San Joaquin Valley College

3828 W Caldwell Ave. 
Visalia CA 93277 

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Veterinary Technician

Veterinary technologists and technicians are supervised by licensed veterinarians who perform medical tests to help diagnose animals’ illnesses and injuries. Depending on the work environment, a vet tech’s job description may include care, clinical, and laboratory tasks. Additional vet tech responsibilities consist of:

  • Checking the condition of an animal and observing its behavior
  • Administering first aid to injured animals
  • Grooming animals such as bathing, brushing, cutting hair, and trimming nails
  • Restraining animals during exams and procedures
  • Prepping animals and equipment for surgery
  • Creating and maintaining animal case histories
  • Performing diagnostic testing like taking X-rays, laboratory tests, blood counts, and more

Technicians who work with small animal practitioners may help care for a variety of animals such as cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, and mice. Duties may include administering medications (where permitted), conducting various diagnostic and laboratory tests like heartworm and urinalysis, and recording an animal’s weight, diet, symptoms of illness, and signs of pain.

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