What is a Veterinary Technologist?

Veterinary Technologists ("technologists") are taught to take blood, give medication and ensure patients receive the best possible care. In some ways the best way to describe the profession is a nurse who works for a veterinarian. That being said, this description also completely sells the profession short. In truth, the average technologist works as an anaesthesiologist, x-ray technician, dental hygienist, laboratory technologist, groomer, surgical assistant, kennel cleaner, emotional therapist for owners and pets, receptionist, nutritional counsellor and so much more. Technologists are an integral part of the veterinary team, they are often doing tasks such as running lab tests, taking x-rays or drawing blood, which in turn frees up the veterinarian to do other work.

Not all technologists work in a veterinary clinic. You can find technologists working in zoos, research, animal shelters, wildlife rehabilitation centers, diagnostic laboratories, and for the government (such as Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Development and Canadian Food Inspection Agency). They also work as animal protection officers, instructors, pet insurance representatives, clinic managers, pet food representatives, behaviorists’, animal feed specialists and pharmaceutical representatives.

The Animal Heath Technology Program at Red River College is a two year accredited program that once a student graduates from the program and writes the national exam, their education is recognized and they are able to work in Canada and the United States as an Animal Health Technologist/Veterinary Technologist. For a link to the Red River College's Animal Health Technology program please click HERE.

For a list of all the accredited college's in Canada click HERE and for the United States click HERE.