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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.
The BLS reports employment of veterinary technologists and technicians is projected to grow 15 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.
About 10,400 openings for veterinary technologists and technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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 state of Connecticut.
American Veterinary Medical Association
1931 N Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173
The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America
750 Route 202, Suite 200
Bridgewater, NJ 08807