A veterinary technician is the main source of help for a veterinary doctor. Just like medical doctors work with nurses, vets count on vet techs to assist them with a variety of things.

The type of work that you will do as a veterinary technician varies widely depending on your experience, what type of setting you are working in, and your specialties.

For example, a vet tech in a small-town clinic does different things than an experienced vet tech specializing in anesthesia does while working in an emergency hospital.

Despite the these differing responsibilities, there are some general things that almost all vet techs do during their careers. Here is a short list, in no particular order!

What Does A Vet Tech Do?

According to a study conducted in 2012, the majority of a vet tech’s time is spent on:

General animal nursing
Talking with and educating clients
Inducing/monitoring anesthesia
Collecting and analyzing lab samples
Radiology (taking x-rays)
Supervising other staff members

Other roles and responsibilities included:

Dental care assistance
Surgery preparation and assistance
Cleaning (cages, instruments, patients)
Patient restraint
Updating case files
Dressing wounds
Office work (filing, answering calls)
Exercising/walking patients

Things A Vet Tech Doesn’t Do:

Patient Diagnosis

Patient Prognosis
Perform Surgery
Prescribe Medications

So, as you can see, the list of vet tech responsibilities is pretty lengthy. Anything the vet needs help with, that’s what you’ll be there for.

Many people confuse vet techs with vet assistants. Read more about the important differences between these two jobs here: Vet Assistant vs. Vet Tech: What’s The Difference?

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