Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

$34.42K Median Salary 10.7K Job Openings (Annual Projection) 20% Job Growth

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About This Career

Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.

Reported Job Titles

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), Emergency Veterinary Technician, Internal Medicine Veterinary Technician, Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), Medical Technologist, Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), Veterinary Assistant, Veterinary Laboratory Technician (Veterinary Lab Tech), Veterinary Nurse, Veterinary Technician (Vet Tech)

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Laryngoscopes or accessoriesNebulizer or accessoriesAnimal husbandry equipmentEmergency medical services suction units or accessoriesAnimal catching devicesMedical x ray units for general diagnostic useMedical oxygen masks or partsMedical syringe with needleIntravenous infusion pumps for general useMedical gas cylinders or related devicesEmergency response litters or stretchers or accessoriesMedical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapesNeedleless vial or bag withdrawal cannulas or adapters or decantersOrthopedic splint systemsIntravenous or arterial arm boardsVeterinary speculumsCardiac output CO monitoring units or accessoriesHypodermic injection apparatus or accessoriesOphthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope setsAir rifles or air handgunsVeterinary nail trimmers or cuttersVeterinary injection or suction units or accessoriesMedical x ray darkroom equipment or suppliesSteam autoclaves or sterilizersManual or electronic hematology differential cell countersRestraintsMedical x ray film or cassetteMedical x ray intensifying screensMobile or transportable medical linear acceleratorsSurgical calipers or rulersAutomated external defibrillators AED or hard paddlesNeedleless intravenous injection syringe set or injection cannulaIntermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machinesGlucose monitors or metersVeterinary blood pressure testersChemical or gas sterilizersGas anesthesia apparatusCardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-PCages or its accessoriesMedical aspiration or irrigation syringesPulse oximeter unitsMicrocentrifugesMedical computed tomography CT or CAT scanners or tubesBlood collection needleFinger ring removersDental probesCardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR protective shields or masksFull body immersion hydrotherapy baths or tanksForced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubatorsLaboratory balancesLaboratory dilutersEnteral feeding administration setsEmergency medical services triage tagsEsophageal tubesMedical radiation films or badgesIntravenous or arterial cannulas or accessoriesMedical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic useUltrasonic cleaning equipmentNasopharyngeal tubesEmergency medical service intravenous IV kitEmergency resuscitator or aspirator kitsMedical acoustic stethoscope or accessoryResuscitation masks or accessoriesNotebook computersAnti shock garmentsExtremity restraintsMedical radiological positioning aids for general radiological useEnema kits or accessoriesEndotracheal tubesHandheld refractometers or polarimetersVeterinary castration instrumentsSurgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessoriesHypodermic needleIntubation styletsElectrosurgical or electrocautery equipmentProtective glovesIntravenous or arterial tubing adapters or connectors or locks or caps or protectorsEmergency medical services tracheal tube or cricothyrotomy kitsIntravenous tubing with catheter administration kitsDental hand pieces or accessoriesIntubation forcepsMedical radiological shielding glovesTherapeutic heating or cooling units or systemsVeterinary electrocardiograph ECGRespiratory monitoring kits or its accessoriesDental finishing or polishing discsSledge hammerUrinary catheterization kitEmergency medical services obstetrics kitsAnimal weighing scalesMedical staff isolation or surgical masksDental scalers or accessoriesSurgical retractors for general useVacuum blood collection tubes or containersPatient stretchers or stretcher accessoriesButterfly needlesBlood pressure recording unitsAnalgesic infusion sets or kitsFlow sensors or regulators or componentsChemistry analyzersDental x ray unitsIntubation gauges or guidesNon vacuum blood collection tubes or containersSuture removersHarnesses or its accessoriesEmergency medical services head immobilizersOphthalmic tonometers or accessoriesSpecimen collection containerOxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its suppliesVeterinary clinical thermometersMedical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scannersBinocular light compound microscopesMedical nasal cannulaeAnimal shearing or clipping equipmentOxygen insufflator or its accessoriesElectrocardiography EKG transmitter or telemetry or accessoriesMuzzlesArterial line cathetersMicroscope slidesElectrocardiography EKG unitsAmbulancesBenchtop centrifugesTourniquetsDigital camerasHemocytometersBlood gas analyzersSuture needlesBlood collection syringesDesktop computersOsmometersPersonal computersPeriodontal curettesArtificial airway holdersTablet computersCoagulation analyzers