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  NOC 3213 – Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians

To apply under NOC-3213 National Occupation Classification you must follow the roles and responsibilities of Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians.

Required roles and responsibilities:-

Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Provide nursing care and rehabilitation therapy for animals
  • Handle, restrain and care for animals undergoing treatment and surgery
  • Produce radiographs, collect and analyse samples and perform other laboratory tests to assist in diagnosis of animal health problems
  • Assist veterinarian with animals before, during and following surgery by preparing surgical equipment, administering and monitoring anaesthetics and cleaning up after surgery
  • Prepare and administer medications and vaccines under direction of a veterinarian
  • Administer treatments as prescribed by a veterinarian
  • Provide wound and bandage care
  • Conduct specialized procedures such as animal identification and hoof trimming
  • Educate and advise clients on animal health care including nutrition and home care
  • Assist in laboratory research
  • Perform routine animal dental procedures and assist veterinarians with animal dentistry
  • May perform a variety of office management and clerical duties.

You can also see the required titles to apply as a Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians. 

NOC 3213 – Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians: example titles.

  • (RAHT) registered animal health technologist
  • animal care technician
  • animal care technologist
  • animal health technician
  • animal health technician – agriculture
  • animal health technologist
  • animal health technologist supervisor
  • animal operating room attendant
  • attendant, animal operating room
  • laboratory animal technician
  • laboratory animal technologist
  • laboratory technician, veterinary
  • registered animal health technologist
  • registered animal health technologist (RAHT)
  • registered veterinary technician
  • registered veterinary technician (RVT)
  • technician, animal care
  • technician, animal health
  • technician, laboratory animals
  • technician, veterinary
  • technician, veterinary laboratory
  • technologist, animal care
  • technologist, animal health
  • technologist, veterinary
  • veterinarian assistant
  • veterinary laboratory technician
  • veterinary technician
  • veterinary technician supervisor
  • veterinary technologist

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of a two- or three-year animal health/veterinary technology college program is required.
  • Successful completion of a national registration examination may be required in some employment settings.
  • Registration with provincial animal health technologists’ or veterinary technicians’ associations is available, and is mandatory in some provinces.

Additional Information

  • With experience, animal health technologists and veterinary technicians may progress to supervisory positions.


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