Definition and roles of veterinary technicians in the USA

Veterinary Technician’s Oath: I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by

providing excellent care and services for animals, by alleviating animal suffering, and by

promoting public health.

I accept my obligations to practice my profession conscientiously and with sensitivity,

adhering to the profession’s Code of Ethics, and furthering my knowledge and competence

through a commitment to lifelong learning.

Veterinary Technician’s Duties

Caring for the Hospitalized Patient

Administration of medication

Sample collection

Physical therapy

Specialized intensive nursing care

Bandage/dressing application

Nutritional management

Clinical Pathology

Specimen collection

Hematology procedures

Microbiology techniques

Parasite evaluations

Biochemical analysis

Cytology examinations


Outpatient/Field Service

Physical examination

History taking

Client education

Administration of medication

Administration of vaccines

Specimen collections


Pre-anesthetic evaluation

Administration of local anesthetics

Administration of general anesthetics


Patient recovery

Dental Prophylaxis

Examination of oral cavity

Cleaning and polishing

Surgical Assisting

Patient preparation

Instrument/equipment sterilization Surgical suite preparation and


Assistance during surgical procedures

Postoperative patient care

Wound management

Office/Hospital Management

Medical supplies inventory control

Bookkeeping and practice