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Where Do Veterinary Technicians Work?

Published on August 14, 2018 by A. Rothstein

Are you interested in becoming a veterinary technician but wonder, “Where do Veterinary Technicians work?” Most veterinary technicians work in private clinical practices, taking care of people’s pets or farm animals. Some veterinary practices help a wide range of animals, while others specialize in a type of animal. The different places a veterinary technician will work include private clinics, referral facilities, veterinary emergency clinics, specialty facilities, veterinary teaching hospitals and social advocacy organizations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 91% of veterinary technicians work in veterinary services, 3% work in educational settings and 2% with social advocacy organizations.

Private Veterinary Clinic – provide basic diagnostic, treatment and preventive care for pets during normal business hours. Veterinarians see animal patients similar to what a doctor would do for humans. They work with veterinary technicians to understand the health history of the animal, do annual check ups of the animal and provide preventive care to keep them healthy and happy. Most private veterinary clinics are located near populous cities for easy access by customers with pets that need regular attention.

Referral Veterinary Facilities – provides services by veterinarians with a specialty in specific species or a particular area of veterinary medicine.

Veterinary Emergency Clinic – are typically open while other general practices are not. Focuses care for animals on nights and weekends. This veterinary emergency facility will receive, treat and monitoring emergency patients during specified hours. A veterinarian is available at all times to provide timely and appropriate care to animals in an emergency.

On-Call Emergency Veterinary Care – a service offered for emergencies where the veterinarian and staff may not be on-premises waiting for patients to be admitted. Veterinarians will complete initial triage and treatment, leaving orders for veterinary technicians and other staff at the facility to offer continued patient care.

Specialty Veterinary Facilities – are board certified in surgery, internal medicine, dermatology, ophthalmology and other areas of animal expertise. Focus on one species or one type of medical service offering.

Animal Hospital – involves inpatient and outpatient diagnostics and treatment of animals. Inpatient animals are admitted to the hospital for lab work, radiographs, dental care and surgery. The animal hospital will have areas procedure rooms for x-ray, ultrasound, and endoscopy. Located in the animal hospital will also be an exercise area, kitchen, boarding cages and runs and a grooming area. The treatment area specially will allow veterinary technicians to administer medication, and recheck casts, bandages and splints after diagnostics and surgery is performed.

Veterinary Teaching Hospitals – a facility where consultative, clinical and hospital services are performed on animals. The staff includes basic veterinary staff plus applied veterinary scientists that perform research and teach veterinary technician students.

Outpatient Animal Clinic – animals may stay for a short-term admission for diagnosis and treatment but are usually discharged by the end of the day.

Mobile Animal Clinic – a veterinary practice conducted from a vehicle with special medical or surgical facilities. The mobile vet can perform basic surgical and diagnostic procedures. Mobile vets may work with nearby veterinary hospitals to work on more complicated procedures. Many large animal veterinarians operate mobile units only. The large animal veterinarian will visit the owner’s farm or stable. A veterinary technician may be responsible for stocking, organizing and maintaining the large animal mobile unit.

Social Advocacy Organizations – a veterinary technician may work with a non-profit organization or governmental agency that rescues animals. These organizations can include animal rights organizations, campaigns focused on animal testing, vegetarian-oriented groups, and governmental organizations that rescue lost animals.

One of the biggest animal rescue organizations is the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The ASPCA is the first and one of the largest animal humane societies in the world. The ASPCA works with animal shelters and pet owners to rescue animals into a no-kill environment to help vulnerable animals and keep pets in safe and loving homes. The largest animal rights organization in the world is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). PETA focuses on animals in the food industry, clothing trade, laboratories and entertainment industry.

Ready to start working as a veterinary technician? With an associate degree in veterinary technology, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills you need to start an entry-level career as a veterinary technician. Broadview University has been part of the community for more than 40 years, so we’ve developed connections that can help move your career forward. After completing our accredited degree program, you’ll be eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). Passing the VTNE allows you to become a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), a designation that will give you a competitive advantage when you enter the job market.

Contact us today to learn more about becoming a veterinary technician and working in veterinary technology.

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