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 If you love animals and want to pursue a career in the veterinary field, a veterinary technician associate's degree might be perfect for you. With this degree you could work as a veterinary technician and possibly be promoted to a supervisor’s position. As part of this program you have to take classes on the following subjects, veterinary terminology, physiology, pharmacology, anesthesia, nursing, lab procedures, imaging, handling of companion animals and exotic pets. You will also be required to carry out practical work with an actual veterinarian in order to prepare for credential examinations that you have to sit in most states.

General Outline

In a veterinary technician associate's degree program you be trained to carry out such vital tasks as collecting patient histories and specimens, keeping patients calm and under control, identifying illnesses, aiding veterinarians with exams and surgery and giving anesthesia. You will most likely find work in a private practice but there are often job openings at zoos, wildlife refuges, humane societies, kennels, shelters, and research facilities.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

When you graduate from a veterinary technician associate's degree program you will probably find work in one of these areas. You also have the option to become a supervisor and seek further education, using your associates as a means to do this, and specialize in area that may be characterized by a higher salary.

The figures beside the job are the average annual salaries according to The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics ( for August 2007:

Veterinary Technician: $35,567

Job Market Climate

According to predictions made by to The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (, employment opportunities for veterinary technicians will expand much quicker than the average for other types of work into 2014. This will because of factors such as a growth in the need for veterinary technicians, the retirement of working technicians or changes in career made by them.

Required Classes

As mentioned above these are among the classes required,

  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Veterinary Terminology
  • Handling of Companion Animals and Exotic Pets
  • Anesthesia
  • Nursing
  • Lab Procedures
  • Imaging


Skills Gained

When you earn a veterinary technician associate's degree you will have the ability and aptitude to look after veterinary patients in safe, ethical and skillful manner. You will be able to work ably while carrying out examinations and treatment, rendering a diagnosis or completing lab tests. You will also be required to work in the office and have a professional rapport with animal owners.

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