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How Do Veterinary Technicians Help Animals?

Veterinary technicians provide direct support to veterinarians for the veterinary care of animals. Veterinary technicians help the veterinarian with different job tasks to help promote the overall well-being of animals. Some of the various job tasks of a veterinary technician include:

  • Perform medical tests
  • Treat and diagnose medical conditions in animals
  • Record patients' history
  • Expose and develop x-rays
  • Provide nursing care
  • Help with dental care
  • Discuss the pets' medical condition

Vet techs can specialize in small animal care, such as dogs and cats, or they can specialize in treatment of larger animals, such as cows and horses. Most veterinary practices do not care for both large and small animals, so most vet techs only help certain animals.

Work Environment

Although a vet tech is there for the care of pets, the job can be physically demanding as well as dangerous. As a vet tech, you have a lot of interaction with animals that can sometimes lead to scratches or bites. Veterinary technicians also need to be careful when working with animals in order to prevent injuries. Veterinary technicians also have a emotionally stressful job because of the exposure to animals that are old, injured, or abused.

Veterinary Technician Schools

Veterinary technician schools can help prepare you to become a veterinary technician. In order to become a vet tech, you will need a two year associate's degree that can be obtained at veterinary technician schools. Attending a veterinary technician degree program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association qualifies you to take a state licensing exam, which is required in all 50 states. If you are interested in working in a research setting, you may consider a vet tech program that may prepare you to pursue a American Association for Laboratory Animal Science certification.

Whether your interests lie in caring for small pets or treating large farm animals, vet tech training can help you enter this rewarding field.


     
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    • Programmatic accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and the American Veterinary Association (AVMA).
    • Programs include an externship, allowing students to gain field experience.
    • Institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
    • 13 campuses located across Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington, with online options.
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    • Programmatic accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and the American Veterinary Association (AVMA).
    • Programs include an externship, allowing students to gain field experience.
    • Institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
    • 13 campuses located across Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington, with online options.
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    • Helping students prepare for careers in healthcare since 1967.
    • All health programs include an externship, clinical rotation and/or fieldwork practice, for student experience.
    • Institutional accreditation provided by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
    • Provides programs in medical billing, massage therapy, veterinary assisting, dental assisting, and more. 
    • 10 campuses across Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, and Washington.
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    • Helping students prepare for careers in healthcare since 1967.
    • All health programs include an externship, clinical rotation and/or fieldwork practice, for student experience.
    • Institutional accreditation provided by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
    • Provides programs in medical billing, massage therapy, veterinary assisting, dental assisting, and more. 
    • 10 campuses across Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, and Washington.
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    • Family-owned and operated since opening in 1977.
    • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
    • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
    • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
    • 12 campuses across California, with an online division as well.
    • Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), with programmatic accreditation from several organizations, including the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
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    • Family-owned and operated since opening in 1977.
    • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
    • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
    • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
    • 12 campuses across California, with an online division as well.
    • Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), with programmatic accreditation from several organizations, including the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
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