• A veterinary technician supports a veterinarian by performing tasks that require extensive knowledge of veterinary tools, medicines, procedures and animal care. A veterinary tech needs to be able to function without constant supervision from the veterinarian.

    Daily Tasks

    Veterinary technicians must be able to perform routine tasks like using sterilization products to ensure equipment is clean and the checkup rooms are supplied for the next patient.

    Routine Checkups

    Veterinary technicians perform the first round of an animal's checkup by taking vital signs using a thermometer and stethoscope and by collecting and skin, blood or other samples with cotton swabs and vials for storage.


    Before surgery, veterinary technicians set up the operating room with the correct tools and then act as an assistant during surgery by keeping the animal in place with restraints or by hand and by using machines to monitor vital signs.

    Intensive Care

    Veterinary technicians record behavior of animal's in intensive care. They also administer drugs with injections, make sure the equipment is working properly and use medical bandages, scissors and ointment when removing and rewrapping dressings on wounds.

    Other Duties

    Veterinary technicians also learn how to use X-ray machines, use dental cleaning tools, insert intravenous devices and coach customers on proper animal care.


    Registered Veterinary Technician Duties

    Veterinary Technician Job Description

    Veterinary Technician

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