Vet tech superheroes infographic about all the duties they have.
A veterinary technician is a certified professional in the field of veterinary technology who provides technical support for veterinarians in the process of patient care. Besides veterinarians, a vet tech is equally involved in the care of patients in veterinary hospitals and represents a valuable team member and irreplaceable asset.
The veterinary technician is the person that greets new patients in the waiting room. He/she then escorts the client and the pet to the examination room. If the veterinarian performs the physical exams the vet tech listens and takes notes, as well as taking notice of the reasons for the visit. The vet tech can also perform a physical exam and pass the information to the veterinarian afterward.
The most secure way of becoming a vet tech in the United States is by completing a veterinary technician or veterinary technology program which is accredited by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association). These programs last for two years and there around 160 of them across the US at universities, colleges, and community colleges. After completing it the students get awarded with an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. You can also attend vet tech schools online.
When a potential vet tech finishes an accredited program he/she then needs to take the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Examination). With a positive score on the exam, you get the proper vet tech certification in order to work in the field. Students that passed the VTNE are waived from taking a state-issued exam and become a certified veterinary technician, registered veterinary technician or licensed veterinary technician.
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Read more about all the duties and responsibilities of the veterinary technicians and all the ways to become one “Everything you need to know about becoming a vet tech” on our blog.