Veterinary technicians usually work for private practices such as animal hospitals and animal clinics. They can also work in the research area. Vet techs cannot make diagnosis or prescribe medications.
While in the examination room, the veterinary technician acquires the information that is needed by the veterinarian to make a diagnosis or decisions on how to treat the pet. The vet tech takes the pet’s temperature, weight and medical history.
Veterinary technicians may do minor procedures such as preparing the pet for surgery, dental cleaning, taking specimens. The vet tech puts the instruments out for surgery and sterilizes them after surgery.
A veterinary technician is responsible for teaching the owner how to administer medications, how to take care of wound dressings, what to look for to prevent infections and to make sure that follow-up appointments are made. Veterinary technicians take x-rays, electrocardiograms, blood samples and so forth. They make sure that equipment is in working order.