Learn About A Career As A Veterinary Technician

Working with animals requires a love of animals and the knowledge of how to work with them safely to properly take care of them. People who work as Veterinary Technicians learn the necessary handling skills and knowledge by attending veterinary technical school or by learning the skills on-the-job. What is involved in a veterinary technician career? What is the salary range for this career? Learn the answers to these questions and more here.

  • 01 of 10

    What Is a Veterinary Technician?

    Portrait of veterinary nurse with dog on table in veterinary surgery
    Portrait Of Veterinary Nurse With Dog On Table In Veterinary Surgery

    Veterinary technicians also go by the term veterinary nurse and may also have the initials LVT, RVT or CVT after their name. What does it take to be a technician, and what do those letters mean? Find out in this FAQ.

  • 02 of 10

    National Veterinary Technician Week

    Veterinarian looking in cage
    Veterinarian Looking In Cage

    Each year, the third week of October is designated National Veterinary Technician Week by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). Learn about NAVTA, the history of Vet Tech Week, and what vet techs do every day in veterinary practice.

  • 03 of 10

    Meet Laura Sockey RVT

    Laura Vet Tech
    Laura Vet Tech

    Laura is an Ophthalmic Technician at a busy veterinary emergency and specialty clinic.

  • 04 of 10

    Meet Jenna Stregowski RVT and Guide to Dogs

    Jenna Stregowski RVT and Chloe © J Stregowski
    Jenna Stregowski RVT And Chloe © J Stregowski

    I interviewed Jenna Stregowski, RVT, a vet tech and fellow dog expert for her perspective on veterinary technician careers.

  • 05 of 10

    Meet Lisa Randon RVT VTS (Anesthesia)

    Lisa Randon RVT VTS(Anesthesia)/ Allandale Veterinary Hospital, Canada
    Lisa Randon RVT VTS(Anesthesia)/ Allandale Veterinary Hospital, Canada

    Like veterinarians, veterinary technicians may choose to specialize in an area of medicine or surgery. In this interview, meet Lisa Randon RVT VTS (Anesthesia) of Allandale Veterinary Hospital in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Lisa has completed additional training and certification in veterinary anesthesia.

  • 06 of 10

    Meet Melissa Spooner LVT VTS (Behavior) BS KPA-CTP

    Melissa Spooner, LVT, VTS (Behavior), BS, KPA-CTP / Oakland Veterinary Referral Services
    Melissa Spooner, LVT, VTS (Behavior), BS, KPA-CTP / Oakland Veterinary Referral Services

    In this career interview, meet Melissa Spooner LVT VTS (Behavior) BS KPA-CTP of Oakland Veterinary Referral Services. Melissa is one of only 11 Academy of Behavior techs in the United States. Learn what a typical day is like for Melissa in a practice dedicated to veterinary behavior.

  • 07 of 10

    Vet (Tech) School Diary

    Doctor studying notes in office room
    Doctor Studying Notes In Office Room

    This article is an introduction and first post for Bethany, who was a legal assistant before attending vet tech school in 2005 to prepare for a career as a veterinary technician. Bethany has since graduated and is working as a veterinary technician in a busy practice.

    A complete listing of Vet (and Tech) School Diaries can be found in the Pre-Vet and Career forum.

  • 08 of 10

    A Day in the Life

    High Angle View Of Cat Lying On Bed
    High Angle View Of Cat Lying On Bed

    Are you curious about what life is like as a veterinarian or veterinary technician? What other animal-related careers are there for those who do not wish to pursue vet school? How is a specialty referral hospital different than an emergency clinic? Find the answers to these questions and more in these Day in the Life stories submitted by viewers working in various animal-related fields.

  • 09 of 10

    Veterinary Technicians

    Adorable ferret receives check up at the vet
    Adorable Ferret Receives Check Up At The Vet

    The life of a vet tech is often demanding; long hours, lots of lifting, and lots of cleaning up of smelly substances. Not to mention the chance of getting bit or scratched while assisting the doctor with a variety of pets. Is it worth it? Does the love of animals override the demands? Is the salary adequate for the demands and responsibilities of the job? Read some opinions from viewers.

  • 10 of 10

    Veterinary Technician Salaries

    A dog on an examination table in an animal hospital
    A Dog On An Examination Table In An Animal Hospital

    After learning about this career and reading responses and opinions from other viewers, what do you think? Can the love of animals and an income commensurable with job-related experience and duties coexist?