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Transcript of Vet Technician
Prepare animals and instruments for surgery.Administer medications, vaccines, and treatments prescribed by a veterinarian.Collect and record patients’ case histories. Associates- Two year degree program.
-People interested in becoming a veterinary technologist or technician should take high school classes in biology, other sciences, and math. Veterinary technicians typically work in private clinics, laboratories, and animal hospitals. Some work in boarding kennels, animal shelters, rescue leagues, and zoos.
Their jobs may be physically or emotionally demanding. For example, they may witness abused animals or may need to help euthanize sick, injured, or unwanted animals.Veterinary technicians can experience a rate of injuries and illnesses that is much higher than the national average.When working with scared or aggressive animals, they may be bitten, scratched, or kicked. Injuries may happen while the technician is holding, cleaning, or restraining an animal. Compassion. Veterinary technologists and technicians must treat animals with kindness and must be sensitive when dealing with the owners of sick pets.
Detail oriented. Veterinary technologists and technicians must pay attention to details and be precise when recording information, doing diagnostic tests, and administering medication. They must monitor the behavior and condition of animals and be able to recognize any problems that arise.
Interpersonal skills. Veterinary technologists and technicians spend a substantial amount of their time communicating with supervisors, animal owners, and other staff. In addition, a growing number of technicians counsel pet owners on animal behavior and nutrition.
Manual dexterity. Dexterity is important for veterinary technologists and technicians because they must handle animals, medical instruments, and laboratory equipment with care. They also do intricate tasks, such as dental work, giving anesthesia, and taking x rays, which require a steady hand. Important Qualities Vet Technicians Pay In May 2011 vet technicians earned an average annual wage of $31,570, or $15.18 an hour. The best-paid 10 percent could earn $44,740 or more, the equivalent of $21.51 an hour, while the lowest-paid 10 percent could earn $20,880 or less, the equivalent of $10.04 an hour.