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Veterinary Technician Specialist


The veterinary technician specialist works with veterinarians, fellow technicians, and assistants to provide patient care and administrative support in the Small Animal Hospital. This position works under immediate supervision from a manager as well as supportive oversight from veterinarians. Performs specialized technically skilled patient care and is responsible for service-specific tasks. Heavily involved with teaching and training.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description. These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Assist in providing clinical support to doctors and other technicians.
  • Animal handling.
  • General care and feeding of patients.
  • Venipuncture/sample collection/catheter placement/sample submission.
  • Assist in diagnostic work-ups such as scheduling radiology procedures.
  • Clean and maintain the treatment area.
  • Treatment of patients.
  • Communication with clients and rDVMs.
  • Perform and monitors sedated and anesthetized patient care.
  • Teach technical procedures and protocols.
  • Coordinate scheduling and flow of patient care.
  • Perform specialized procedures or diagnostic testing as relevant to service needs.
  • Capable of training others in their specialty.
  • Provide advanced customer service for clients and rDVMs.
  • Participate in formal teaching of students and fellow technicians.
  • Proficient in and can train others in specialized procedures and diagnostic testing as relevant to service needs and specialty certification.
  • Active role in client education and customer service.

Education and Experience

Credentialed veterinary technician and VTS specialty certified in specific area.

Licensure and Certification

Veterinary technician credential and VTS specialty certified.


Provides general instruction and review to veterinary students and lower ranking technicians and assistants. May provide periodic instructions and review of student workers, and OPS technicians in the absence of a professional staff member or higher ranking technician. May assume intermediate supervisory authority for and train subordinate veterinary technical staff assigned within the clinical service section.

To see common career pathways for each position at the University of Florida please visit the Career Paths section of the UFHR website.