Day in the Life
While people who love
animals get satisfaction from helping them, some of the work may be
unpleasant, physically and emotionally demanding, and sometimes
dangerous. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that
full-time veterinary technologists and technicians experienced a
work-related injury and illness rate that was much higher than the
national average. At times, veterinary technicians must clean cages and
lift, hold, or restrain animals, risking exposure to bites or scratches.
These workers must take precautions when treating animals with
germicides or insecticides. The work setting can be noisy.
Veterinary technologists and technicians who witness abused animals or
who euthanize unwanted, aged, or hopelessly injured animals may
experience emotional stress. Those working for humane societies and
animal shelters often deal with the public, some of whom might react
with hostility to any implication that the owners are neglecting or
abusing their pets. Such workers must maintain a calm and professional
demeanor while they enforce the laws regarding animal care.
In some animal hospitals,
research facilities, and animal shelters, a veterinary technician is on
duty 24 hours a day, which means that some work night shifts. Most
full-time veterinary technologists and technicians work about 40 hours a
week, although some work 50 or more hours a week.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.