Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

    Arlington Heights

    Veterinary Technicians is one of the career choices for this career focus.
    Veterinary Technicians help vets treat and care for animals. They are true animal lovers who don't mind getting a bit dirty on the job.


    • Earnings Range: $21,000 – 50,000

    Level of Education

    • 2-Year College or Technical Training
    • 4-Year College or University

    Core Tasks

    • Restrain and handle animals during exams
    • Do blood tests and take x-rays
    • Monitor animals’ vital signs during surgery
    • Administer medications and change dressings
    • Provide information about animal care to owners

    Attributes & Abilities

    • Good with people
    • Patient
    • Compassionate
    • A love of animals


    • Work for animal hospitals, zoos, research facilities, shelters, horse farms, and kennels
    • Those who work with large animals usually work outdoors
    • The work can be unpleasant and dirty
    • At risk of bites, scratches, or kicks
    • Often work evenings and weekends

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    High School Certification Options in Fort Worth ISD

    Counted Towards Performance Acknowledgement:
    Texas Veterinary Medical Association’s Certified Veterinary Assistant;
    Texas Beef Quality Assurance (Texas Beef Council, Texas and SW Cattle Raisers Assoc AND Texas Agrilife Extension)

    Not Counted Towards Performance Acknowledgement:
    OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Certification