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Area of Study: Health Sciences
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Health Sciences
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Veterinary Technology

Turn your love for animals into a career

As a veterinary technologist, you’ll help provide care for patients who aren’t able to say what’s wrong. Under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, students will perform a variety of tasks to treat and care for animals of all types and sizes. Austin Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program provides a comprehensive education and practical experience with nursing care, clinical laboratory procedures, radiology, anesthesiology, dental care, and surgical assistance. Upon completion students are ready to take state and national certification exams.

Career Information

One of the fastest-growing career fields in health sciences, veterinary technology offers a wide and increasing range of employment opportunities. Most opportunities in this fast-paced field are found in a clinical or hospital environment, but veterinary technicians can also find employment in more exotic settings such as a zoo, aquarium, or wildlife refuge.

Employment Opportunities

Veterinary technician in settings such as pet clinics, animal shelters, universities, zoos, and wildlife rehabilitation centers.

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Job Titles & Career Information

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
13.62 Hourly Wage 1074 Currently Employed
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.
1074 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians are employed. This number is expected to increase by 11.08 % over the next four years.
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Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
12.07 Hourly Wage 556 Currently Employed
Feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine post-operative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists.
556 Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 9.71 % over the next four years.
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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

Program Resources

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Program Maps

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Program Accreditations

Accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). For additional information about accreditation or complaints, contact the American Veterinary Medical Association at www.avma.org.

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Which award path is right for you?

ACC offers a variety of degree and certificate options to get you ready for the next step in your academic and career journey. Choosing the right award path is an important first step to reach your goals.

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