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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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $29,760.00
Average Time to Fill 40 days
Typical Education Post-secondary certificate or some college courses
Typical Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 3,432
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 25.03 %

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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

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

Handling and Moving Objects

Prepare medical treatment room
Prepare surgical supplies or equipment
Prepare vaccines, biologicals, or serums
Collect blood or tissue samples
Collect biological specimens
Prepare sterile solutions, infusions, or intravenous packs
Prepare medications or medical solutions
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

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

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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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