In the United States and many other modernized societies, students of colleges, universities and trade schools have the option of earning an advanced certificate or degree in the study of Veterinary Science. The degree is known to many as a Paraveterinary or Veterinary Technician professional. The responsibility of a Vet Tech is to assist the primary Veterinary in the performance of duties. Qualified paraveterinary workers perform a wide variety of practices, including minor surgery, record keeping, immediate wound management, vital signs and so forth.
Veterinary Technicians require an advanced education, dependent on the area of animal science they wish to work under. Not only are Vet-Techs subject to state and national examinations, but other legalities apply to professionals in the industry. Many veterinary office employ educated, skilled assistants to assist in daily tasks associated with a successful and efficient animal health establishment.
Higher level veterinary technicians are likely to have both a formal education and documented qualifications earned from an accredited institution or the American Veterinary Medical Association. Many professionals in the industry refer to veterinary assistants and technicians as ‘veterinary nurses’ to succinctly describe the job position in reference to the human nurses, performing similar tasks. As of recently, strict standards of education and experience are being enforced in the animal health field, and many new students and graduates will be well prepared with the critical knowledge and skills needed to enter the competitive career field.
Graduates of a certificate program, an Associates degree or a Bachelors degree may use the academic foundation to pursue further educational goals when seeking positions as Veterinarians, which can also delve into many concentrations such as: emergency & critical care, anesthesiology, dentistry, small animal internal medicine, large animal internal medicine, cardiology, oncology, neurology, zoological medicine, equine veterinary nursing, surgery, behavior, nutrition, clinical practice (canine/feline, exotic companion animal, and production animal sub-specialties) and clinical pathology.