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Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

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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.

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

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • 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.

    • English Language

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

    • Biology

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

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $34,120/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $16.40/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 3,370
    • Yearly Projected Openings 270
    Typical Education
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Cooperation
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Initiative
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    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.