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Occupational Employment Statistics


29-2056 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 26030$20.81/hr$17.60/hr$18.27/hr$19.57/hr$22.45/hr$23.28/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services3,740$22.81/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Other Services100$18.94/hr
Public Administration20$29.83/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 40$19.18/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 80$21.00/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 80$21.55/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 100$21.91/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 130$19.47/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 150$19.73/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 160$19.73/hr8.9%
Southeast Balance of State 190$21.31/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 200$18.35/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 210$19.45/hr10.3%
Northwest Balance of State 240$19.57/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 260$19.57/hr12.9%
Southeast Minnesota 260$21.31/hr12.7%
Central Minnesota 440$22.32/hr10.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,650$23.32/hr11.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,930$23.26/hrN/A
Minnesota 4,070$22.96/hr11.6%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Nuclear Medicine Technologists 170$51.52/hr6.4%
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers 1,050$18.68/hr11.1%
Surgical Technologists 1,600$36.06/hr6.4%

  • Restrain animals during exams or procedures.
  • Prepare and administer medications, vaccines, serums, or treatments, as prescribed by veterinarians.
  • Perform laboratory tests on blood, urine, or feces, such as urinalyses or blood counts, to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems.
  • Maintain instruments, equipment, or machinery to ensure proper working condition.
  • Clean and sterilize instruments, equipment, or materials.
  • Prepare treatment rooms for surgery.
  • Take animals into treatment areas and assist with physical examinations by performing such duties as obtaining temperature, pulse, or respiration data.
  • Fill prescriptions, measuring medications and labeling containers.
  • Collect, prepare, and label samples for laboratory testing, culture, or microscopic examination.
  • Monitor medical supplies and place orders when inventory is low.