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Career and Education Opportunities for Veterinarian Technicians in Norman, Oklahoma

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for veterinarian technicians in the Norman, Oklahoma area. There are currently 620 working veterinarian technicians in Oklahoma; this should grow by 52% to about 940 working veterinarian technicians in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for veterinarian technicians are expected to grow by about 35.8%. Veterinarian technicians generally perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals.

The income of a veterinarian technician is about $13 per hour or $27,170 annually on average in Oklahoma. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $13 per hour or $28,900 per year on average. Incomes for veterinarian technicians are not quite as good as in the overall category of Veterinary in Oklahoma, and not quite as good as the overall Veterinary category nationally. Veterinarian technicians work in a variety of jobs, including: laboratory technologist, clinical researcher, and animal health technician.

The Norman area is home to thirty-seven schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Norman where you can get a degree as a veterinarian technician. Given that the most common education level for veterinarian technicians is an Associate's, or other 2-year degree, it will take about two years to learn to be a veterinarian technician if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Veterinarian Technician

Veterinarian Technician video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, veterinarian technicians perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. They also prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases.

Veterinarian technicians observe the behavior and state of animals, and monitor their clinical symptoms. They also ready and administer medications, vaccines and treatments, as prescribed by veterinarians. Equally important, veterinarian technicians have to furnish assistance with animal euthanasia and the disposal of remains. They are often called upon to take animals into treatment areas, and assist with physical examinations by performing such duties as obtaining temperature and respiration data. They are expected to maintain instruments and machinery to insure proper working condition. Finally, veterinarian technicians administer emergency first aid.

Every day, veterinarian technicians are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for veterinarian technicians to monitor medical supplies and place orders when inventory is low. They are often called upon to supervise and train veterinary students and other staff members. They also dress and suture wounds, and apply splints and other protective devices. They are sometimes expected to perform dental work such as cleaning and extracting teeth. Somewhat less frequently, veterinarian technicians are also expected to perform dental work such as cleaning and extracting teeth.

Veterinarian technicians sometimes are asked to take and design diagnostic radiographs, using x-ray equipment. They also have to be able to administer anesthesia to animals, under the direction of a veterinarian, and monitor animals' responses to anesthetics so that dosages can be adjusted And finally, they sometimes have to collect and label samples for laboratory testing or microscopic examination.

Like many other jobs, veterinarian technicians must have exceptional integrity and be reliable.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Veterinarian Technician Training

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City - Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, 900 N Portland, Oklahoma City, OK 73107-6195. Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City is a medium sized university located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 5,912 students. Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City has an associate's degree program in Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician & Veterinary Assistant which graduated eight students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician: The technician certification designations of ALAT, LAT, and LATG are well known and widely used throughout the varied fields of laboratory animal care.

For more information, see the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science website.

LICENSES

Certified Animal Euthanasia Technician (CAET)

Licensing agency: Oklahoma Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
Address: 201 N.E. 38th Terrace, Ste. 1, Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Phone: (405) 524-9006
Website: Oklahoma Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Veterinarian Technician

Licensing agency: Oklahoma Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
Address: 201 N.E. 38th Terrace, Ste. 1, Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Phone: (405) 524-9006
Website: Oklahoma Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

LOCATION INFORMATION: Norman, Oklahoma

Norman, Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma photo by Okguy

Norman is located in Cleveland County, Oklahoma. It has a population of over 106,957, which has grown by 11.8% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Norman, 84, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Norman are priced at $184,600 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, five hundred sixteen new homes were built in Norman, up from four hundred nineteen the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Norman are educational services, health care, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is educational services, accommodation and food services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 21 minutes. More than 39.8% of Norman residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 16.6%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Norman is 4.7%, which is less than Oklahoma's average of 7.1%.

The percentage of Norman residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 44.3%, is less than both the national and state average. Alameda Baptist Church, Alameda Church of Christ and All Welcome Victory Church are among the churches located in Norman. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

Norman is home to the Cerebral Palsy Institute and the Park on Main as well as Owen Field and Rotary Park. Shopping malls in the area include Colonial Estates Shopping Center, Anatole Shopping Center and Carriage Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Norman can choose from Ramada Days Inn, Montford Inn and Guest Inn - Norman for temporary stays in the area.