Veterinary Technicians are an important part of the veterinary team. The Vet Tech Institute prepares students to assist veterinarians to*:
- Treat ill or injured animals by monitoring their clinical symptoms
- Prepare for and assist in surgery
- Administer, monitor, and maintain anesthesia during surgery
- Monitor animals recovering from surgery
- Perform laboratory tests by collecting and analyzing test specimens to assist the veterinarian in diagnosing conditions
- Take and develop radiographics using x-ray equipment
- Fill medications and maintain a drug inventory and log book
- Perform injections, administer medications and vaccines, and run IVs
After finishing the Veterinary Technician program, you'll be trained in handling and restraining animal patients, office procedures, anesthesia, sterilization, radiology, pharmacology, and other procedures.
The last 2 months of your education are spent in an externship. This is an opportunity to get real-life experience in an animal clinic, hospital, research facility, or a farm animal practice.
Graduates are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam, which is required to become a credentialed veterinary technician.
*Specific tasks summarized from Summary Report for: 29-2056.00 - Veterinary Technologists and Technicians; O*Net Info