Vet Tech Job Description –
Very much like a nurse does for a doctor, Veterinary Technologists and technicians do for a Veterinarian. Help treat, diagnose the injuries and illnesses of animals.
Vet Tech duties include:
- Provide nursing care or emergency first aid to recovering or injured animals
- Administer treatments, medications, vaccines as prescribed by the Veterinarian
- Collect laboratory samples such as blood, urine, etc., for testing
- Perform laboratory tests
- Take and develop X-Rays
- Administer anesthesia to animals
- Prepare animals and instruments for surgery
- Observe behavior and condition of animals
- Monitor and record animal patients cases
Differences between Veterinary Technologist and Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Technologist has a 4 year bachelor degree and often does more research related work with a scientist in an advanced laboratory setting conducting biomedical research and more.
Veterinary Technician has a 2 year associates degree and works usually within private clinics with a Veterinarian and pet owners. Although many clinics focus on cats and dogs, some care for farm animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, and pigs, while others treat other domestic specialties like birds, pet rodents and reptiles.
Some veterinary focuses may include zoological medicine, dental, cosmetic, surgical, or emergency/critical care.
Qualities and Considerations of a Veterinary Technologist or Technician
~ Kindness, Compassion, Patience for the pets as well as their owners
~ Interpersonal Skills – from communicating with the Veterinarian, supervisors and staff to the pets themselves, many Veterinary Technicians counsel pet owners about nutrition, home-care and pet behavior.
Physical Considerations – Animals come in all sizes and tempermants. Being able to handle a large dog or a delicate pet bird takes skill. Also handling lab equipment, sharp medical instruments and intricate tasks such as giving anesthesia, dental work all require a steady hand.
~ Emotional Considerations – Working with animals may involve witnessing the abused, abandoned, tragically wounded, and some may even need to be euthanized.
~ Injuries and Health Considerations – Animals can be unpredictable, scared, aggressive. Veterinary Technicians and Technologies have a higher injury rate due to scratches, bites, kicks and struggles with animals while holding, restraining, nursing or cleaning.
Veterinary Technicians and Technologists will work with Veterinarians at animal hospitals, private clinics, research laboratories, zoos and farms. Due to the increasing demand for quality accessible pet care, many facilities provide 24 hour services. Working evenings, weekends and holidays is standard for this industry.