Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

Last updated December 31, 2014

Veterinary technologists and technicians don’t go through the many years of medical and scientific training that veterinarians do, but they work just as closely with animals.

Much like nurses who help doctors during surgeries and make sure that patients are comfortable, veterinary techs assist veterinarians. They do so in a variety of ways, from vaccinating dogs and x-raying cats to sterilizing medical instruments and cleaning cages.

Veterinary technologists and technicians help veterinarians provide medical care to animals and run veterinary practices. Veterinary technologists also work in research laboratories with scientists.

Did You Know?

Many veterinarians started out as vet techs. The experience you'll gain on the job is great preparation for vet school.

Are You Ready To...?

  • Hold a cat absolutely still during an examination
  • Work as part of a close team
  • Risk getting bitten, scratched, or kicked by an upset animal

It Helps To Be...

Organized, attentive, responsible, compassionate, and able to work as part of a team and communicate with a wide variety of people.

Make High School Count

  • Take as many science, math, and biology courses as you can.
  • Get to know your pet’s veterinarian and ask lots of questions.
  • Volunteer at a local animal shelter, vet's office, zoo, stable, or even farm. Get as much hands-on experience with animals as possible.
  • Intern at a research lab or veterinary clinic.

Did You Know?

Dental cleanings, often performed by vet techs, have become more popular as owners learn how important dental care is for pets.