Q: What is the difference between a Veterinarian and a Veterinary Technician?

A: The veterinarian is solely responsible for diagnosing, making a prognosis, prescribing medication and performing surgery. They are ultimately responsible for all patient care and outcomes. The veterinary technician/technologist is educated to be the veterinarian’s nurse, laboratory technician, radiography technician, anesthetist, surgical nurse and client educator. Many veterinary technicians/technologists are placed in a supervisory role in veterinary practices, research institutions and in other employment options. For more information visit the NAVTA Newsroom or log onto www.navta.net.


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