Want to Work at a Zoo? Become a Zoo Vet Tech!

Published on December 28, 2017 by arothstein

If you’ve always wanted to work at a zoo, becoming a zoo vet tech is a great way to land your dream job. Zoo veterinary technicians work behind the scenes in every zoo to make sure the animals are healthy and happy, and they also get to spend time getting close to some of the most exciting animals in the world.

You might not realize it, but vet techs play a very important role in zoos. While zoologists and veterinarians get most of the headlines, vet techs are often the ones who observe the animals to notice when they are sick, and administer the treatments that veterinarians prescribe. In other words, they do some of the most important day to day work that makes a zoo run.

What Does a Zoo Vet Tech Do?

Veterinary technicians play an important role in every zoo. They are the ones who observe the animals for signs of sickness, injury, or pregnancy. While they assist veterinarians during procedures by helping to calm or restrain the animal, they also perform many procedures themselves, such as taking X-Rays and ultrasounds.

Vet techs also work with the other caretakers to administer medicine. They even play an important role in helping decide when an exhibit or living space needs to be changed. After all, they are the ones spending the most time with the animals.

How do I become a Zoo Vet Tech?

Becoming a zoo veterinarian takes years of schooling and a doctorate degree, but the path to becoming a zoo vet tech starts with just a two-year A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology. In the state of Utah, the only vet tech program accredited by the Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians is at Broadview University.

Once you get a veterinary technology degree, you’ll still need to get experience working as a vet tech, usually in private practice. You also need to get certified training for working with the different kinds of animals you’ll encounter in the zoo. However, there’s nothing to stop you from volunteering right away. You can also join zoo vet tech organizations like the AZVT to learn more and meet other zoo vet techs.

Becoming a zoo veterinary technician takes some work, but it’s within your reach—especially with a great veterinary technology program right in your backyard. If you are ready to take the first step towards becoming a zoo vet tech, check out the AAS in Veterinary Technology program at Broadview University.

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