Veterinary Technician Job Openings - 39 Jobs

  • Estimated Salary

    $58,920

    DATACENTER TECHNICIAN
    Microsoft Corporation

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $75,000

    NEW
    Capacity Network Build Tech
    Amazon

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $41,440

    NEW
    AV Technician
    MCW Solutions

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $87,043

    NEW
    AV Lead Technician
    MCW Solutions

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $58,920

    NEW
    Capacity Install Technician
    Amazon

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $48,620

    Data Center Technician
    Microsoft Corporation

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $83,460

    NEW
    Engineering Operations Technician
    Amazon

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $83,460

    NEW
    Engineering Operations Technician II
    Amazon

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $48,620

    Data Center Technician
    Microsoft Corporation

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $97,020

    NEW
    Lead Tech System Engineer
    Bartech Group

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $96,407

    NEW
    Data Center Operations Technician
    Rackspace

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $96,407

    Data Center Operations Technician
    Rackspace

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $30,240

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    Veterinary Technician
    Banfield Pet Hospital

    Gaithersburg, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $37,200

    NEW
    Veterinary Technician
    Banfield Pet Hospital

    Sterling, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $37,200

    NEW
    Veterinary Technician
    Banfield Pet Hospital

    Chantilly, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $37,200

    NEW
    Veterinary Technician
    Banfield Pet Hospital

    Alexandria, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $37,200

    NEW
    Veterinary Registered Technician
    Happy Tails Veterinary Hospital

    Arlington, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $30,240

    NEW
    Veterinary Technician II
    Sobran

    Silver Spring, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $37,200

    Veterinary Technician
    Banfield Pet Hospital

    Annandale, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $30,240

    NEW
    Veterinary Technician II ( Surgical )
    Sobran

    Bethesda, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $30,240

    Veterinary Technician
    Banfield Pet Hospital

    Gaithersburg, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $30,240

    Veterinary Technicians - ER & CCU
    VCA Antech, Inc.

    Gaithersburg, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $30,240

    Veterinary Technician
    VCA Antech, Inc.

    Gaithersburg, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $30,240

    Veterinary Technician
    Banfield Pet Hospital

    Germantown, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $30,240

    NEW
    Surgical Veterinary Technician
    HJF

    Bethesda, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $37,200

    NEW
    Veterinary Technician
    Banfield Pet Hospital

    Gainesville, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $30,240

    Credentialed Veterinary Technician
    VCA Antech, Inc.

    Rockville, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $37,200

    Credentialed Veterinary Technician - Oncology
    VCA Antech, Inc.

    Fairfax, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $37,200

    Veterinary Technician
    Banfield Pet Hospital

    Gainesville, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $37,200

    Veterinary Technician
    Banfield Pet Hospital

    Chantilly, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $30,240

    NEW
    Veterinary Technician
    Sobran, Inc.

    Bethesda, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $37,200

    NEW
    Veterinary Technician
    Banfield Pet Hospital

    Annandale, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $37,200

    NEW
    Veterinary Technician
    Market Street Animal Clinic

    Leesburg, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $37,200

    Veterinary Technician
    Banfield Pet Hospital

    Sterling, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $30,240

    NEW
    Veterinary Technician
    Banfield Pet Hospital

    Germantown, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $30,240

    NEW
    Veterinary Technician
    HJF

    Bethesda, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $30,240

    NEW
    Veterinary Technician II
    HJF

    Bethesda, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $30,240

    Veterinary Technicians
    VCA Antech, Inc.

    Gaithersburg, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $37,200

    NEW
    Veterinary Technician
    Banfield Pet Hospital

    Vienna, VA

Veterinary Technician Jobs

average

$37,200

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Deal with People
  • Stressful
  • Make Decisions

What does a Veterinary Technician do

Veterinary technologists and technicians perform medical tests under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to assist in diagnosing the injuries and illnesses of animals.

Duties

Veterinary technologists and technicians typically do the following:

  • Observe the behavior and condition of animals
  • Provide nursing care or emergency first aid to recovering or injured animals
  • Bathe animals, clip nails or claws, and brush or cut animals’ hair
  • Restrain animals during exams or procedures
  • Administer anesthesia to animals, and monitor their responses
  • Collect laboratory samples, such as blood, urine, or tissue, for testing
  • Perform laboratory tests, such as urinalyses and blood counts
  • Take and develop x rays
  • Prepare animals and instruments for surgery
  • Administer medications, vaccines, and treatments prescribed by a veterinarian
  • Collect and record patients’ case histories

Veterinarians rely on technologists and technicians to conduct a variety of clinical and laboratory procedures, including postoperative care, dental care, and specialized nursing care.

Veterinary technologists and technicians who work in research-related jobs do similar work. For example, they are responsible for making sure that animals are handled carefully and treated humanely. They also help veterinarians or scientists on research projects in areas such as biomedical research, disaster preparedness, and food safety.

Veterinary technologists and technicians most often work with small-animal practitioners who care for cats and dogs, but they may also perform a variety of tasks involving mice, rats, sheep, pigs, cattle, birds, or other animals.

Veterinary technologists and technicians can specialize in a particular discipline. Specialties include dentistry, anesthesia, emergency and critical care, and zoological medicine.

Veterinary technologists usually have a 4-year bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology. Although some technologists work in private clinical practices, many work in more advanced research-related jobs, usually under the guidance of a scientist or veterinarian. Working primarily in a laboratory setting, they may administer medications; prepare tissue samples for examination; or record information on an animal’s genealogy, weight, diet, and signs of pain.

Veterinary technicians usually have a 2-year associate’s degree in a veterinary technology program. They generally work in private clinical practices under the guidance of a licensed veterinarian. Technicians may perform laboratory tests, such as a urinalysis, and help veterinarians conduct a variety of other diagnostic tests. Although some of their work is done in a laboratory setting, many technicians also talk with animal owners. For example, they explain a pet’s condition or how to administer medication prescribed by a veterinarian.

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how to become a Veterinary Technician

There are primarily two levels of education for entry into this occupation: a 4-year program for veterinary technologists and a 2-year program for veterinary technicians. Typically, both technologists and technicians must pass a credentialing exam and must become registered, licensed, or certified, depending on the state in which they work.

Education

Veterinary technologists and technicians must complete a postsecondary program in veterinary technology. In 2015, there were 231 veterinary technology programs accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Most of these programs offer a 2-year associate’s degree for veterinary technicians. Twenty-three colleges offer a 4-year bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology. Nine schools offer coursework through distance learning. 

People interested in becoming a veterinary technologist or technician should take high school classes in biology and other sciences, as well as math.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although each state regulates veterinary technologists and technicians differently, most candidates must pass a credentialing exam. Most states require technologists and technicians to pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE), offered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.

For technologists seeking work in a research facility, the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) offers the following certifications for technicians and technologists: Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) and Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG).

Although certification is not mandatory, workers at each level can show competency in animal husbandry, health and welfare, and facility administration and management to prospective employers. To become certified, candidates must have work experience in a laboratory animal facility and pass the AALAS examination.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Veterinary technologists and technicians spend a substantial amount of their time communicating with supervisors, animal owners, and other staff. In addition, a growing number of technicians counsel pet owners on animal behavior and nutrition.

Compassion. Veterinary technologists and technicians must treat animals with kindness and must be sensitive when dealing with the owners of sick pets.

Detail oriented. Veterinary technologists and technicians must pay attention to detail. They must be precise when recording information, performing diagnostic tests, and administering medication.

Manual dexterity. Veterinary technologists and technicians must handle animals, medical instruments, and laboratory equipment with care. They do intricate tasks, such as dental work, giving anesthesia, and taking x rays, which require a steady hand.

Problem-solving skills. Veterinary technologists and technicians need strong problem-solving skills in order to identify injuries and illnesses and offer the appropriate treatment.

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Veterinary Technician Videos

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A Day in the Life - Veterinarian Technician

Real Veterinary Technician Salaries

Get paid what you deserve

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Veterinary Technologist Parkway Pet Hospital, Inc. La Mesa, CA Oct 01, 2010 $52,175
Veterinary Technician Western University of Health Sciences Pomona, CA Nov 01, 2011 $50,484
Veterinary Technologist Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee, FL Dec 13, 2016 $50,000
Senior Veterinary Technician Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee, FL Aug 26, 2013 $50,000
Veterinary Technician Riedstra Dairy Ltd. Mendon, MI Jan 09, 2016 $48,000
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians Virginia Tech Leesburg, VA Jun 11, 2008 $46,104
Veterinary Technician Peninsula Equine, Inc. CA Nov 01, 2012 $44,662
Health Assurance Veterinary Technician Seaboard Foods LLC Guymon, OK Sep 09, 2016 $42,200
Veterinary Technician Brooklyn Veterinary Emergency Services New York, NY Nov 01, 2010 $40,697
Veterinary Technician Synergene Therapeutics, Inc. Rockville, MD Jan 01, 2011 $40,000

Top Skills for a Veterinary Technician

Know what it takes to get the job done

LABTestsIVEmergencyCareSurgicalProceduresCustomerServiceRadiologySchedulingAppointmentsCatheterPlacementDrawingBloodVenipunctureAnimalCarePhlebotomyDentalCleaningsMedicalRecordsTriageIdexxPatientHistoryVitalSignsIMBloodSamples

Top Veterinary Technician Skills

Right now, these skills will help you look good when applying for veterinary technician jobs:
  1. LAB Tests
  2. IV
  3. Emergency Care
Here are examples of how veterinary technicians have used the most in demand skills on their resumes:
  • Completed routine lab tests and cared for and fed animals.
  • Trained and managed various administrative and hospital staff.
  • Monitored a number of patients per shift, including triage and emergency care.
  • Monitor patients under anesthesia and assist doctors during surgical procedures.
  • Provided excellent customer service to clients in all aspects of the life and health of their pets.

Scheduling Appointments, Radiology, Patient History, Medical Records, Blood Samples, Emergency Care, Surgical Procedures, Drawing Blood, Animal Care, Venipuncture, Idexx, IV, Triage, Vital Signs, Customer Service, Catheter Placement, Dental Cleanings, IM, Phlebotomy, LAB Tests

Top Veterinary Technician Employers

Find the best employers to advance your career

Top 10 Veterinary Technician Employers

Banfield Pet Hospital has a strong demand for Veterinary Technician candidates where they have hired the most Veterinary Technician candidates.

Overall, 10 firms have active listings for Veterinary Technician.

Banfield Pet Hospital, VCA Antech, All Pets Veterinary Hospital, Banfield, Animal Medical Hospital, Twin Rivers Animal Hospital, River Road Animal Hospital, Ocean State Veterinary Specialists, Kennel, Brillhart Veterinary Clinic

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