Veterinary Technologists and Technicians :

Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.

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Indiana Average Salary $29,760.00
Average Time to Fill 40 days
Typical Education Associate's degree
Typical Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 1,637
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 27.09 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Work Ethic
Customer Service
Critical Thinking
Resource Allocation

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Assisting and Caring for Others

Administer basic health care or medical treatments
Treat dental problems or diseases
Administer non-intravenous medications
Provide in home patient care
Administer first aid
Give medications or immunizations
Administer blood or other fluids intravenously
Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments
Attend to patient's personal care
Test biological specimens to gather information about patient conditions
Conduct medical x-rays
Conduct dental x-rays
Administer anesthetics or sedatives
Treat medical condition of patient
Apply bandages, dressings, or splints
Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments
Assist patients with hygiene or daily living activities
Perform emergency medical procedures

Handling and Moving Objects

Prepare vaccines, biologicals, or serums
Prepare surgical supplies or equipment
Prepare medical treatment room
Collect biological specimens
Collect blood or tissue samples
Prepare medications or medical solutions
Prepare sterile solutions, infusions, or intravenous packs
Sterilize laboratory, medical, or veterinary equipment or instruments
Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use
Collect specimens from patients
Employ hair, cosmetic, or nail care instruments
Prepare sample for laboratory testing, analysis, or microscopy
Set-up patient care equipment

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Perform animal euthanasia
Breed animals to propagate stock or to develop new type
Control animal and plant diseases through sanitation, cleanliness, and management procedures
Implement sanitation practices in health care settings
Handle infectious materials safely according to procedures
Employ radiation safety procedures
Solve animal breeding problems
Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests
Identify animal disease or parasites

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Medical Records Maintenance
Surgical Instruments

Related Licensing Requirements

Registered Veterinarian Technician (18-0000000060)

In order to obtain a veterinary technician's license, candidates must: Be at least 18 years of age. Have successfully completed four years of high school education or its equivalent. Have successfully completed an approved program of veterinary technology. Successfully pass the board-administered examination. Have not been convicted of a crime that would have a direct bearing on the ability to carry out professional duties. Pay all application and examination fees. More detailed information, including application packets and test dates, may be obtained directly from the Indiana Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Indiana Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (3172342054)

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