do general care and lab work, and as they continue to replace lower skilled veterinary assistants.
The course of formal study entails at least two academic years, leading to an Associate in Applied Science or equivalent degree, with 4-year degrees available at some institutions. Veterinary technicians are trained through an accredited technical associate degree program in the community college system. Veterinary technologists are trained through an accredited baccalaureate degree program in a 4·year college or university.
Licensure is not required in the slate of Connecticut.
American Veterinary Medical Association
1931 N Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173
The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America
PO Box 1227
Albert Lea, MN 56007