CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Veterinary Technicians and Technologists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Vetrinary
Benchmark Title: Veterinary Technicians and Technologists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. 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.
 
Conduct specialized procedures such as animal branding or tattooing, and hoof trimming.
 
Maintain controlled drug inventory and related log books.
 
Supervise and train veterinary students and other staff members.
 
Monitor medical supplies and place orders when inventory is low.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Vetrinary
Benchmark Title: Veterinary Technicians and Technologists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Vetrinary
Benchmark Title: Veterinary Technicians and Technologists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Vetrinary
Benchmark Title: Veterinary Technicians and Technologists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Vetrinary
Benchmark Title: Veterinary Technicians and Technologists
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Animal Intelligence Software Animal Intelligence Medical software
 
FileMaker Pro software Data base user interface and query software
 
McAllister Software Systems AVImark Medical software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Veterinary practice management software PMS Medical software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Adult Magill forceps Intubation forceps
 
Adult non-rebreather oxygen masks Medical oxygen masks or parts
 
Adult stylets Intubation stylets
 
Aerosol nebulizers Nebulizers or accessories
 
Airway suction units Emergency medical services suction units or accessories
 
Ambu bags Resuscitation masks or accessories
 
Ambulances Ambulances
 
Anesthesia syringes Medical syringes with needles
 
Animal capture nets Animal catching devices
 
Animal catching poles Animal catching devices
 
Animal electrocardiograph ECG units Veterinary electrocardiograph ECG
 
Animal nail trimmers Veterinary nail trimmers or cutters
 
Animal snares Animal catching devices
 
Anti shock garments Anti shock garments
 
Arterial line catheters Arterial line catheters
 
Artificial airway holders Artificial airway holders
 
Automated chemistry analyzers Chemistry analyzers
 
Automated diluters Laboratory diluters
 
Balling guns Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories
 
Battery-powered portable suction units Emergency medical services suction units or accessories
 
Benchtop centrifuges Benchtop centrifuges
 
Bite gloves Protective gloves
 
Blood collection syringes Blood collection syringes
 
Blood gas analyzers Blood gas analyzers
 
Blood pressure recorders Blood pressure recording units
 
Blood tubes Non vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
 
Bovine tail restraints Restraints
 
Bulb syringes Medical aspiration or irrigation syringes
 
Capture rifles Air rifles or air handguns
 
Cardboard splints Orthopedic splint systems
 
Cardiac monitors Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories
 
Cattle chutes Animal husbandry equipment
 
Child oxygen masks Medical oxygen masks or parts
 
Coagulation analyzers Coagulation analyzers
 
Computed tomography CT scanners Medical computed tomography CT or CAT scanners or tubes
 
Cricothyrotomy kits Emergency medical services tracheal tube or cricothyrotomy kits
 
Curved adult blades Laryngoscopes or accessories
 
Curved pediatric blades Laryngoscopes or accessories
 
Dart guns Air rifles or air handguns
 
Dehorners Animal husbandry equipment
 
Dental explorers Dental probes
 
Dental handpieces Dental hand pieces or accessories
 
Dental probes Dental probes
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Differential blood cell counters Manual or electronic hematology differential cell counters
 
Digital cameras Digital cameras
 
Digital veterinary thermometers Veterinary clinical thermometers
 
Digital x ray equipment Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use
 
Electric animal clippers Animal shearing or clipping equipment
 
Electrocardiography EKG units Electrocardiography EKG units
 
Electronic animal scales Animal weighing scales
 
Electronic blood cell counters Manual or electronic hematology differential cell counters
 
Electrosurgery units Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment or accessories or related products
 
Endotracheal ET tubes Endotracheal tubes
 
Enema equipment Enema kits or accessories
 
Enteral feeding equipment Enteral feeding administration sets
 
Epi-pens Hypodermic injection apparatus or accessories
 
Esophageal intubation detection devices Intubation gauges or guides
 
Esophageal tracheal airway devices Esophageal tubes
 
Evacuated blood collection tubes Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
 
External pacers Cardiac pacemaker generators or implantable defibrillators or accessories
 
Fixed-oxygen equipment Medical gas cylinders or related devices
 
Fixed-suction equipment Emergency medical services suction units or accessories
 
Gas sterilizers Chemical or gas sterilizers
 
Glucometers Glucose monitors or meters
 
Handheld refractometers Handheld refractometers or polarimeters
 
Head halters Harnesses or its accessories
 
Head immobilization devices Emergency medical services head immobilizers
 
Hemocytometers Hemocytometers
 
Hoof picks Animal husbandry equipment
 
Hoof trimmers Veterinary nail trimmers or cutters
 
Humidification equipment Nebulizers or accessories
 
Hypodermic needles Hypodermic needles
 
Hypodermic syringes Medical syringes with needles
 
Infant oxygen masks Medical oxygen masks or parts
 
Infusion sets Analgesic infusion sets or kits
 
Interlink syringe cannulas Needleless intraveneous injection syringe sets or injection cannulas
 
Intraosseous kits Emergency medical services intravenous IV kits
 
Intravenous IV administration sets Intravenous tubing with catheter administration kits
 
Intravenous IV cannulas Intravenous or arterial cannulas or accessories
 
Intravenous IV pressure infusers Intravenous infusion pumps for general use
 
Intravenous IV pumps Intravenous infusion pumps for general use
 
Laboratory mechanical convection incubators Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators
 
Laboratory scales Laboratory balances
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Laryngoscopes Laryngoscopes or accessories
 
Lead aprons Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes
 
Lead gloves Medical radiological shielding gloves
 
Lead thyroid collars Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes
 
Limb restraints Extremity restraints
 
Linear accelerator equipment Mobile or transportable medical linear accelerators
 
Long arm boards Intravenous or arterial arm boards
 
Magnetic resonance imaging MRI systems Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners
 
Manual darkroom developing equipment Medical x ray darkroom equipment or supplies
 
Mechanical intermittent positive pressure ventilators Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines
 
Mechanical stethoscopes Mechanical stethoscopes or accessories
 
Medical anti-shock trousers MAST Anti shock garments
 
Microhematocrit centrifuges Microcentrifuges
 
Microscope slides Microscope slides
 
Multi-level wheeled cots Emergency response litters or stretchers or accessories
 
Multiple dose syringes Medical syringes with needles
 
Muzzles Muzzles
 
Nasopharyngeal airways Nasopharyngeal tubes
 
Nebulizers Nebulizers or accessories
 
Nose tongs Restraints
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Obstetrical OB kits Emergency medical services obstetrics kits
 
One-way valve pocket masks Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR protective shields or masks
 
Ophthalmic tonometers Ophthalmic tonometers or accessories
 
Ophthalmoscopes Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets
 
Optical compound microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
 
Osmometers Osmometers
 
Otoscopes Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets
 
Oxygen administration equipment Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies
 
Oxygen nasal cannulae Medical nasal cannulae
 
Periodontal curettes Periodontal curettes
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Portable cardiac monitors Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories
 
Portable oxygen equipment Medical gas cylinders or related devices
 
Portable veterinary x ray equipment Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use
 
Preload syringes Hypodermic injection apparatus or accessories
 
Prophylaxis angles Dental finishing or polishing discs
 
Protective face shields Medical staff isolation or surgical masks
 
Pulse oximeters Pulse oximeter units
 
Radiation detecting film badges Medical radiation films or badges
 
Respiration monitors Respiratory monitoring kits or its accessories
 
Resuscitation devices Emergency resuscitator or aspirator kits
 
Rigid splints Orthopedic splint systems
 
Ring cutters Finger ring removers
 
Saline locks Intravenous or arterial tubing adapters or connectors or locks or caps or protectors
 
Scalp vein needles Butterfly needles
 
Semiautomated or automatic external defibrillators AED Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
 
Short arm boards Intravenous or arterial arm boards
 
Sledgehammers Hammers
 
Specimen collection containers Specimen collectors
 
Splints Orthopedic splint systems
 
Squeeze cages Cages or its accessories
 
Stair chairs Emergency response litters or stretchers or accessories
 
Stationary veterinary x ray equipment Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use
 
Steam autoclaves Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
 
Straight adult blades Laryngoscopes or accessories
 
Straight pediatric blades Laryngoscopes or accessories
 
Stretchers Patient stretchers or stretcher accessories
 
Surgical calipers Surgical calipers or rulers
 
Surgical retractors Surgical retractors for general use
 
Surgical scalpels Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories
 
Suture needles Suture needles
 
Suture scissors Suture removers
 
Tablet computers Tablet computers
 
Telemetry units Electrocardiography EKG transmitter or telemetry or accessories
 
Tourniquets Tourniquets
 
Transtracheal jet insufflators Oxygen insufflator or its accessories
 
Triage tags Emergency medical services triage tags
 
Ultrasonic blood pressure monitors Veterinary blood pressure testers
 
Ultrasonic dental scalers Dental scalers or accessories
 
Ultrasonic instrument cleaners Ultrasonic cleaning equipment
 
Urinary catheters Urinary catheterization kits or accessories
 
Vacutainer adapters Needleless vial or bag withdrawal cannulas or adapters or decanters
 
Vacuum autoclaves Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
 
Venoject needles Blood collection needles
 
Veterinary anesthesia machines Anesthesia sets or kits
 
Veterinary dental x ray equipment Dental x ray units
 
Veterinary emasculators Veterinary castration instruments
 
Veterinary immersion hydrotherapy equipment Full body immersion hydrotherapy baths or tanks
 
Veterinary oral specula Veterinary speculums
 
Veterinary patient warming systems Surgical blanket or solution warming cabinets or accessories
 
Veterinary suction equipment Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories
 
Veterinary ultrasound equipment Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use
 
Veterinary vaginal specula Veterinary speculums
 
Vial access cannulas Needleless vial or bag withdrawal cannulas or adapters or decanters
 
Wall-mounted oxygen regulators Flow sensors or regulators or components
 
X ray cassettes Medical x ray film or cassettes for general use
 
X ray film processors Medical x ray darkroom equipment or supplies
 
X ray intensifying equipment Medical x ray intensifying screens
 
X ray patient positioning equipment Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Vetrinary
Benchmark Title: Veterinary Technicians and Technologists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Related Work Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Vetrinary
Benchmark Title: Veterinary Technicians and Technologists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Anesthesia Veterinary Technician
Animal Health Technician
Animal Technician
Bird Rehabilitator
Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)
Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Clinical Researcher
Emergency Veterinary Technician
Intensive Care Unit Veterinary Technician
Internal Medicine Veterinary Technician
Laboratory Technologist
Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)
Medical Technologist
Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
Surgery Technician (Surgery Tech)
Veterinarian Technician
Veterinary Assistant
Veterinary Lab Tech
Veterinary Laboratory Technician (Veterinary Lab Tech)
Veterinary Nurse
Veterinary Surgery Technician
Veterinary Surgery Technologist
Veterinary Technician (Vet Tech)
Veterinary X-Ray Operator
X Ray Operator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Vetrinary
Benchmark Title: Veterinary Technicians and Technologists
 
 
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