What is a veterinary technologist?
Veterinary technologists help veterinarians treat and care for animals as part of the veterinary team. Their duties include performing laboratory tests, filling prescriptions, preparing animals for surgery, monitoring anaesthesia, assisting in surgical operations, and monitoring and evaluating clinical symptoms. They may also be asked to perform office duties such as completing medical records, writing reports, training new staff and providing customer service, accounting and invoicing duties.
Most veterinary technologists practice at private veterinary clinics, but they also work in many other areas of the animal health industry including:
- universities and research institutions
- diagnostic laboratories
- humane societies and pounds
- zoos and wildlife sanctuaries
- government services
- agriculture and veterinary laboratories
- boarding kennels
- pet stores
- feedlot operations
- horse boarding and training centers
- ranching and dairy companies
- pharmaceutical and medical supply companies
- animal food companies
Just like veterinarians, veterinary technologists are required to complete post-secondary education, successfully complete a national exam, and be registered with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association. Veterinary Technologists are also members of the Alberta Veterinary Technologist Association (ABVTA).
For registration information, visit the “Applicant” page.