Career Research Project
By: Jodi More
The Career of a Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Technicians are responsible for the health and well being of animals while they are in the care of the pet clinic or hospital.
They work under the supervision of the Veterinarian helping them carry out tasks such as scrubbing in on a surgery, restraining animals so the Veterinarian can work with ease, run tests, if need be euthanize an animal, they are also responsible for explaining to the animal's owner about it's condition and possible actions they could take to healing or protect from any possible diseases such as vaccinations.
Veterinary Technicians are considered to be Nurses for animals of all kinds.
Career Skills and Abilities
Communication skills. They spend a large amount of their time communicating with supervisors, animal owners, and other staff and counsel pet owners on animal behavior and nutrition.
Compassion. They must treat animals with kindness and must be sensitive when dealing with the owners of sick pets.
Detail oriented. They must pay attention to details and be exact recording information, performing diagnostic tests, and giving medication so nothing goes wrong in any way.
Manual dexterity. They must handle animals, medical instruments, and laboratory equipment with care. They also do difficult tasks, such as dental work, giving anesthesia, and taking x rays, which require a steady hand.
Problem-solving skills. Last but not least they need strong problem-solving skills in order to identify injuries and illnesses and offer the correct treatment.
Career Working Conditons
Veterinary Technicians tend to work in private clinics, laboratories, and animal hospitals. They might also work in boarding kennels, animal shelters, rescue leagues, and zoos.
This job may be physically and emotionally demanding. They may witness abused animals or may need to help euthanize sick, injured, or unwanted animals.It is possible for them to be exposed to hazardous situations, on occasion they will go on call to the owners house to care for check up on the animal.
Career Wages and Outlook
Career Related Occupations
Animal Care and Service Workers
Animal care and service workers provide care for animals. They feed, water, groom, bathe, and exercise pets and other nonfarm animals.
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
Medical laboratory technologists and medical laboratory technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances.
Radiologic and MRI Technologists
Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x rays, on patients. MRI technologists operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to create diagnostic images.
Nursing Assistants and Orderlies
Nursing assistants and orderlies help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.
Surgical technologists, also called operating room technicians, assist in surgical operations. They prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors during surgeries.
Veterinarians care for the health of animals and work to improve public health. They diagnose, treat, and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and other animals.
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers look after animals in laboratories, animal hospitals, and clinics. They care for the well-being of animals by performing routine tasks under the supervision of veterinarians, scientists, and veterinary technologists and technicians.
Program of Study- Veterinary Technician
The Veterinary Technician program includes courses that offer in-depth study in nursing skills, laboratory procedures, equine medicine and nursing, and livestock animals, as well as lab animal and exotic animal medicine.
A high school diploma is required also in addition, students applying to the Veterinary Technology program are required to complete one year of equivalent high school biology and chemistry, earning a grade of C (2.0 GPA) or higher in each. Applicants must complete the college placement test with specific minimum achievement scores:
Reading - 78
Sentence skills - 70
Math - 56
Typical Program Course Work
Here are a few classes they will require you to take to complete your degree...
Canine and Feline Clinical Management
Large Animal Medicine
Principles of Anethesia
Understanding Animal Disease
Veterinary Office Management
Schools That Offer The Program Of Study
Rochester Community and Technical College- Rochester,MN
University of Minnesota- Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN
The basic requirement is a high school diploma or GED.
Completion and submission of a standard application form.
Submission of a $20 application/records fee. This fee is required and should be attached to the application for admission.
Tuition & Fees $5,400
Semester Tuition $2,695
Part-Time Tuition (Credit/hr) $161
Books & Supplies $1,100
Total Cost of Attendance $6,490
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