Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
What Veterinary Technologists and Technicians Do
Veterinary technologists and
technicians perform medical tests under the supervision of a licensed
veterinarian to assist in diagnosing the injuries and illnesses of animals.
Veterinary technologists and technicians work in private clinics, laboratories,
and animal hospitals.
How to Become a Veterinary Technologist or Technician
Veterinary technologists and technicians must complete a postsecondary program in veterinary technology. Technologists need a 4-year bachelor’s degree, and technicians need a 2-year associate’s degree. Typically, both technologists and technicians must take a credentialing exam and must become registered, licensed, or certified, depending on the requirements of the state in which they work.
Pay - Job Outlook
The median annual wage for veterinary technologists and technicians was $31,800 in May 2015. Employment of veterinary technologists and technicians is projected to grow 19 percent by 2024.