Veterinary technicians, often called simply vet techs, assist veterinarians in a variety of animal care facilities. Duties for vet techs typically include hands-on work with animals, including assisting veterinarians with common procedures such as dental care, diagnostic examinations, surgical procedures and the administration of anesthesia. Vet techs may also serve as a liaison between the vet and pet owners, providing education and information, or assist with lab procedures and administration of the veterinary office.
Veterinary technician programs in Connecticut help provide students with knowledge of animal physiology and anatomy, as well as the skills necessary to work in a range of veterinary environments. These programs can also prepare students for the Veterinary Technician National Examination, an exam that is part of the credentialing procedure in many states.
Vet tech degree programs help prepare students to work in veterinary practices, hospitals and clinics, zoos, animal sanctuaries, kennels, farms, biomedical research facilities or university laboratories. These programs typically provide students with training in laboratory techniques, surgical procedures and general animal care, and may also offer opportunities for hands-on field experience through externships or clinical work in veterinary clinics or hospitals.
While enrolled in a veterinary technician training program, students can expect to learn about:
Veterinary technician programs usually require two years of class work and field experience by full-time students. Prerequisite courses and other preparatory work that must be completed before entering the program may take another year to complete.
To prepare for a vet tech program, students typically need to have taken introductory college-level courses in biology and chemistry, and because the job can be physically demanding, some programs recommend that students be able to lift weights of at least 50 pounds and be in good health overall.
Graduates of AVMA-accredited veterinary technician programs may choose to become certified by taking and passing the Veterinary Technician National Examination. This certification is required for licensure in some states, but in Connecticut, the certification is voluntary and not required for employment as a vet tech.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Connecticut. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.
Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Vet Techs relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 23.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org
Annual Median Salary
|Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford||620||$49,340|