Jobs & Employment
Job opportunities in this profession are expected to be excellent. Currently, veterinary technician is the fastest growing associate’s degree level profession in the state of Washington, with expected position growth of 35% during the 2004-2014 decade. About 95 percent of program graduates are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $35,069, with an earning potential of about $38,709 per year.*
Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.
Veterinary technicians typically conduct clinical work in a private practice under the supervision of a veterinarian, performing various medical tests in a laboratory setting along with treating medical conditions and diseases in animals.
They may work in research facilities, where they may administer medications orally or topically, prepare samples for laboratory examinations, and record information on an animal’s genealogy, diet, weight, medications, food intake, and clinical signs of pain and distress. They may also work with other scientists in medical-related fields such as gene therapy and cloning. Other opportunities exist in biomedical research, wildlife medicine, the military, livestock management, education, or pharmaceutical sales.