In the Philippines, a veterinary technologist’s entry level salary ranges from P10,000 - P15,000 per month and may even go up to P17,000 per month for those highly-trained and experienced. Overseas such as in the U.S. & Canada, the annual average salary for a veterinary technologist is $25,344 or $2,112 per month.
Basic Educational Requirement
To become a Veterinary Technologist, you first need to obtain a bachelors degree in Veterinary Technology where courses are taught in clinical and laboratory settings using live animals.
Cost of Education *
A four year course in Veterinary Technology would normally range from P15,000 - P20,000 per semester in private universities and about P5,000 to P10,000 in public institutions.
Locally, the demand for Veterinary Technologists in farms and poultries, food, drugs and disease research companies is quite sufficient for Veterinary Technology graduates. However, if Veterinary Technologists will opt to go abroad because of the growing demand and high pay, we might experience a shortage in the supply of these workers. Veterinary Technologists can work in the following industries: Agriculture, Hunting and Forestry, Fishing, Education, and, Other Community, Social and Personal Service Activities.
Prospects for Career Advancement
Some Veterinary Technologists are employed into farms; in drugs and disease research; as government meat and poultry inspectors, animal welfare and safety workers, and research assistants to gain experience.
Nature of Work
A Veterinary Technologist typically conducts clinical work in a private practice under the supervision of a veterinarian. He/She often performs various medical tests along with treating and diagnosing medical conditions and diseases in animals, performs medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals, prepares vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases, prepares tissue samples, takes blood samples, and executes laboratory tests such as urinalysis and blood counts, and cleans and sterilizes instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines.
- Administers anesthesia to animals, under the direction of a veterinarian, and monitors animals’ responses to anesthetics so that dosages can be adjusted;
- Bathes animals, clips nails or claws, and brushes and cuts animals’ hair;
- Dresses and sutures wounds, and applies splints and other protective devices;
- Cleans and sterilize instruments, equipment, and materials; and
- Gives enemas and performs catheterizations, ear flushes, intravenous feedings, and gavages.
Skills and Competencies
- Compassionate towards animals;
- Attentive to details;
- Calm and collective; and
- Excellent communication skills.
Physical Attributes and Characteristics
- Able to work well with others;
- Must be patient, tactful, diplomatic and approachable; and
- Dedicated to work.
* Based on 2011 rates.