Veterinary Assistants and Animal Health Technologists provide technical support to veterinarians by caring for animals and assisting in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health disorders.
Duties May Include
Animal Health Technologists perform some or all of the following duties:
Handle, restrain and care for animals undergoing treatment and surgery;
Perform radiography and other laboratory tests to assist in diagnosis of animal health problems;
Assist veterinarian during surgery by preparing surgical equipment and administering and monitoring anaesthetics;
Prepare and administer medications and vaccines under direction of veterinarian;
Administer treatments as prescribed by a veterinarian;
Conduct specialized procedures such as animal identification, dehorning and hoof trimming;
Counsel clients on animal health care;
Conduct and assist in laboratory research.
Examples of Titles
Animal Care Technician
Animal Health Technologist
Laboratory Animal Technician
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code found next to the name of the career is a 4-digit code that classifies occupations by different skill types and skill levels.
The information on careers is adapted from Canadian Occupational Projection System, a project by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, which uses annual data to analyze trends in labour.
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© JobFutures, Labour Force Survey, 2006.
© National Occupational Classification, Human Resources Skills and Development Canada, 2006.
© Working in Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2009.