Department of Labor Logo United States Department of Labor
Dot gov

The .gov means it's official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site.


The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Job requirements for veterinary technologists and technicians

February 28, 2019

Whether their patients have fur, fins, scales, or wings, 40.7 percent of veterinary technologists and technicians are required to have at least a high school diploma, and 33.8 percent are required to have prior work experience. Additionally, 79.0 percent of these workers are exposed to wet environmental conditions, and 93.5 percent are exposed to a moderate noise intensity level. All (100 percent) veterinary technologists and technicians are required to perform fine and gross manipulation and 36.5 percent are required to have far visual acuity.

Percent of jobs with selected requirements for veterinary technologists and technicians, 2018
Skill or requirement Physical demands Environmental conditions Education, training, and experience

Fine and gross manipulation

100.0% - -

Far visual acuity

36.5 - -

Near visual acuity

99.7 - -

Exposed to wetness

- 79.0 -

Moderate noise intensity level

- 93.5 -

Minimum education: high school

- - 40.7

Prior work experience required

- - 33.8

Note: Dash means not applicable.

Veterinary technologists and technicians assist licensed veterinarians in diagnosing injuries and illnesses of animals. Workers in these occupations work in a range of settings, including private clinics, laboratories, and animal hospitals. Their jobs can be physically and emotionally challenging, and some have to work evenings, weekends, and holidays. Additionally, in 2017 the veterinary service industry had the fourth highest incidence of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in private industry.

These data are from the Occupational Requirements Survey. To learn more, see “Occupational Requirements in the United States — 2018.” To learn more about veterinary technologists and technicians, see the Occupational Outlook Handbook.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job requirements for veterinary technologists and technicians at (visited June 20, 2024).

Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics