becoming a veterinary technician
The role of a veterinary technician combines elements of many disciplines such as nursing, imaging, lab work, and customer service. Typical duties include:
- Providing first aid and nursing care
- Assisting veterinarians during examinations and procedures
- Performing or helping with diagnostic tests such as X-rays, urinalysis and blood counts
- Conducting routine procedures like dental cleanings and immunizations
- Preparing animals for surgery
- Monitoring the condition of patients
- Educating pet owners on animal care and welfare
- Ensuring that lab animals receive humane treatment
For animal lovers with a passion for science, a career as a veterinary technician is extremely rewarding. Technicians often see the same patients throughout their entire lives and develop close, caring relationships with the animals and their owners. The care and education technicians provide makes an immense difference in an animal’s quality of life, both in the medical setting and in the animal’s home environment.
Due to a growing interest among veterinary technicians to attain a higher level of recognition for advanced knowledge and skills in specific disciplines, NAVTA developed the Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties (CVTS). The Committee provides a standardized list of criteria and assistance for societies interested in attaining Academy status.
The NAVTA Committee on Veterinary Technicians Specialties (CVTS) was formed in 1994 and is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The CVTS provides guidelines to veterinary technician organizations to facilitate the formation of a specialty organization. Academies develop advanced pathways, which a candidate must follow and complete in order to be awarded the designation of VTS (Veterinary Technician Specialist) in their specific discipline.
Click here to view the AVMA's list of accredited veterinary technology schools.