Often Vet Techs are ambitious students working their way through vet school in the hopes of becoming a veterinarian themselves. They usually work in a more technical atmosphere than the vet assistant and require a bit more training.
What You Need
Often the animals that a vet tech works with are very sick, which requires compassion as well as the strength needed to support upset owners. This is a position which benefits from someone with an aptitude for science, critical thinking skills and a complete knowledge of the equine animal inside & out.
A calm demeanor, strength of body and character and the ability to think on your feet are important characteristics of a good vet tech.
Responsible for a multitude of daily tasks around the veterinarian’s office and on location, sometimes their duties are combined with that of the vet assistant and they work closely with the vet themselves.
Handling a variety of animal temperaments
Performing physical examinations
Conducting laboratory collections & tests
Inducing & monitoring anesthesia
Performing dental prophylaxis
Preparing for & assisting during surgery
Advising & educating clients
Becoming a vet tech requires more than just a love of animals and determination, it requires schooling. Many vet schools will offer certification programs for vet tech students. Often the programs are 2-years in scope, however some universities offer a 4-year accreditation leading to higher responsibility and higher salary.
A few places to start if you are interested in a career as a veterinarian technician.
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American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians
International Veterinary Nurses & Technicians Association
National Association of Veterinary Technicians
Veterinary School Directory
Vet Tech Schools & Programs Online
Equine Manual for Veterinary Technicians
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