The following web site at the US Department of Labor features the Occupational Outlook for veterinary technologists and technicians. Job prospects are excellent for you. The number of graduates is not expected to meet demand.
The next paragraph is a direct quote from the article.
“Veterinary technologists also will enjoy excellent job opportunities due to the relatively few graduates from 4- year programs—about 500 annually. However, unlike veterinary technicians who usually work in private clinical practice, veterinary technologists will have better opportunities for research jobs in a variety of settings, including biomedical facilities, diagnostic laboratories, wildlife facilities, drug and food manufacturing companies, and food safety inspection facilities.”
This message is only to encourage you that you have chosen an excellent career, and to encourage you to look at all the opportunities that will come your way.
The traditional career of a veterinary technician usually involves going to work in a small animal, large animal or mixed animal veterinary practice. With the emergence of specialties there are many more options to choose from. There are clinics specializing in ophthalmics, orthopedics, equines, exotics and emergency medicine, to name a few, and all of them are hiring both two-year and four-year graduate veterinary technicians. Some of you will probably focusing on working in a private veterinary practice, which is good.
A Bachelors Degree in Veterinary Technology opens many different opportunities for the veterinary technician. Positions in teaching, industry, research, government, zoos and private business can be obtained. Our students have found rewarding careers in pharmaceutical sales, dog day care ownership, USDA, and teaching in veterinary and veterinary technology programs. These jobs are usually looking for someone with a BS or higher degree.
The Veterinary Technology program at NDSU maintains a Current Job Openings page in which all announcements are kept and can be viewed by anyone with access to this web site. There are also a number of web sites dedicated to helping veterinary technicians find jobs. Those sites can be viewed on the NAVTA web site, under Career Development. Click on the words NAVTA web site to access this site.
If you are an employer with a job opening, you can email our site manager, Deb Thomson. She will post your Job Opening on this website. Openings are removed 4-6 weeks after they are listed. Please let her know if you would like the opening re-posted or removed early.
Salaries vary for both the veterinarian and the veterinary technician. The average hourly wage for most new veterinary technology graduates is between $10 and $15 per hour. Depending on the area of the country you plan on living the salaries can be higher or lower. We encourage our students to fill out a comprehensive budget plan, which is provided to them, in order to determine what they need for a salary to make a living. With the shortage of graduate technicians there is enough competition to drive salaries higher and to have some bargaining power if more than one employer is seeking to hire you. With a BS degree in veterinary technology you will also qualify to apply for many jobs in business, industry, research and government.
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