Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology and AssistingPeople who love to be around animals should consider pursuing a career as a veterinary technician. It can be very satisfying to help an animal struggling with a health problem or injury, but it can also be emotionally and physically exhausting. All veterinary technicians must complete an associate's program in veterinary technician studies.
Students of these programs receive traditional classroom instruction, but they also acquire practical experience by working with animals at a veterinary clinic. Students may take classes relating specifically to animals in the following subjects:
- Physiology and anatomy
- Clinic management
Veterinary technicians enjoy good job security. The BLS estimates job growth for veterinary technicians will increase quicker than the average rate of growth in other industries. In 2012, median wages for veterinary technicians were roughly $12.00 per hour, while those in the upper 10th percentile made over $17.00 per hour.
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