Great Employment Opportunities

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment  for Veterinary Technicians and Technologists to grow by 19 percent from 2014-2024.

Skilled Technicians Needed

Biomedical facilities, diagnostic laboratories, public health, wildlife facilities, humane societies, animal control facilities, food animal agriculture, drug or food manufacturing companies, and food safety inspection facilities will provide more jobs for veterinary technicians. Furthermore, demand for these workers will stem from the desire to replace veterinary assistants with more highly skilled technicians in animal clinics and hospitals, shelters, kennels, and humane societies.

Veterinary Team/Career Track Comparisons

 Career Category


Veterinary Assistant


Veterinary Technician


Veterinary Technologists


Pre-Vet Students






Generalist in animal care; Clinical aide.


Nursing Technician with technical veterinary medical skills


Technologist in veterinary science and technology


Student – career preparation


Diagnostician and surgeon




Performs minor technical tasks, general animal care and restraint


Performs wide range of technical nursing and laboratory procedures


Plans and executes projects. Supervises and teaches


Gaining admittance to veterinary school


Diagnoses diseases Prognoses outcomes
Prescribes treatment
Performs surgery




High School, correspondence courses


Basic science and animal nursing and veterinary technology courses


Advanced areas of veterinary technology, management and science.


Two year (63-81 credit hours minimum)


Veterinary medicine and surgery




On-the-job trained; no degree


Associate of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology


BS Degree,veterinary technology major


BS Degree (optional) in second year career choice after four years


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)




None required


Two-year AVMA accredited program


Four-year program, 128 credits required


Two to four years


Four-year Veterinary Medical School


Possible Roles


Animal Caretaker
Technician’s Assistant
Veterinarian’s Assistant


Surgical/ORT Tech
Radiographic Tech


Clinical Specialist
Working Supervisor
Practice Manager
Teaching Technologist


Undergraduate student usually in Agriculture or Science (can be any other major); Veterinary assistant in summers


Veterinary Practitioner Research Scientist
Public Health Officer
Industrial Veterinarian