If you are interested in pursuing a career path in veterinary technology, there are several things you need to know, including:
A veterinary technician is a member of the veterinary healthcare team that provides technical support to the veterinarian in all aspects of animal care. They are educated to be the veterinarian’s nurse, laboratory technician, radiography technician, anesthetist, surgical nurse and client educator. There are specific duties that only a technician (not a veterinary assistant) is trained / qualified to do such as:
Other technician duties may include maintaining patient files and ordering inventory (although in some practices an office manager does these things).
To become a veterinary technician, you must be the graduate of a 2-year or 4-year program from an AVMA-accredited school. For a list of AVMA accredited schools, click here. Most states also require technicians to pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) to be considered credentialed. To find out more about credentialing, click here. Visit the AAVSB website to learn specific requirements for your state.
Although many technicians are employed in a clinical setting, there are several other options for veterinary technicians including opportunities in:
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In 1994, NAVTA developed the Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties (CVTS) due to a growing interest among veterinary technicians to attain a higher level of recognition for advanced knowledge and skills in specific disciplines. Currently, there are 11 NAVTA approved specialties. They are:
For more information on specialties, click here.