Ohio Vet TechRegistered Veterinary Technicians (RVT) are a vital part of the veterinary health care team. Technicians do much more than just hold your pet for his physical exam. Veterinary technicians take x-rays, assist in surgery, perform dental cleanings, provide care to pets recovering from surgery, update medical records, perform laboratory tests, fill prescriptions and much, much more. 

Requirements of a Registered Veterinary Technician

  • Associate’s degree
  • Pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and in some cases
  • Continuing Education (CE) credits each year to maintain their license 

Duties of a Registered Veterinary Technician include:

  • providing nursing care to pets that are hospitalized due to illness, injury or surgery
  • drawing blood and collecting other biological samples
  • taking vital signs and performing physical exams
  • giving injections – in the muscle, under the skin, or into a vein
  • placing and caring for IV catheters and administering fluids
  • taking and developing x-rays
  • calculating giving anesthetic drugs
  • monitoring pets under anesthesia and waking from anesthesia
  • assisting the veterinarian during surgery
  • sterilizing surgical instruments
  • performing dental cleanings
  • performing lab work such as blood chemistry, urinalysis, fecal flotations, and cytology
  • performing ECGs, ultrasounds and other tests
  • filling prescriptions
  • updating medical records
  • assisting with chemotherapy
  • educating pet owners on wellness care, disease prevention, disease treatment, surgical after-care and more 

Veterinary technicians perform comparable duties to all the following human professions:

  • anesthesiologist
  • x-ray technician
  • surgical assistant/nurse/technician phlebotomist
  • laboratory technician
  • ER nurse
  • EMT
  • dental hygienist
  • pharmacy technician
  • medical assistant
  • cardiology nurse
  • oncology nurse

 Veterinary Technicians cannot:

  • prescribe medication
  • diagnose or give a prognosis
  • perform surgery


Veterinary Technicians Oath

As a Veterinary Technicians, I have taken an oath to protect the health and well-being of animals. This oath influences everything we do. “I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and services for animals, by alleviating animal suffering, and by promoting public health. I accept my obligations to practice my profession conscientiously and with sensitivity, adhering to the profession’s Code of Ethics, and furthering my knowledge and competence through a commitment to lifelong learning “