The vast majority of veterinary technicians, about 90 percent according to the U.S. Department of Labor, are employed in veterinary services -- usually an animal clinic or hospital. Vet techs, however, are also found in a variety of other animal care and laboratory settings. Veterinary technicians can find work in places like:
Employment in aquariums and zoos tends to be the most competitive, as opportunities for veterinary technicians are considered highly desirable and more limited.
Vet techs must often work in chaotic, loud, and sometimes hazardous, environments, so the ability to concentrate and remain calm and competent in such settings is crucial. In addition to caring about animals, vet techs must be patient and responsible, exercising caution when handling and treating animals and dealing with irate pet owners in a professional manner. Some vet techs work overtime, 24-hour shifts, or more than 40 hours per week. Occupational injuries and work-related illness are occur on a higher than average basis with vet techs than in other occupations. Emotional stress and exhaustion may result from working as a vet tech.
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