Veterinary Technicians

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. Although most veterinary technicians work with domestic animals, some professional settings may require treating exotic or endangered species. There are approximately 87,870 veterinary technicians and technologists employed in the United States.

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

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