The field of veterinary technology is an ever-growing, dynamic area of veterinary medicine. The licensed veterinary technician plays a pivotal role as part of the veterinary team. Graduates of the LaGuardia Community College veterinary technology program find jobs as licensed veterinary technicians (LVTs) in a wide variety of settings. These include privately owned or corporate veterinary practices, research institutions, animal shelters, regulatory organizations, zoos and industry. More information on a career in Veterinary Technology can be found at: www.NAVTA.net
In small and large animal practice settings the licensed veterinary technician assists the veterinarian performing tasks including general animal care, anesthesia, surgical assistance, medical treatment, laboratory testing and radiography. The veterinary technician also functions as a behavioral, nutritional and general client counselor. The job responsibilities of the licensed veterinary technician may also extend into practice management.
Licensed veterinary technicians also work as laboratory animal technicians in research and teaching institutions. In these settings they care for a wide variety of species, including rodents, carnivores, herbivores, and non-human primates.
Exemplary licensed veterinary technicians with an interest in specialization can go on to pursue advancement in specific areas of the veterinary technology field. The NAVTA Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties (CVTS) oversees the Veterinary Technician Specialties. There are currently 16 Veterinary Technician Specialties (VTS) in areas such as dentistry, anesthesia, emergency and critical care, anesthesia, behavior, internal medicine, zoo medicine, surgical technology, equine technology, and clinical pathology. More information on the CVTS and specialty certifications can be found at: https://www.navta.net/specialties/specialties.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , the number of veterinary technologists and technicians is expected to grow by 20% from 2016- 2026.
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