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can i help with taking care of the pets

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Hi Lacy:

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians, supervised by licensed Veterinarians, do medical tests that help diagnose animals’ injuries and illnesses. Here's a brief listing on what Vet Techs do. . .

DUTIES

Veterinary technologists and technicians typically do the following:
• Observe the behavior and condition of animals
• Provide nursing care or emergency first aid to recovering or injured animals
• Bathe animals, clip nails or claws, and brush or cut animals’ hair
• Restrain animals during exams or procedures
• Administer anesthesia to animals and monitor their responses
• Take x rays and collect and perform laboratory tests, such as urinalyses and blood counts
• Prepare animals and instruments for surgery
• Administer medications, vaccines, and treatments prescribed by a veterinarian
• Collect and record animals’ case histories

In addition to helping veterinarians during animal exams, veterinary technologists and technicians do a variety of clinical, care, and laboratory tasks.

Veterinary technologists and technicians who work in research-related jobs ensure that animals are handled carefully and are treated humanely. They may help veterinarians or scientists on research projects in areas such as biomedical research, disaster preparedness, and food safety.

Typically working with small-animal practitioners who care for cats and dogs, veterinary technologists and technicians also may have tasks that involve mice, cattle, or other animals.

Veterinary technologists and technicians may specialize in a particular discipline, such as dentistry, anesthesia, emergency and critical care, and zoological medicine. I wish you the best of luck on your journey in working with our furry friends. 🐶 🐱

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

Veterinary Tech • https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/veterinary-technologists-and-technicians.htm#tab-2
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