Veterinary Assistants and Animal Health Technologi 


Veterinary Assistants and Animal Health Technologists provide technical support to veterinarians by caring for animals and assisting in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health disorders.


Work: Animal Health Technologists perform some or all of the following duties: , Handle, restrain and care for animals undergoing treatment and surgery; Perform radiography and other laboratory tests to assist in diagnosis of animal health problems; Assist veterinarian during surgery by preparing surgical equipment and administering and monitoring anaesthetics; Prepare and administer medications and vaccines under direction of veterinarian; Administer treatments as prescribed by a veterinarian; Conduct specialized procedures such as animal identification, dehorning and hoof trimming; Counsel clients on animal health care; Conduct and assist in laboratory research.

Title Examples: Animal Care Technician, Animal Health Technologist, Laboratory Animal Technician, Veterinary Assistant

Degrees associated with this career: Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor

Requirements: Completion of a two-year animal health technician or veterinary technician college program or a three-year veterinary technologist college program is required. , Registration with provincial animal health technologists' associations is available, but is only required for animal health technologists in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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