Veterinary Technician at VCA Animal Hospital Salary
A Veterinary Technician at VCA Animal Hospital earns an average wage of $14.53 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. For the first five to ten years in this position, wages increase modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
|Hourly Rate||$10.29 - $18.67|
|Overtime||$14.33 - $31.09|
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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).)
|$22,307 - $43,313|
Job Description for Veterinary Technician
A veterinary technician is responsible for charting medical data such as the animal's weight, eating habits, symptoms, or any other concerns the owner may have. The information taken by the technician is given to the veterinarian to help them effectively make a diagnosis. The veterinarian technician also helps keep the animal calm while it is being examined by the vet and secure the animal while the veterinarian administers any shots or other required treatments. The veterinarian technician also handles laboratory and diagnostic testing such as urine, stool, and blood samples; they also may administer certain medicines and explain their uses, benefits, and potential side effects to owners.Read More...
Other veterinary technician duties include prepping the animal for surgery, taking x-rays, inserting an IV, administering anesthesia, assisting in surgeries, and monitoring animals' post-surgical recovery. They also keep owners informed of how the procedure went and how their animal did during and after their procedure. They must be empathetic and able to listen to pet owners' concerns and questions.
Veterinary technicians may work in a private clinic or animal hospital, but they also work in environments such as research laboratories, zoos ,and animal rescues or shelters. Most veterinary technicians work full time, and it’s possible that their schedules could be irregular depending on the clinic; some veterinary clinics are open evenings and weekends, and some are even open 24 hours a day. An associate’s degree typically is required for a veterinary technician. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Veterinary Technician Tasks
- Care for animals, including monitoring their behavior, administering medications or vaccines and first aid.
- Conduct diagnostic tests, prepare medications, and log all activities.
- Collect samples and perform laboratory tests to detect pathogens, illness, or disease.
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