Growth Trends for Related Jobs
Whether you're an aspiring veterinarian or an animal lover wanting to work with animals, a job as a veterinary technician can be very rewarding. Your duties will typically include providing first aid for sick animals, preparing them for tests and helping give whatever treatments the veterinarian prescribes. Because your resume can be critical in landing a job, its objectives must show you have precisely the attributes necessary for the particular vet tech position.
Specific Training and Skills
Highlight your training, skills and experience as they relate to the specific job -- whether in a small animal clinic, an animal shelter or a large animal practice, for example. Begin your objective with a statement such as: "Objective: To apply my training as a certified veterinary tech with experience in emergency medical care for cats and dogs."
A resume objective will be most effective if you can state something specific about the particular clinic to which you are applying. For example, if the clinic specializes in farm animals, your resume objective ideally should address that: "To work closely with and assist with the care of pets who need medical attention, especially large animals, which Farr's Animal Hospital specializes in."
Adding an additional statement that stresses your professional credentials can set your resume objective apart. Also comment briefly on your love of animals and your dependability as a employee: "I am a dedicated animal lover with an associate's degree in animal science and a dependable worker. I have five years of experience preparing animals for surgery and assisting during operations at an animal hospital."
2016 Salary Information for Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
Veterinary technologists and technicians earned a median annual salary of $32,490 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, veterinary technologists and technicians earned a 25th percentile salary of $26,870, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $38,950, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 102,000 people were employed in the U.S. as veterinary technologists and technicians.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook -- Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
- American Veterinary Medical Association: Duties of Veterinary Technicians and Assistants
- The Ladders: Resume Objective Statements to Catch a Manager's Eyes
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
- Career Trend: Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
Jake Damon has his Ph.D. in English from Texas Tech University. Damon has been a writer and editor since 1998. He edits two professional journals, has published books including "Catullan Consciousness" and "Re-Reading Thomas Traherne," and written articles for various academic and trade presses, including Oxford University Press, Associated University Presses and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University.