Individuals who want to work with large animals but don’t want to become a veterinarian can become a large animal veterinary technician.
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Large animal vet techs work with cows, horses, goats, sheep, and pigs. They help care for these animals by giving vaccinations, taking X-rays, and performing other tests. They also help during surgeries. If you love working with large animals and want to help them stay healthy, this might be the perfect career for you!
The Job Description
As a large animal vet tech, you will be responsible for the medical care of large animals such as cows, horses, pigs, and sheep. You will work with the veterinarian to provide vaccinations, conduct medical examinations, take X-rays, and perform other medical procedures. You will also be responsible for the daily care of the animals, such as feeding and watering them, and cleaning their pens. In some cases, you may also be responsible for transporting the animals to and from the vet’s office.
The Educational Requirements
There are a few ways that one can become a large animal vet tech. The first is to have a minimum of two years of undergraduate education in an animal science or related field and to have taken the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). The second way is to have completed a Veterinary Technician Associate’s Degree program from an accredited institution and to have taken and passed the VTNE. The third way is to have completed a Veterinary Technician Bachelor’s Degree program from an accredited institution. There are also certificate programs available from some colleges.
In order to become certified, one must graduate from an accredited veterinary technology program and pass the national examination administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). Certification allows you to use the title ‘Registered Veterinary Technician’ or ‘Certified Veterinary Technician’, and allows you to work in most states.
In order to become a licensed Large Animal Veterinary Technician, you will need to earn a passing score on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). In order to be eligible to take the VTNE, you must first graduate from an accredited veterinary technology program. Once you have completed the necessary education and training requirements and have passed the VTNE, you will then need to apply to your state’s veterinary licensing board for licensure. Each state has different requirements for licensure, so it is important that you check with your state’s veterinary licensing board to find out what is required in order to become a licensed Large Animal Veterinary Technician in your state.
The median large animal veterinary technician salary is $33,280, which means that half of all workers in this field earn less than this amount and half earn more. The top 10 percent of all large animal vet techs earn more than $48,320 annually, while the bottom 10 percent make less than $24,950.
The Pros and Cons
Pros: Variety of Work, Hands-On Experience, Save Animals’ Lives
Cons: Long Hours, Difficult Work Conditions, Emotional Strain
We hope that this guide has given you a better understanding of what it takes to become a large animal vet tech. The path to this career is not an easy one, but it is definitely worth it for those who are passionate about animal care. If you have the dedication and drive to succeed, then there is no reason why you cannot achieve your goals.