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Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
District Of Columbia

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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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Currently Employed: 51

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $13.41 - $20.15

Typical Annual Salary: $27,900 - $41,900

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Care for and monitor the condition of animals recovering from surgery.
  • Maintain controlled drug inventory and related log books.
  • Administer anesthesia to animals, under the direction of a veterinarian, and monitor animals' responses to anesthetics so that dosages can be adjusted.
  • Restrain animals during exams or procedures.
  • Administer emergency first aid, such as performing emergency resuscitation or other life saving procedures.
  • Observe the behavior and condition of animals and monitor their clinical symptoms.
  • Perform laboratory tests on blood, urine, or feces, such as urinalyses or blood counts, to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems.
  • Prepare and administer medications, vaccines, serums, or treatments, as prescribed by veterinarians.
  • Clean and sterilize instruments, equipment, or materials.
  • Collect, prepare, and label samples for laboratory testing, culture, or microscopic examination.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Animal catching devices
  • Animal husbandry equipment
  • Emergency medical services suction units or accessories
  • Laryngoscopes or accessories
  • Medical syringe with needle

Technology:
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Medical software
  • Office suite software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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