Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Hourly Rate

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 105 Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) votes.
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.73 - $19.44  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$15.71 - $30.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$100.50 - $2,838  
   
Commission
$180.00  
Profit Sharing
$700  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,533 - $42,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 846

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Job Description for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

A certified veterinarian technician assists in the caring for animal patients. They have a wide range of duties, from keeping medical records to giving shots and medication, and generally work with veterinarians [and occasionally scientists] similarly to how nurses work with doctors. They generally work in private practices, 24-hour pet hospitals, animal shelters, and laboratories, but may also work in zoos, racetracks, boarding kennels, or rescue agencies.

CVTs are always working with animals, but may specialize in veterinary internal medicine, zoo keeping, avian medicine, dentistry, exotic animals, large or small animals, clinic supervision, or surgery. Basic duties of the job include observing animal patients for changes in their behavior, preparing them for exams or surgery, collecting and testing lab samples, taking and developing X-rays, giving medications, shots, or other treatments, and collecting and maintaining patient records.

CVTs normally work long hours, including evenings and weekends.

To become a certified veterinary technician, one must have good communication skills, attention to detail, and, of course, a love for animals. Applicants should have a degree in Veterinary Technology, preferably from a program that is approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Applicants should also acquire a license through the Veterinary Technician National Examination.
Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Tasks
  • Interact with owners and animals to collect and convey information.
  • Perform imaging and diagnostic tests and interpret results.
  • Administer vaccines and medications, dress wounds, and perform dental cleanings.
  • Assist with procedures and examinations.
  • Provide paperwork and summaries to owners and veterinaries.

Key Stats

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %
Hourly Rate
$11 - $17
Hourly Rate
$11 - $18

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%

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