technologists are an
Integral part of the Veterinary Team
Veterinary Technologists (“VTs”) are taught to take blood, give medication and ensure patients receive the best possible care. In some ways the best way to describe the profession is a nurse who works for a veterinarian. That being said, this description also completely sells the profession short. In truth, the average technologist works as an anesthesiologist, x-ray technician, dental hygienist, laboratory technologist, groomer, surgical assistant, kennel cleaner, emotional therapist for owners and pets, receptionist, nutritional counselor and so much more.
They are often doing tasks such as running lab tests, taking x-rays or drawing blood, which in turn frees up the veterinarian to do other work.
Not all VTs work in a veterinary clinic. You can find VTs working in zoos, research, animal shelters, wildlife rehabilitation centers, diagnostic laboratories, and for the government (such as Manitoba Agriculture and Canadian Food Inspection Agency).
They also work as animal protection officers, instructors, pet insurance representatives, clinic managers, pet food representatives, behaviorist’s, animal feed specialists and pharmaceutical representatives.