Licensed veterinary technicians work under the supervision of veterinarians, just as a dental technician might work under a dentist. They may work for a variety of employers, including veterinarians' offices, pet hospitals, zoos, and animal shelters. They may also work in laboratories dealing with X-rays, blood samples, and performing other lab tests.
The duties of a licensed veterinary technician may vary widely depending on their employer and the range of animals they care for. Common duties include performing exams on animals, asking owners questions about the animals' history, administering medicines prescribed by the veterinarian, and grooming the animal. They may also help with preparing for surgery and assisting the veterinarian with surgery. Some duties that may be performed by veterinary technicians that don't involve working directly with the animals include maintaining animal records, cleaning the exam rooms, and helping train new employees. Additionally, they may answer phones and help schedule appointments.
As the name implies, licensed veterinary technicians must be licensed with the state in which they practice; this generally requires postsecondary education (such as an associate's degree) in veterinary technology. Licensed veterinary technicians should have excellent communication skills, work well with animals, and be able to provide comfort and care for both animals and owners in difficult situations.
Licensed Veterinary Technician Tasks
Perform tests and administer medical treatments under supervision of a veterinarian.
May have duties explaining to patient owners the nature of treatments and procedures.
Maintain equipment within a veterinarian's laboratory.