12 Jobs for Veterinary Technicians

12 Jobs for Vet Techs
12 Jobs for Vet Techs

12 Jobs for Veterinary Technicians

Veterinary technicians are responsible for assisting licensed veterinarians with a variety of tasks. When enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program at YTI, you'll learn many valuable skills. Some of these include:

  • Skeletal and muscular anatomy
  • Veterinary terminology
  • Synthesis and function of macromolecules
  • Caloric and nutrient requirements
  • Lymphatic and immune systems
  • Animal welfare regulations and ethics issues

With the knowledge gained in this program, students have the necessary skills to jump into the veterinary career field after graduation. Potential career paths may include jobs as a certified veterinary technician in the following areas:

Small animal general practice

  • Client education
  • Vaccine administration
  • Restraint
  • Venipuncture
  • Record keeping
  • Filling prescriptions
  • Taking radiographs

Emergency practice

  • Gathering patient vital signs
  • Placing IV catheters
  • Caring for hospitalized patients
  • Administering IV medications

Surgical hospital

  • Prepping patients for anesthesia
  • Monitoring anesthesia
  • Recovering patients from anesthesia

Specialty practice (job duties will vary based on the type of specialty practice)

  • Cardiology
  • Oncology
  • Dentistry
  • Orthopedic
  • Surgical
  • Rehabilitation
  • Internal medicine
  • Dermatology

Large animal practice

  • Assisting the large animal veterinarian with procedures
  • Restraint
  • Venipuncture
  • Surgical assisting


  • Perform daily care for animals
  • Maintain clean habitats and living areas
  • Monitor the health and wellbeing of animals
  • Record and track health signs


  • Assisting in disease control efforts
  • Care for service animals

Research Labs

  • Caring for the animals in a research setting
  • Adhering to strict protocols for handling and testing

Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Teaching vet hospitals about new products
  • Hosting information sessions

Pet Insurance Industry

  • Customer service
  • Client interaction
  • Evaluating claim submissions

Teaching at a veterinary or technician school

  • Teaching students the skills necessary to be successful in their field
  • Evaluating students
  • Caring for program animals

Practice Manager

  • Overseeing veterinary hospital management

Interested in a Career as a Veterinary Technician?

The Veterinary Technician (vet tech) program at YTI Career Institute (YTI) can be completed 100% through distance education modalities in 20 months. With lecture and lab fully online and clinical externships performed at approved sites near you, the vet tech program may be a great option for those with busy schedules.

To learn more about the Veterinary Technician program, visit the program description page. If you're ready to enroll, apply through our online application portal.