Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 29-2056 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Care for and monitor the condition of animals recovering from surgery. Maintain controlled drug inventory and related log books. Administer anesthesia to animals, under the direction of a veterinarian, and monitor animals' responses to anesthetics so that dosages can be adjusted. Restrain animals during exams or procedures. Administer emergency first aid, such as performing emergency resuscitation or other life saving procedures. Observe the behavior and condition of animals and monitor their clinical symptoms. Perform laboratory tests on blood, urine, or feces, such as urinalyses or blood counts, to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems. Prepare and administer medications, vaccines, serums, or treatments, as prescribed by veterinarians. Clean and sterilize instruments, equipment, or materials. Collect, prepare, and label samples for laboratory testing, culture, or microscopic examination. Prepare animals for surgery, performing such tasks as shaving surgical areas. Discuss medical health of pets with clients, such as post-operative status. Fill prescriptions, measuring medications and labeling containers. Take animals into treatment areas and assist with physical examinations by performing such duties as obtaining temperature, pulse, and respiration data. Maintain laboratory, research, or treatment records, as well as inventories of pharmaceuticals, equipment, or supplies.
License: This applicant should correspond in writing to the State Board of Veterinary Medicine Examiners. An Alabama State Board written examination is administered via email throughout the year. Dates, time, and locations are available through the Board office. Application Fee: $100.00 Active Renewal Fee: $75.00 Examination Fee: $310.00 Inactive Renewal Fee: $37.50
Outlook: Very Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $11.62   Entry $24,162.00
Mean $15.20   Mean $31,610.00
Experience $16.99 Experience $35,339.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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