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
Southeast Minnesota 32061$17.42/hr$13.42/hr$15.24/hr$17.20/hr$19.20/hr$22.79/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services2,650$18.02/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Other Services40$16.54/hr
Public Administration10$28.46/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$15.89/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 30$16.54/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 50$16.36/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 80$14.57/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 90$17.47/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 90$17.38/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 130$15.59/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 130$17.26/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 140$17.68/hr23.2%
Northwest Balance of State 180$17.21/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 190$17.22/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 190$22.18/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 200$17.21/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 230$17.53/hr42.5%
Southeast Minnesota 320$17.20/hr4.7%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,800$18.83/hr22.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,090$18.54/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,000$18.22/hr22.3%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers 1,290$14.10/hr19.9%
Dental Assistants 5,740$25.33/hr8.3%
Surgical Technologists 2,460$29.09/hr10.5%

  • Restrain animals during exams or procedures.
  • Take animals into treatment areas and assist with physical examinations by performing such duties as obtaining temperature, pulse, or respiration data.
  • Clean kennels, animal holding areas, surgery suites, examination rooms, or animal loading or unloading facilities to control the spread of disease.
  • Monitor medical supplies and place orders when inventory is low.
  • Maintain instruments, equipment, or machinery to ensure proper working condition.
  • Fill prescriptions, measuring medications and labeling containers.
  • Collect, prepare, and label samples for laboratory testing, culture, or microscopic examination.
  • Maintain controlled drug inventory and related log books.
  • Perform dental work, such as cleaning, polishing, or extracting teeth.
  • Prepare and administer medications, vaccines, serums, or treatments, as prescribed by veterinarians.