Nature of Work
Owners of pets and other animals today expect superior veterinary care. To provide this service, veterinarians use the skills of veterinary technicians. These professionals perform many of the same duties for a veterinarian that a nurse would for a physician.
Veterinary technicians typically conduct clinical work in a private practice under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. For example, they may perform laboratory tests such as urinalysis and blood counts, assist with dental care, prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and assist veterinarians in a variety of other diagnostic tests. Some veterinary technicians record patients' case histories, expose and develop radiographs, and provide specialized nursing care. In addition, experienced veterinary technicians may discuss a pet's condition with its owners and train new clinic personnel. Veterinary technicians usually care for small pets such as cats and dogs, but can perform a variety of duties with mice, rats, sheep, pigs, cattle, monkeys, birds, fish, and frogs.
Besides working in private clinics and animal hospitals, some veterinary technicians work in research facilities under the guidance of veterinarians or physicians. In this role, they may administer medications, prepare samples for laboratory examinations, or record information on an animal's genealogy, diet, weight, medications, food intake, and clinical signs of pain and distress. Some may sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment and provide routine postoperative care. Occasionally, veterinary technicians may have to euthanize seriously ill, severely injured, or unwanted animals.
Veterinary technologists held about 84,800 jobs in 2012. Employment opportunities are projected to grow by approximately 30 percent from 2012 through 2022.
Credentials You Can Earn
The Higher Education Act requires all colleges and universities to notify students and prospective students of the all program costs for which they will be responsible. Students will be responsible for the following expenses:
- Nonrefundable application fee ($25)
- Program Placement Examination ($60)
Outside Vendor Fees Prior to Beginning VETT Courses
- Rabies Vaccine Series (Approximately $800)
- Tetanus Toxoid (Approximately $30)
- Physical Examination (Approximately $150)
- Uniforms and Related Supplies (Approximately $300)
- Tuition ($89 per credit hour)
- Accident Insurance Fee ($4 per term)
- Campus Supply Fee ($40 per term)
- Instruction Fee ($55 per term)
- Parking Fee ($20 per term)
- Campus Safety Fee ($25 per term)
- Registration Fee ($50 per term)
- Student Activity Fee ($30 per term)
- Technology Fee ($105 per term)
Throughout the Program
- Background Checks and Drug Screenings (Approximately $100 per check/screening, if required by clinical sites)
- Malpractice Insurance ($15 per year)
- Dosimetry Badge Fee ($50 when enrolled in VETT 1070 and VETT 2300)
- Textbooks (Approximately $2,600)
- Supply Fee (Varies — See course descriptions for exact amount)
- Tuberculosis Test (Approximately $40)
- UGA ID and Parking Fees (Approximately $150 when enrolled in VETT 2300)
- SCNAVTA Membership ($15 per year/optional)
- GVTAA Student Membership ($10 per year/optional)
Outside Vendor Fees at Program Completion
- Georgia Veterinary Technician Registration Application Fee ($50)
- Veterinary Technician National Examination ($310)
These expenses are based on costs in effect at the time this catalog was published. Prices are subject to change.