Veterinary technicians are like the techies of the theatre; the organization would be able to function without them, but it would be much harder. Things run a lot more smoothly with vet techs. There are multiple benefits that come with being a veterinary technician. These benefits include, but are not limited to, a high job outlook, great room for advancement, and only two years of schooling (depending on the route you take). Above all, the animals, who aren’t always able to help themselves, are being taken care of.
To become a vet tech you have to go through the proper education and training required. An associate’s degree in veterinary technology is required to become a vet tech and takes about two years to accomplish (Exploring Medical Careers). An internship may also be a requirement of the tech course (Interview with a Veterinary Technician). Along with the degree, the Veterinary Technician National Exam must be passed to become certified. These tests cost $300.00 and are 170 questions long. The VTNE also offers two practice exams, each $45, to help one prepare for the actual exam (Vet Tech | VTNE | Veterinary Technician National Examination.). After becoming certified, a vet tech may have to undergo on the job training under supervision by a vet or an experienced vet tech (Collegegrad.com).
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, it is expected that the job outlook for vet techs will increase much faster than other occupations: by 30 percent between the years of 2012 and 2022. This is because veterinary technologists are beginning to be preferred over basic veterinary assistance for tasks like lab work. [Also, better care and treatment for pets is being practiced by pet owners (Collegegrad.com).] Veterinary technicians make anywhere from $20,030 to $44,030 annually. Salary can depend on where you work and who you work for. For example, vet techs in a research facility could earn more than a vet tech employed in a clinic assisting a veterinarian (Occupational Outlook Handbook).
There are multiple ways for a vet tech to advance in their field. One way is to go back to school and expand their education to become a vet and move up on the veterinary track. On a lesser note, there are on the job promotions. One may be promoted to supervisor, be licensed to teach a veterinary technician course, or, after gaining work experience, could help train in new vet techs (Collegegrad.com). The benefits available to a veterinary technician could include a retirement plan, paid time off, and health care. Also, vet techs may have the liberty of cheaper medical care for their own animals (Interview with a Veterinary Technician).
A career as a vet tech can be overwhelming and stressful, and one must have the proper skills and talents to be able to handle the situations they will be put into. When thinking about a career in veterinary medicine, the animals are probably one of the first things to come to mind, but what about the pet...