Giving kids an early start with their education will jump start them into a career minded focus in life. One such career choice that we like here at maine reading is that of a veterinary assistant. Children usually have a strong bond with animals from an early age and its a great career choice to mention while young. It is exciting, fun and allows children to focus on helping animals instead of thinking about work. You may be wondering what it takes to become a veterinarian technician.
First of all, you must have a special love for animals of all sorts, no matter what kind or the size because just like humans, animals get sick and need medical treatment at one time or another in their life. You must also be able to interact well with animals and be able to comfort frightened or injured pets, no matter whether it is a family pet or some stray brought in off the streets. So technically, you will be filling a role similar to that of a medical nurse.
Veterinary Technician Schooling
As a veterinary tech all states require you to pass a credentialing exam following your coursework. An associate’s degree is the most popular training route for veterinary technicians which is a two-year program and covers courses in veterinary technology, animal anatomy and physiology, animal parasitology and veterinary office management.
You should also have an aptitude for math, biology, general science and demonstrate basic language and communication skills. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredits veterinary technology programs in the U.S. and Canada and most of these programs lead to an Associate degree after two years and some can even lead to a four-year Baccalaureate degree. Techs with the Baccalaureate degrees usually get higher salaries and greater levels of job responsibilities.
There is also a hands on training period called a preceptorship, practicum, or externship that is required of all students and is a critical component of the veterinary tech program. There is another option open and available for those students wanting to earn a degree in veterinary technology from home. This is referred to as distance learning and the AVMA accredits several distance-learnng courses that meet the same standards of accreditation as traditional programs and include a clinical component. This training is done through a sponsorship by a licensed veterinarian.
Veterinary Technician Job Description
All veterinary technician must work under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Some of their everyday job duties include obtaining and recording patient case histories, collecting specimens and performing lab procedures, preparing animals, instruments and equipment for surgery, assisting in diagnostic, medical and surgical procedures, performing dental prophylaxes and assisting in research projects – this is just to mention a few as there are many other responsibilities to be had. Even though as a veterinary technician you are able to assist in performing a wide variety of tasks, they cannot diagnose, prescribe, perform surgery or engage in any activity prohibited by a state’s veterinary practice act.
Veterinary Technician Job Salary
Of course just like any other job, your salary will vary according to experience, responsibility, geographic location and employment type. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2007 the hourly wages were $13.90 for those who chose to work in veterinary offices. Those working in the federal government earned the highest salaries, at $43,380 and those technicians working for pharmaceutical and medicine manufaturing earned $42,240. The average veterinary technician salary can go up or down depending on so many variables as mentioned above. Schooling is very important and needed if on expects to make a good living as a vet tech.
If you are instilling education early in your childs life, consider pointing them in a direction that will keep their interest and make logical sense to them, even as young children. A career as a vet tech will offer a great stable career with many opportunity for growth.