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Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

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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Skills Needed

69%

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.

69%

Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

63%

Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

63%

Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

60%

Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

56%

Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

53%

Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

53%

Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

53%

Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

53%

Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

53%

Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

50%

Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

50%

Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

50%

Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

47%

Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

47%

Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

47%

Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

47%

Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

47%

Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

44%

Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

41%

Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.

41%

Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

41%

Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

38%

Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

38%

Management of Material Resources - Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.

35%

Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

35%

Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

31%

Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

28%

Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

25%

Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

22%

Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

19%

Technology Design - Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

19%

Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

16%

Programming - Writing computer programs for various purposes.

0%

Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Wages

This following graph displays the lower, median and upper income potential of the job.

 
  • Lower Income Salary $24k
  • Median Income Salary$38k
  • Upper Income Salary $59k

Employment Projections for this Job

 

Education Pathway

High school courses

  • Below A rigorous high school STEM education - versus the minimum required for graduation - prepares students to come up with creative solutions to tough problems, better preparing them for college and new careers.

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Degree Levels Offered

    • Veterinary Technology-AAS

    Links to Schools and Programs

    Education by degree The following are the total graduates from all the Nevada System of Higher Education institutions in 2014-2015 school year.

    • 13

      Associate's Degree