Careers in the Licensed Professions

Veterinary Technician

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Veterinary technicians carry out medical orders prescribed by a supervising veterinarian. These licensed professionals may perform a variety of functions to assist veterinarians and help the animals in their care. Examples of services:

  • prepare and give medications
  • take x-rays and collect specimens for lab analysis
  • induce and maintain anesthesia
  • assist with medical, dental, and surgical procedures


High school diploma, or the equivalent


At least an 18-month (two academic years) diploma or degree from a Department-registered veterinary technology licensure program, or the equivalent.


Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE)

Visit the Office of the Professions for a listing of all options and requirements.




Salary and Projected Growth

  • Median salary: $34,420 in the U.S., $42,320 in NY
  • Salary range: $32,530-$49,650
  • Projected growth: much faster than average

Where Could I Work?

  • Private clinics and hospitals
  • Farms and ranches
  • Research and education
  • Government agencies
  • Animal shelters, zoos and aquariums

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Work with animals
  • Basic sciences
  • Perform medical procedures
  • Manual and technical skills

Professional Skills

  • Concern for animals and people
  • Ethical standards
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication

What Interests You?

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Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to a veterinary technicain about what they do and how they got started!

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Last Updated: January 14, 2020