What does a Veterinary Technician do?

What does a Veterinary Technician do?  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the demand for veterinary technicians and technologists will rise by 20 percent in the next ten years.[1] This has more people considering careers in this field. But what does a veterinary technician do, exactly? Veterinary technicians, also known as vet techs, are educated to be the veterinarian’s nurse, laboratory technician, radiography technician, anesthetist, surgical nurse and/or client educator. Many veterinary technicians are placed in a supervisory role in veterinary practices, research institutions, and other employment options.[2]

Veterinary technicians are able to work in a variety of facilities and environments, offering flexibility and personal preference for specialization. Vet techs can work in veterinary practices, biomedical research, zoo/wildlife medicine, industry, military, livestock health management, pharmaceutical sales, and more.

To learn more about veterinary technicians, please visit www.bls.gov or www.navta.net.

Learn about the Stanbridge University’s Veterinary Technician program, and apply to start your training to become a Vet Tech today.






[1] Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Veterinary Technologists and Technicians,

on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/veterinary-technologists-and-technicians.htm (visited October 25, 2017).

[2] The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), Frequently Asked Questions, on the internet at http://www.navta.net/?page=faqs (visited October 25, 2017).