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Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Maintain controlled drug inventory and related log books.
    • Monitor medical supplies and place orders when inventory is low.
    • Restrain animals during exams or procedures.
    • Clean and sterilize instruments, equipment, or materials.
    • Clean and sterilize instruments, equipment, or materials.
    • Observe the behavior and condition of animals and monitor their clinical symptoms.
    • Give enemas and perform catheterizations, ear flushes, intravenous feedings, or gavages.
    • Prepare treatment rooms for surgery.
    • Prepare and administer medications, vaccines, serums, or treatments, as prescribed by veterinarians.
    • Prepare and administer medications, vaccines, serums, or treatments, as prescribed by veterinarians.
    • Administer emergency first aid, such as performing emergency resuscitation or other life saving procedures.
    • Perform dental work, such as cleaning, polishing, or extracting teeth.
    • Prepare animals for surgery, performing such tasks as shaving surgical areas.
    • Take and develop diagnostic radiographs, using x-ray equipment.
    • Take animals into treatment areas and assist with physical examinations by performing such duties as obtaining temperature, pulse, or respiration data.
    • Care for and monitor the condition of animals recovering from surgery.
    • Maintain instruments, equipment, or machinery to ensure proper working condition.
    • Dress and suture wounds and apply splints or other protective devices.
    • Provide assistance with animal euthanasia and the disposal of remains.
    • Supervise or train veterinary students or other staff members.
    • Supervise or train veterinary students or other staff members.
    • Perform a variety of office, clerical, or accounting duties, such as reception, billing, bookkeeping, or selling products.
    • Perform a variety of office, clerical, or accounting duties, such as reception, billing, bookkeeping, or selling products.
    • Bathe animals, clip nails or claws, and brush or cut animals' hair.
    • Conduct specialized procedures, such as animal branding or tattooing or hoof trimming.
    • Administer anesthesia to animals, under the direction of a veterinarian, and monitor animals' responses to anesthetics so that dosages can be adjusted.
    • Administer anesthesia to animals, under the direction of a veterinarian, and monitor animals' responses to anesthetics so that dosages can be adjusted.
    • Schedule appointments and procedures for animals.
    • Provide information or counseling regarding issues such as animal health care, behavior problems, or nutrition.
    • Monitor medical supplies and place orders when inventory is low.
    • Perform a variety of office, clerical, or accounting duties, such as reception, billing, bookkeeping, or selling products.
    • Perform laboratory tests on blood, urine, or feces, such as urinalyses or blood counts, to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems.
    • Prepare and administer medications, vaccines, serums, or treatments, as prescribed by veterinarians.
    • Provide veterinarians with the correct equipment or instruments, as needed.
    • Fill prescriptions, measuring medications and labeling containers.
    • Collect, prepare, and label samples for laboratory testing, culture, or microscopic examination.
    • Collect, prepare, and label samples for laboratory testing, culture, or microscopic examination.
    • Take and develop diagnostic radiographs, using x-ray equipment.
    • Discuss medical health of pets with clients, such as post-operative status.
    • Clean kennels, animal holding areas, surgery suites, examination rooms, or animal loading or unloading facilities to control the spread of disease.
    • Maintain laboratory, research, or treatment records, as well as inventories of pharmaceuticals, equipment, or supplies.

    Skills

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.

    • Operations Analysis

      Figuring out what a product or service needs to be able to do.

    • Active Listening

      Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

    • Systems Evaluation

      Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

    • Time Management

      Managing your time and the time of other people.

    • Management of Financial Resources

      Making spending decisions and keeping track of what is spent.

    • Science

      Using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems.

    • Critical Thinking

      Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

    • Installation

      Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs.

    • Programming

      Writing computer programs.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working.

    • Operation and Control

      Using equipment or systems.

    • Equipment Maintenance

      Planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment.

    • Troubleshooting

      Figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work.

    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the right tools.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Testing how well a product or service works.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Understanding people's reactions.

    • Service Orientation

      Looking for ways to help people.

    • Equipment Selection

      Deciding what kind of tools and equipment are needed to do a job.

    • Monitoring

      Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.

    • Negotiation

      Bringing people together to solve differences.

    • Mathematics

      Using math to solve problems.

    • Management of Material Resources

      Managing equipment and materials.

    • Systems Analysis

      Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it.

    • Management of Personnel Resources

      Selecting and managing the best workers for a job.

    • Instructing

      Teaching people how to do something.

    • Coordination

      Changing what is done based on other people's actions.

    • Technology Design

      Making equipment and technology useful for customers.

    • Learning Strategies

      Using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things.

    • Persuasion

      Talking people into changing their minds or their behavior.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Reading work-related information.

    • Writing

      Writing things for co-workers or customers.

    • Active Learning

      Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
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    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Speed of Limb Movement

      Quickly moving your arms and legs.

    • Gross Body Coordination

      Moving your arms, legs, and mid-section together while your whole body is moving.

    • Glare Sensitivity

      Seeing something even if there is a glare or very bright light.

    • Number Facility

      Adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing.

    • Manual Dexterity

      Holding or moving items with your hands.

    • Visual Color Discrimination

      Noticing the difference between colors, including shades and brightness.

    • Speech Recognition

      Recognizing spoken words.

    • Night Vision

      Seeing at night or under low light.

    • Depth Perception

      Deciding which thing is closer or farther away from you, or deciding how far away it is from you.

    • Oral Expression

      Communicating by speaking.

    • Finger Dexterity

      Putting together small parts with your fingers.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      Using your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down.

    • Rate Control

      Changing when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

    • Wrist-Finger Speed

      Making fast, simple, repeated movements of your fingers, hands, and wrists.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      Noticing when problems happen.

    • Auditory Attention

      Paying attention to one sound while there are other distracting sounds.

    • Dynamic Flexibility

      Quickly and repeatedly bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    • Hearing Sensitivity

      Telling the difference between sounds.

    • Sound Localization

      Noticing the direction that a sound came from.

    • Mathematical Reasoning

      Choosing the right type of math to solve a problem.

    • Visualization

      Imagining how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

    • Flexibility of Closure

      Seeing hidden patterns.

    • Perceptual Speed

      Quickly comparing groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

    • Speed of Closure

      Quickly knowing what you are looking at.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      Keeping your arm or hand steady.

    • Oral Comprehension

      Listening and understanding what people say.

    • Written Comprehension

      Reading and understanding what is written.

    • Fluency of Ideas

      Coming up with lots of ideas.

    • Originality

      Creating new and original ideas.

    • Control Precision

      Quickly changing the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

    • Response Orientation

      Quickly deciding if you should move your hand, foot, or other body part.

    • Trunk Strength

      Using your lower back and stomach.

    • Extent Flexibility

      Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    • Gross Body Equilibrium

      Keeping your balance or staying upright.

    • Far Vision

      Seeing details that are far away.

    • Selective Attention

      Paying attention to something without being distracted.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.

    • Information Ordering

      Ordering or arranging things.

    • Speech Clarity

      Speaking clearly.

    • Explosive Strength

      Jumping, sprinting, or throwing something.

    • Near Vision

      Seeing details up close.

    • Category Flexibility

      Grouping things in different ways.

    • Spatial Orientation

      Knowing where things are around you.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      Using rules to solve problems.

    • Reaction Time

      Quickly moving your hand, finger, or foot based on a sound, light, picture or other command.

    • Peripheral Vision

      Seeing something to your side when your are looking ahead.

    • Stamina

      Exercising for a long time without getting out of breath.

    • Static Strength

      Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying.

    • Dynamic Strength

      Exercising for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

    • Memorization

      Remembering words, numbers, pictures, or steps.

    • Time Sharing

      Doing two or more things at the same time.

    • Written Expression

      Communicating by writing.

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Philosophy and Theology

      Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Sales and Marketing

      Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    • Chemistry

      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

    • Economics and Accounting

      Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

    • Therapy and Counseling

      Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • Foreign Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

    • Telecommunications

      Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Personnel and Human Resources

      Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    • Physics

      Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub-atomic structures and processes.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Sociology and Anthropology

      Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures, and their history and origins.

    • Geography

      Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • Administrative

      Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.

    • Food Production

      Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • Fine Arts

      Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • History and Archeology

      Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

    • Communications and Media

      Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 36350/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 17.48/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 4,260
    • Yearly Projected Openings 330

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Cooperation

    Tools

    • Air rifles or air handguns
    • Ambulances
    • Analgesic infusion sets or kits
    • Animal catching devices
    • Animal husbandry equipment
    • Animal shearing or clipping equipment
    • Animal weighing scales
    • Arterial line catheters
    • Artificial airway holders
    • Benchtop centrifuges
    • Binocular light compound microscopes
    • Blood collection needles
    • Blood collection syringes
    • Blood gas analyzers
    • Blood pressure recording units
    • Cages or its accessories
    • Cardiac output CO monitoring units
    • Cardiac pacemaker generators or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers CRT-P
    • Chemical or gas sterilizers
    • Chemistry analyzers
    • Coagulation analyzers
    • Dental finishing or polishing discs
    • Dental handpieces
    • Dental probes or explorers
    • Dental scalers
    • Dental x ray units
    • Desktop computers
    • Digital cameras
    • Electrocardiography EKG transmitters or telemetry devices
    • Electrocardiography EKG units
    • Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment
    • Endotracheal tubes
    • Enema kits
    • Enteral feeding administration sets
    • Esophageal tubes
    • Extremity restraints
    • Finger ring removers or cutters
    • Flow sensors or regulators or components
    • Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators
    • Full body immersion hydrotherapy baths or tanks
    • Gas anesthesia apparatus or machines
    • Glucose monitors or meters
    • Handheld refractometers or polarimeters
    • Harnesses or its accessories
    • Hemocytometers
    • Hypodermic injection apparatus
    • Hypodermic needle
    • Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines
    • Intravenous catheters
    • Intravenous infusion pumps for general use
    • Intravenous or arterial arm boards
    • Intravenous or arterial tubing adapter or connector
    • Intravenous tubing with catheter administration kits
    • Intubation forceps
    • Intubation gauges or guides
    • Intubation laryngoscopes
    • Intubation stylets
    • Laboratory balances
    • Laboratory diluters
    • Manual or electronic hematology differential cell counters
    • Medical acoustic stethoscopes
    • Medical aspiration or irrigation syringes
    • Medical computed tomography CT or CAT scanners or tubes
    • Medical gas cylinders or related devices
    • Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners
    • Medical nasal cannulas
    • Medical oxygen masks or parts
    • Medical radiation films or badges
    • Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use
    • Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes
    • Medical radiological shielding gloves
    • Medical syringes with needle
    • Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echocardiograph or echocardiograph units for general diagnostic use
    • Medical x ray darkroom accessories
    • Medical x ray films or cassettes
    • Medical x ray intensifying screens
    • Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use
    • Microcentrifuges
    • Microscope slides
    • Mobile medical service anti shock garments
    • Mobile medical service intravenous IV kits
    • Mobile medical services automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
    • Mobile medical services head immobilizers
    • Mobile medical services litter
    • Mobile medical services non-suction antichoke devices
    • Mobile medical services obstetrics kits
    • Mobile medical services suction antichoke devices
    • Mobile medical services triage tags
    • Mobile or transportable medical linear accelerators
    • Mobile resuscitator or aspirator kits
    • Muzzles
    • Nasopharyngeal tubes or airways
    • Nebulizers
    • Needleless intravenous injection syringe sets or injection cannulas
    • Needleless vial or bag withdrawal cannulas or adapters or decanters
    • Non vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
    • Notebook computers
    • Ophthalmic tonometers
    • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets
    • Orthopedic splint systems
    • Osmometers
    • Oxygen insufflators
    • Oxygen therapy delivery system products
    • Patient stretchers
    • Periodontal curettes
    • Personal computers
    • Protective gloves
    • Pulse oximeter units
    • Respiratory monitoring kits
    • Restraints
    • Resuscitation masks
    • Sledge hammer
    • Specimen collection container
    • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
    • Surgical calipers or rulers or protractors
    • Surgical isolation or surgical masks
    • Surgical retractors
    • Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines
    • Suture needles
    • Suture removers
    • Tablet computers
    • Therapeutic heating or cooling units or systems
    • Tourniquets
    • Ultrasonic cleaning equipment
    • Urinary catheterization kits
    • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
    • Veterinary blood pressure testers
    • Veterinary castration instruments
    • Veterinary clinical thermometers
    • Veterinary electrocardiograph ECG
    • Veterinary injection or suction unit
    • Veterinary nail trimmers or cutters
    • Veterinary speculums
    • Winged infusion needle set

    Technology

    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Internet browser software
    • Medical software
    • Office suite software
    • Presentation software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Word processing software

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