Saturday, October 31, 2015

Helping Those Who Can't Help Themselves: Veterinary Technologists & Technicians

In this first week of November, we celebrate National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, which is an important celebration hosted by the Humane Society of the United States. To honor this important observance, we are focusing our Profession of the Week series on those who work closely with animals & help them heal everyday: Veterinary Technologists & Technicians (vet techs). These two closely related professions are the primary support roles for Veterinarians & perform medical tests under vet supervision to help diagnose the injuries & illnesses of a wide variety of animals. Most vet techs work in private clinics, laboratories, or animal hospitals, but they can also work in boarding kennels, zoos, rescue leagues, and, most importantly for this week's purposes, animal shelters. As most vet techs work directly with veterinarians in their practice offices, the majority of work they do is with small animals like cats & dogs. However, vet techs may also work with mice, rats, sheep, pigs, cattle, & birds, especially if they work in a laboratory or non-office setting. Vet techs can also specialize in a myriad of disciplines, much like nurses or doctors for human patients. These specialties include, but are not limited to, dental technology, emergency & critical care, anesthesia, and zoological medicine. To find out more about veterinary technologists & technicians, including the differences between the two professions, how much they make on average, & how to become one, take a look at our helpful & informative infographic below. Be sure to check back all week on this blog and the Enky Facebook, Twitter, & Google+ pages for a continuous stream of vet tech content!



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