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Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

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Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.


  • Animal lovers get satisfaction from this occupation, but aspects of the work can be unpleasant, physically and emotionally demanding, and sometimes dangerous.
  • There are primarily two levels of education and training for entry to this occupation: a 2-year program for veterinary technicians and a 4-year program for veterinary technologists.
  • Employment is expected to grow much faster than average.
  • Overall job opportunities should be excellent; however, keen competition is expected for jobs in zoos and aquariums.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $30,140/yr ($15.07/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education Associates Degree