Veterinary Farm Technician

Veterinary technicians — whether working with farm or domestic animals — work under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Vet techs are equal to nurses in the medical profession. They can handle a lot of tasks, but they don't perform surgery, diagnose diseases, or prescribe medications.

The first thing they do is work closely with farmers and pet owners to get information about an animal. They can do initial physical exams, take blood cell counts, conduct urine analysis, fill prescriptions for the veterinarian, operate x-ray machines and develop x-rays, and assist veterinarians with surgery (just as a nurse assists a doctor). They also may manage staff schedules, hire employees, and take care of bookkeeping and inventory.

Like large animal veterinarians, there is a demand for veterinary technicians on farms and ranches. The job of veterinary technician is gaining more and more recognition. Salaries range anywhere between $35,000 and $60,000 a year, and depend on location.

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Veterinary technicians can get a two-year or four-year degree at an accredited college. Vet techs who specialize in farm animals also need hands-on clinical experience working with animals on a farm or ranch. Upon completion of school, they graduate as certified veterinary technicians. Others, who forgo the degree, can work as veterinary assistants, garner a few years of experience, and move up to become veterinary technicians.

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