Duties of veterinary technicians and assistants

Most states have laws and/or regulations governing what procedures veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants may and may not perform. These laws vary in both depth and scope. The majority of these states break down allowable procedures based on the level of supervision required by either a licensed veterinarian or a veterinary technician.

While states may 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.

Please contact each state's board of veterinary medicine for more information.

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