Veterinary Careers - Vet Techs

Learn About A Career As A Veterinary Technician

Working with animals requires a love of animals and the knowledge of how to work with them safely to properly take care of them. People who work as Veterinary Technicians learn the necessary handling skills and knowledge by attending veterinary technical school or by learning the skills on-the-job. What is involved in a veterinary technician career? What is the salary range for this career? Learn the answers to these questions and more here.
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    Veterinary technician monitoring a patient's vital signs © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
    Veterinary technician monitoring a patient's vital signs. © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
    Veterinary technicians also go by the term veterinary nurse and may also have the initials LVT, RVT or CVT after their name. What does it take to be a technician, and what do those letters mean? Find out in this FAQ.
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    Vet Techs At Work
    Vet Techs At Work. Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM

     Each year, the third week of October is designated National Veterinary Technician Week by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). Learn about NAVTA, the history of Vet Tech Week, and what vet techs do everyday in veterinary practice.

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    Meet Laura Sockey RVT - Ophthalmic Vet Technician

    Laura Vet Tech
    Laura Vet Tech. Laura/North Star Vets

    Laura is an Ophthalmic Technician at a busy veterinary emergency and specialty clinic. Read what her "typical day" is like.

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    Meet Jenna Stregowski RVT and Guide to Dogs

    Jenna Stregowski RVT and Chloe © J Stregowski
    Jenna Stregowski RVT and Chloe. © J Stregowski

    I interviewed Jenna Stregowski, RVT, a vet tech and fellow Dogs Expert for her perspective on veterinary technician careers.

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    Meet Lisa Randon RVT VTS (Anesthesia)

    Lisa Randon RVT VTS(Anesthesia)/ Allandale Veterinary Hospital, Canada
    Lisa Randon RVT VTS(Anesthesia) of Allandale Veterinary Hospital and "Winston," who had a fractured femur in Jamaica.
    Like veterinarians, veterinary technicians may choose to specialize in an area of medicine or surgery. In this interview, meet Lisa Randon RVT VTS (Anesthesia) of Allandale Veterinary Hospital in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Lisa has completed additional training and certification in veterinary anesthesia.
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    Meet Melissa Spooner LVT VTS (Behavior) BS KPA-CTP

    Melissa Spooner, LVT, VTS (Behavior), BS, KPA-CTP / Oakland Veterinary Referral Services
    Melissa Spooner, LVT, VTS (Behavior), BS, KPA-CTP / Oakland Veterinary Referral Services.
    In this career interview, meet Melissa Spooner LVT VTS (Behavior) BS KPA-CTP of Oakland Veterinary Referral Services. Melissa is one of only 11 Academy of Behavior techs in the US. Learn what a "typical" day is like for Melissa in a practice dedicated to veterinary behavior.
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    Vet (Tech) School Diary - Bethany

    Diaries and Journals © Getty Images
    Diaries and Journals. © Getty Images

    This article is an introduction and first post for Bethany, who was a legal assistant prior to attending vet tech school in 2005 to prepare for a career as a veterinary technician. Bethany has since graduated, and is now working as a veterinary technician in a busy practice.

    Complete listing of Vet (and Tech) School Diaries can be found in the Pre-Vet and Career forum.

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    A Day In The Life - Veterinary Careers

    Veterinary technician placing an IV catheter in a dog © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
    Veterinary technician placing an IV catheter in a dog. © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
    Are you curious about what life is like as a veterinarian or veterinary technician? What other "animal-related" careers are there for those who do not wish to pursue vet school? How is a specialty referral hospital different than an emergency clinic? Find the answers to these questions and more in these "Day In The Life" stories submitted by viewers working in various animal-related fields.
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    Veterinary Technicians - A wide range of job responsibilities and emotions

    Veterinary technicians applying a post-op bandange on a dog's leg © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
    Veterinary technicians applying a post-op bandange on a dog's leg. © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
    The life of a vet tech is often demanding; long hours, lots of lifting and lots of cleaning up of smelly substances. Not to mention the chance of getting bit or scratched while assisting the doctor with a variety of pets. Is it worth it? Does the love of animals override the demands? Is the salary adequate for the demands and responsibilities of the job? Read some opinions from viewers.
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    Veterinary Technician Salaries

    Veterinary technician scrubbing a dog's leg for surgery © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
    Veterinary technician scrubbing a dog's leg in preparation for knee surgery. © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM

    After learning about this career and reading responses and opinions from other viewers, what do you think? Can love of animals and an income commensurable with job-related experience and duties coexist?

    Viewers weigh in on the topic vet tech careers and earning potential.