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Veterinary Technician Requirements

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA):
Veterinary Technicians’ and Veterinary Assistants’ Requirements

  1. Veterinary Technicians:
    • Veterinary technicians are educated in animal care, normal and abnormal life processes, and clinical procedures.
    • They typically have 2-4 years of post-high school education, with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology.
    • To be considered licensed, registered, or certified (terms vary by state), they must pass a credentialing examination and engage in continuing education.
    • Veterinary technicians work under the supervision of licensed veterinarians.
    • Their responsibilities include obtaining patient histories, performing laboratory procedures, providing nursing care, assisting in surgeries, and educating animal owners.
    • They also work in biomedical research facilities under supervision.
    • Job opportunities exist in private practice, human and animal health-related fields, and specialties like teaching and wildlife care.
  2. Veterinary Assistants:
    • Veterinary assistants support veterinarians and technicians.
    • Their tasks may include kennel work, animal handling, feeding, exercise, and clerical duties.
    • Training programs exist, but there’s no credentialing exam for veterinary assistants.

Remember, both veterinary technicians and assistants play crucial roles in supporting animal health and welfare! For more information visit the AVMA site.

Always Consult Your Vet

Before introducing any new food, plant, remedy, or supplement to your dog, always consult with your veterinarian to ensure it is safe and appropriate for your pet’s specific health needs. This blog post is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional veterinary advice.

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