Tuesday, 14 October 2014

How to Become a Veterinary Technician

So, you want to learn how to become a veterinary technician. If you love animals and have the determination to finish the coursework successfully, this could be an excellent career for you. As a veterinary technician, you will be working as a nurse, but for pets instead of humans. Many of the tools you use will be identical or similar to what nurses and medical assistants use in hospitals and doctor's offices. You may give the animal patients shots, sutures and x-rays, so you will need to have some advanced medical knowledge. You will also need to have a calm demeanor even when pets are very sick, and owners are very distressed.

After graduating from high school or getting a GED, you can begin a veterinary technician program at a local technical school or community college. The programs may be completed in as little as two years for an associate's degree, but there are also four-year bachelor's degree programs which are a better choice if you think you may want to go all the way and become a veterinarian at some point. At the end of the program you will become a certified technician as long as you are able to pass the four-hour Veterinary Technician National Exam. The test covers topics including animal nursing, laboratory procedures, pharmacology and surgical preparation. You will probably also complete an internship during your last semester or after you have graduated.

Once you have become certified and gained some experience through an internship, it's a good idea to become a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. This will improve your chances of getting a great job and provide opportunities for continuing education throughout your career. You can find veterinary technician jobs at animal hospitals and private veterinarian's offices. Many veterinary technicians choose a specialty such as anesthesia, behavior, critical care, dentistry, equine medicine or internal medicine, which may require additional education but will improve your marketability during job searches.

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