Career Details

Veterinary Technician


Career Overview

Veterinary technologists/technicians assist veterinarians with the diagnosis and treatment of sick or injured animals. This may include bathing, restraining, and euthanizing animals. :( It also may involve taking samples of blood, urine, or tissue and analyzing them in the lab.


Completing a college program in veterinary technology is required – a two-year program is required for technicians, and a four-year bachelor’s degree program for technologists. In addition, students may be required to pass a licensure exam after graduation.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$23,000 /yr
$34,000 /yr
$50,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Biology
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter!
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

Veterinary technologists/technicians generally work in animal hospitals, clinics, zoos, shelters, and pharmaceutical companies. The work environment can be physically and emotionally demanding. You must be willing to get dirty to do this job!


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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