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VETERINARY TECHNOLOGISTS AND TECHNICIANS
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Occupation Description:
 
  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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Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Restrain animals during exams or procedures.
  • Discuss medical health of pets with clients, such as post-operative status.
  • Schedule appointments and procedures for animals.
  • Administer anesthesia to animals, under the direction of a veterinarian, and monitor animals' responses to anesthetics so that dosages can be adjusted.
  • Care for and monitor the condition of animals recovering from surgery.
  • Prepare and administer medications, vaccines, serums, or treatments, as prescribed by veterinarians.
  • 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.
 
Skills:
 
 
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times..
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents..
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively..
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action..
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one..
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people..
 
Knowledge:
 
 
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment..
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications..
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures..
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology..
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects..
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Associate degree
 
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Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $39,483.00 $18.99 $14.17 $15.53 - $22.37
Bridgeport/Stamford $42,065.00 $20.22 $14.89 $16.09 - $23.61
Danbury $41,852.00 $20.12 $15.90 $16.81 - $22.80
Hartford $38,085.00 $18.31 $12.83 $14.32 - $22.04
New Haven $37,792.00 $18.17 $15.03 $15.82 - $19.55
New London/Norwich $42,774.00 $20.57 $14.74 $15.54 - $24.07
Waterbury $43,807.00 $21.06 $17.16 $17.81 - $23.48
Torrington $35,311.00 $16.97 $14.60 $15.60 - $18.74
      
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Occupation Outlook:
 
 
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2014 2024
State of Connecticut 1,600 1,880 1.6% 44
 
 
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow much faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
Key:
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
 
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