Veterinary Technicians

Veterinary Technician Lifts Dog After Procedure

Veterinary technicians provide support and assistance to veterinarians. They work in a variety of environments, including zoos, animal hospitals, clinics, private practices, kennels, and laboratories. Their work may involve large or small animals or both. Most veterinary technicians work with domestic animals, but some professional settings may require treating exotic or endangered species. There are approximately 95,970 veterinary technicians and technologists employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Veterinary Technologists, Zoo Veterinary Technicians
Duties Provide support and assistance to veterinarians
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Experience Completion of a veterinary clinical practicum required
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technologist
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Veterinary Assistant or Helper