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How to Get a Job as a Veterinary Technologist and Technician

Legred urges aspiring veterinary technologists and technicians to find a local vet tech and speak to him or her about the job. Since there are more than 11 specialties in the field, including clinical pathology and emergency care, jobs can vary widely. Legred says gaining strong math and science backgrounds early in one’s education is key, along with cultivating passion for the job.

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Upward Mobility poor Below Average
Stress Level fair Average
Flexibility poor Below Average

What is the Job Like?

Legred says the job is often misunderstood, even by veterinarians who fail to take advantage of technologists’ and technicians’ skills. “Assistants should be restraining animals and we should be administering anesthesia, medicine and [other higher-skilled tasks],” she says. It also requires a lot of interaction with animals’ caregivers, which can be challenging, especially when dealing with emotionally charged situations involving sick or dying pets.

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