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Vet Tech Job Overview A veterinary technician, or vet tech, works in a veterinarian’s office and provides support to ...

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Vet Tech Job Overview

A veterinary technician, or vet tech, works in a veterinarian’s office and provides support to the doctor, patients, and other staff members. Some of the job duties might include drawing blood for lab testing; providing care to animals that are ill, injured, or have undergone surgery; assisting in surgical procedures; providing radiology services; and much more. Nearly every task that occurs in a vet’s office, aside from diagnosing, prescribing, and operating, can be handled by a vet tech. Most employees in this field work in individual clinics or animal hospitals, caring for pets such as cats, dogs, birds , and reptiles.

Vet Tech Job Education Requirements

In order to qualify to work as a vet tech, an applicant typically must complete certification in animal health technology or a similar field. Only about nine percent of workers have only high school diplomas. Another common requirement is becoming a member of the Quebec Association of Animal Health Technicians (Association des techniciens en santé animale du Quebec). Those who are designated as Registered Animal Health Technicians have passed the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and completed professional development activities.

Vet Tech Job Market

The job market is increasing by nearly three percent annually, according to projections from Service Canada. This is substantially higher than the national growth rate across all industries. The increase is due in part to the growing demand for improved animal care and research, along with high rates of turnover in the field. While many applicants enter the educational programs with ideas that the job involves playing with animals all day, it is actually a physically and emotionally demanding position that requires a commitment to animal conservation, welfare, and care.

Vet Tech Job Salary Information

A vet tech earns an average salary of C$32,300 per year. About 11 percent of people working in this field earn less than C$19,999, while about 5.8 percent earn over C$50,000.

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