Veterinary Technologists and Technicians ·  Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.

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Licensing Information ·   Veterinary Animal Technician

Licensing Description:
An applicant may be issued a license to qualified applicants pending examination results, completion of veterinary candidacy program accredited by the AVMA, and applicant is working under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Contact licensing board for additional information.

Licensing Agency:
Division Of Professional Registration
Missouri State Veterinary Medical Board
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 633
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0633

Licensing History:  

RegionNumber of active licenses in 2012
The Southwest Region14

Occupational Tasks ·  Administer anesthesia to animals, under the direction of a veterinarian, and monitor animals' responses to anesthetics so that dosages can be adjusted.
· Care for and monitor the condition of animals recovering from surgery.
· Prepare and administer medications, vaccines, serums, and treatments, as prescribed by veterinarians.
· Perform laboratory tests on blood, urine, and feces, such as urinalyses and blood counts, to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems.
· Administer emergency first aid, such as performing emergency resuscitation or other life saving procedures.
· Collect, prepare, and label samples for laboratory testing, culture, or microscopic examination.
· Clean and sterilize instruments, equipment, and materials.
· Provide veterinarians with the correct equipment and instruments, as needed.
· Fill prescriptions, measuring medications and labeling containers.
· Prepare animals for surgery, performing such tasks as shaving surgical areas.
· Take animals into treatment areas, and assist with physical examinations by performing such duties as obtaining temperature, pulse, and respiration data.
· Observe the behavior and condition of animals, and monitor their clinical symptoms.
· Take and develop diagnostic radiographs, using x-ray equipment.
· Maintain laboratory, research, and treatment records, as well as inventories of pharmaceuticals, equipment, and supplies.
· Give enemas and perform catheterizations, ear flushes, intravenous feedings, and gavages.
· Prepare treatment rooms for surgery.
· Maintain instruments, equipment, and machinery to ensure proper working condition.
· Perform dental work such as cleaning, polishing, and extracting teeth.
· Clean kennels, animal holding areas, surgery suites, examination rooms, and animal loading/unloading facilities to control the spread of disease.
· Provide information and counseling regarding issues such as animal health care, behavior problems, and nutrition.
· Provide assistance with animal euthanasia and the disposal of remains.
· Dress and suture wounds, and apply splints and other protective devices.
· Perform a variety of office, clerical, and accounting duties, such as reception, billing, bookkeeping, or selling products.
· Bathe animals, clip nails or claws, and brush and cut animals' hair.

Educational Requirements: ·  Associate degree

Occupational Skill Set
Skill Relevance
·  Active Listening 91%
·  Reading Comprehension 79%
·  Speaking 77%
·  Critical Thinking 73%
·  Mathematics 72%
·  Active Learning 72%
·  Learning Strategies 71%
·  Instructing 70%
·  Time Management 68%
·  Science 68%