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
While not commonly seen, Veterinary Technologists who transition into an Associate Veterinarian position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Associate Veterinarians is $73K per year. It is more probable, however, that Veterinary Technologists become Veterinary Technicians or Veterinarians.
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Veterinary Technologists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Phlebotomy, Critical Care, Surgery, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Medicine / Surgery are similarly competent in Critical Care. The majority of those who know Anesthesia also know Radiology, Critical Care, and Surgery.
Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Technologist / Technician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average beginner in this position makes around $28K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $32K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Veterinary Technologists make a median salary of $35K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $34K.
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