Duties of veterinary technicians and assistants

Last updated May 2019

Most states have laws and/or regulations which govern what procedures veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants may and may not perform; however, the laws vary both in their depth as well as their scope. The majority of these states break down allowable procedures by the level of supervision that is required by either a licensed veterinarian or a veterinary technician.

While most states give some indication as to what procedures technicians and assistants may perform, some states do not specify these duties. However, most states do indicate what procedures may not be performed, including diagnosing, prescribing, and performing surgery.

Click on the following link to get a summary of state laws on veterinary technician and veterinary assistant duties.

Duties of veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants​ (PDF)

Source: Staff Research, AVMA Division of State Advocacy & Leadership
Contact: AVMA Division​ of State Advocacy & Leadership