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Veterinary Technician

Veterinary technicians assist veterinarians in the care of animals. They may perform an initial evaluation of the animal's condition, clean and wrap wounds, check vital statistics, collect samples and administer medication. They also perform basic lab work, including urinalysis and blood tests, and may assist with procedures such as teeth cleaning.


Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary assistants care for animals under the supervision of a veterinarian or veterinary technician. They're responsible for feeding, bathing, and exercising the animals, and they restrain them during examinations and treatment. Vet assistants sometimes also perform lab work, such as drawing blood and collecting urine samples.

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Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Technician
Education: Certificate
Annual mean wage: $35,750
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