Home > Blog > Should I train to work as a Veterinary Technician?
by Raja Tahir on April 27, 2018 · 9:00 am
Do you enjoy working with animals as much as people? Do you want a career that has a mix of medicine, compassion, and dedication? Do you want to be the link between the veterinarian, animal, and client? If so, then becoming a veterinarian technician may be the right career path for you.
Veterinary technicians assist in diagnosing animal illnesses and injuries by performing medical tests under the supervision and guidance of a licensed veterinarian. According to U.S. News & World Report, veterinary technicians are tasked with handling lab work, nursing care, radiology, assisting in surgeries and many other tasks related to animal health care. A veterinary technician is essentially what a nurse is to a doctor.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), veterinary technicians typically do the following:
According to U.S. News & World Support, veterinary technologists and technicians ranked #20 in Best Health Care Support Jobs. This ranking is based on factors such as salary, job market, future growth, stress, and work-life balance.
In addition, employment of veterinary technologists and technicians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the BLS. With the increase in the number of households with pets, as well as spending on pets, there is going to be an increase in the demand for veterinary technicians to perform lab work and other services on household pets.
Also, in California, the demand and pay for veterinary techs is very promising and is among the best in the United States. The BLS shows that California has the second highest employment level with 9,070 estimated jobs, and also ranks fourth in pay, with an annual mean wage of $39,410.
Veterinary technicians will usually work in animal hospitals and private clinics. They may also be working at colleges, universities, humane societies, and laboratories, the BLS reports.
Working with animals can be very rewarding but it’s also hard work. The work of a veterinary technician isn’t as glamorous as it might seem. Picking up feces and getting urinated on by animals is something that vet techs will have to get used to.
According to The Balance, you may be bitten or injured by a frightened or aggressive animal. You’ll also have to work with abused and severely injured animals and help veterinarians when they euthanize animals. Since many clinics and labs are staffed 24 hours a day, vet techs are expected to be able to work evenings, weekends, or holidays.
There are also important qualities that vet techs must possess. According to the BLS, these qualities are:
If you’re looking for a career where you get to play with animals, then this isn’t the career choice for you. Being a veterinary technician is for those with a real commitment to taking care of animals and isn’t something to be taken lightly.
According to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, most states require a passing score on the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) in order for a veterinary technician to be credentialed. In the state of California, you must pass both the Veterinary Technician National Examination and the California Veterinary Technician Examination.
The Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) is an exam administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. The California Veterinary Medical Board administers the state veterinary technician examination, licensure, and continuing education. Exams are computer-based and administered throughout the state.
You will need to have at least 4,416 hours of practical experience under the direct supervision of a California-licensed veterinarian in order to qualify for the Veterinary Technician National Examination. 20 hours of continuing education (CE) are required annually to keep your license current. 16 of the 20 hours must be taken from approved CE providers; four hours can be accomplished through self-study.
In order to become a Veterinary Technician, the first step is to enroll in a veterinary technology program at an accredited college or university.
SJVC’s Veterinary Technology program can train you to help animals. Our in-depth training covers all areas of animal patient care, from lab tests to radiology and surgical procedures.
Students in SJVC’s program can earn a Certificate of Completion in approximately 10 months. Our Veterinary Technology graduates can apply for licensure by meeting all of the Veterinary Medical Board requirements, including 4,416 hours of practical experience under the direct supervision of a California licensed veterinarian. Candidates must also submit all SJVC course outlines to the Veterinary Medical Board.
Request more information or call 866-544-7898 to speak with an admissions advisor about SJVC’s Veterinary Technology Program.
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