Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salary
Job Description for Veterinary Technologist / Technician
A veterinary technologist/technician's main task is to assist a veterinarian in the diagnosis and preparation of an animal for treatment. He or she must be able to conduct tests such as X-rays, blood work, dental scans, and medical injections. While a veterinary technologist/technician does not diagnose the animal himself or herself, he or she will work to provide the lead veterinarian with all necessary information in order to make the diagnosis. As such, a veterinary technician's work is often physically demanding, as he or she must operate heavy medical machinery as well as restrain and/or lift large animal patients. While the veterinary technician does not need to possess extensive knowledge of animal injuries and illnesses, general knowledge is preferred, and knowledge of how to work medical equipment as well as the various tests performed is required.Read More...
A veterinary technician works indoors in an animal hospital or clinic. He or she must be able to work with a wide variety of people, including the veterinarian, other veterinary technicians, and the pet owners. The job requires the mental ability to take on both a role of leadership and autonomy when conducting tests as well as that of a subordinate when taking direction from the lead veterinarian.The hours of a veterinary technician can vary greatly depending on the demands of the day and the job location. It can range from long shifts to a couple of hours daily. While veterinary school is not a requirement to become a veterinary technician, it is recommended. However, high school and college are typical requirements.
Veterinary Technologist / 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.
Common Career Paths for Veterinary Technologist / Technician
Though it's uncommon, some Veterinary Technologists move into roles as Associate Veterinarians, where pay is an average $73K per year. Becoming a Veterinary Technician or a Veterinarian is, however, a more typical career progression for Veterinary Technologists.
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Popular Skills for Veterinary Technologist / Technician
Survey results suggest that Veterinary Technologists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Phlebotomy, Critical Care, Medicine / Surgery, and Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Anesthesia are similarly competent in Radiology, Critical Care, and Surgery. Those proficient in Medicine / Surgery are, more often than not, also skilled in Critical Care.
Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Technologist / Technician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $28K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $31K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Veterinary Technologists see a median salary of $34K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $33K.
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