Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
On the Job
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians perform medical tests in a laboratory environment. These tests are used to diagnose and treat illnesses in animals. They prepare tissue samples and take blood. They also clean and sterilize instruments.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Maintain medical facility records.
- Administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain.
- Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
- Administer non-intravenous medications.
- Apply bandages, dressings, or splints.
- Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments.
- Assist patients with hygiene or daily living activities.
- Immunize patients.
- Position patients for treatment or examination.
- Prepare patients physically for medical procedures.
Typical Working Conditions
- Frequent contact with others.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Working with a group or team.
- Frequent decision-making.
- Close physical proximity with other people.
- Exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
This page includes information from the O*NET 24.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.
Source: You can learn about our data sources in the About Us section.