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A veterinary technician (also called a vet
tech), is a person trained and liscensed to assist veterinarians.
Their job is similar to that of a nurse. They scan animals with
various devices like X-ray machines, do blood tests, give anaesthesia,
and help the veterinarian in other tasks. Vet techs are different
from veterinary assistants, for the latter has no training or
license to perform alot of the tests.
The American Veterinary Medical Association
(AVMA) is responsible for accrediting schools with either a
2-year Associate's degree or a (rarely offered) 4-year Bachelor's
degree. The organization just recently started to accredit schools
that offer distance education. Different states have different
regulations regarding who can practice as a vet tech. Some require
one to be a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), some require
one to be a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), and still
others require one to be a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT).