The VetTechColleges.com staff publishes information related to vet tech education and certification, going “behind the scenes” to give you deeper insight into your educational options. You’ll find detailed descriptions of potential career paths, internship opportunities, emerging veterinary technologies, and profiles of leading professors and institutions in the space.
Just as the human body needs specialists for different injuries, animals often require a wide range of medical attention. Additional expertise on the anatomy, pathology, behavior, and even nutrition of our pets is learned by becoming specialized in one of 12 veterinary technician careers. We’ll break down the five top-earning jobs among these, outlining areas of expertise and salary.
Vet tech candidates preparing for interviews may have an advantage if they are familiar with the questions they may be asked. This collection of questions—some common and others less so—along with possible answers, were all shared by past and present vet techs.
A professional house- or pet-sitter should not only make sure that pets are adequately fed and watered, but it is also their paid job to make sure that Fido, Fluffy or other furry friends remain in a suitable physical, mental, and emotional condition.
When one considers that there are over 140 million pet cats and dogs in the US, that adds up to a serious need for quality medical care that the traditional healthcare system doesn’t address. And, much like with the human healthcare system, the quality of that care can depend on which medical facility one visits and the capabilities of the staff that work there.
Treating pets through an holistic approach begins with observing the overall health of the animal. Holistic animal care takes into account the physical symptoms of pet ailments in addition to mental, emotional, environmental, and nutritional factors.
A subset of criminal forensics focuses on figuring out how or why an animal was injured killed or why an animal killed or injured a human. Could an investigation show whether an animal died naturally or accidentally? Can evidence gathered in an animal abuse case be used to convince a jury to render a guilty verdict?
Along with being enrolled in an accredited veterinary technology program, it is equally important for veterinary assistants and technicians to have adequate hands-on experience with animals. Many internship and externship programs let students spend some time in specialized departments such as radiology, hematology, oncology, cardiology, and surgery.
Scholarships are, most simply put, free money. Students pay them back figuratively, with their service to society—at no interest, and without obligation. While good scholarships can be hard to find and win, they do exist, specifically for motivated individuals who need them most.
A hero becomes a hero by being the voice of the voiceless and the help of the helpless. In that regard, few professions have more heroes than those in the veterinary care and animal activist arenas.
The Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI) is championing a comprehensive update—one that would unite the profession under a single title, a standardized set of credentialing requirements, and a universal scope of practice.
Of the pet-related expenses in which Americans invested, $17.07 billion—nearly 25 percent—of total pet-related dollars spent went toward veterinary care. The APPA predicts that spending on veterinary care will rise to $18.26 billion in 2018.
Most state regulatory boards accept RACE-approved and CVTEA-accredited continuing education credits. However, continuing education acceptance is not standardized. States reserve the right to refuse credits from certain classes or providers. Students are advised to confirm that their state will accept credits before registering for any program.
Marissa Martino of Boulder, CO began working with dogs 10 years ago, and she hasn’t looked back since. She was enjoying a successful career as a designer for Martha Stewart but yearning for a change, she decided to attend San Francisco’s Academy of Dog Trainers.
For many animal-lovers, choosing a career as a veterinary technician is a natural choice. It’s a field that couples the rigor of scientific laboratory testing with soft skills in patient caretaking.
Pets play a vital role in the homes and lives of people across the country. Often treated as family members, animals can not only provide love and affection, but they’ve also been found to improve people’s health by decreasing stress levels, lowering blood pressure, and even boosting babies’ immune systems.