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Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Technician

Career data updated last on 10/15/2014
Veterinary Technician Veterinary assistants/aides assist veterinarians in many ways. Their responsibilities include taking x-rays, performing laboratory tests, obtaining and recording information about cases, and preparing animals, instruments, equipment and medication for examination and surgery. Assistants may also manage an office and coordinate hospital care.
Salary $14.99/hr - $31,880 annually
Significant Points Entrants generally complete a 2-year or 4-year veterinary technology program, and must pass a state examination.
Work Environment Veterinary technicians work in private veterinary centers, diagnostic and research laboratories, veterinary supply businesses, zoos, schools of veterinary medicine and other areas dealing with animal care. Others may find opportunities in biomedical research, wildlife medicine, the military, livestock management, or pharmaceutical sales. In some animal hospitals, research facilities, and animal shelters, a veterinary technician is on duty 24 hours a day, which means some may work night shifts. Most full-time technicians work about 40 hours a week, while some work 50 or more hours a week.
High School Prep A high school diploma or equivalent is required, and courses in biology, algebra and chemistry are recommended. Prior experience in animal care is helpful.
Academic Requirements Veterinary assistants are trained through an accredited technical associate degree program in the community college system. This prepares the graduate to take the national (written) examination and the state (oral) examinations administered by the Colorado Veterinary Medical Board, which leads to certification as a Registered Veterinary Medical Technician.


Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology
Associate Degree Associate
Colorado Mountain College
Associate Degree Associate
Community College of Denver-Lowry Campus
Associate Degree Associate    On-line program available On-line program available
Front Range Community College Larimer Campus
Associate Degree Associate
Northeastern Junior College
Certificate Degree Certificate    On-line program available On-line program available
Pima Medical Institute-Colorado Springs Campus
Associate Degree Associate
Certificate Degree Certificate
Pima Medical Institute-Denver Campus
Certificate Degree Certificate

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