Veterinary Assistants and Animal Health Technologists

(NOC 3213)

Career Description

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
Veterinary Assistant

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Modified on January 26, 2022