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Veterinary technician is the fastest-growing job in the nation for those with an associate degree. America’s Career Infonet projects job openings will grow at an incredible 52 percent nationwide over the next several years. High growth is considered 10 percent or higher.
What Does a Veterinary Technician Do?
Technologists and technicians usually begin work as trainees in positions under the direct supervision of a veterinarian.
Job Abilities and Skills
Successful vet techs should have:
Job Locations and Working Conditions
Veterinary technicians work for:
People who love animals get satisfaction from working with and helping them, though caretaking work includes repetitive, dirty and unpleasant tasks. Veterinary technicians may clean cages and lift, hold or restrain animals, risking exposure to bites or scratches. Workers must take precautions when treating animals with germicides or insecticides. The work setting can be noisy.
Veterinary technologists who work with abused animals or who help perform euthanasia may experience emotional stress. Those working for humane societies and animal shelters often deal with the public, some of whom might react with hostility to any suggestion that owners are neglecting or abusing their pets.
In some animal hospitals, research facilities and animal shelters, a veterinary technician is on duty 24 hours a day, which means that some work night shifts. Most full-time veterinary technologists work about 40 hours a week.
Licensure and Certification
Depending on the state, candidates may become registered, licensed or certified. Commonly used terms include:
Most states use the National Veterinary Technician (NVT) exam. Prospects usually can have their passing scores transferred from one state to another, so long as both states use the same exam.Passing the state exam assures the public that the technician has sufficient knowledge to work in a veterinary clinic or hospital. The exam includes oral, written and practical portions and is regulated by the state board of veterinary examiners or the appropriate state agency.
Cedar Valley’s associate degree program graduates are eligible to take the Texas Examination for Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT) and the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). Both exams are required for registration in the state of Texas, and the VTNE is required for credentialing as a technician by several other states.
Projected Job Growth and Estimated Salaries
According to America’s Career Infonet, average salaries in Texas are: