Veterinary technicians are trained in the care and handling of animals, the basic principles of normal and abnormal physiology, and in routine diagnostic and therapeutic clinical procedures. Veterinary technicians work under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, performing a wide variety of tasks, but they cannot diagnose, prescribe, perform surgery, or engage in any activity prohibited by a state's veterinary practice act.
Veterinary technicians perform the job of a nurse, laboratory technician, anesthetist, surgical assistant, x-ray technician, pharmacy technician and more. Like veterinarians, they are trained to work with several species of animals. Some of the tasks that a veterinary technician might perform include: obtain and record patient case histories; collect specimens and perform laboratory procedures; provide specialized nursing care; prepare animals, instruments, and equipment for surgery; assist in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures; expose and develop radiographs (x-rays); advise and educate animal owners; supervise and train practice personnel; and perform dental cleaning procedures.
Once credentialed, veterinary technicians can also specialize in a particular discipline. Specialties include dentistry, anesthesia, surgery, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, clinical pathology, nutrition, equine nursing and zoological medicine.
The Veterinary Technology Program at Austin Community College will prepare students to function as Veterinary Technicians in a wide variety of settings. The curriculum includes classroom and laboratory clinical coursework as well as external learning experiences in a number of different types of veterinary facilities.
Patience, compassion, organizational skills and a desire to be a part of a veterinary health care team are essential traits for a veterinary technician.
Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Veterinary Technology Program. Admission criteria have been established and enrollment is limited.
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