Western Veterinary Technician Training Program Details
On the veterinary technician program, exchange visitors work alongside an equine veterinarian and other certified technicians to provide care to horses. On such programs, you may; provide nursing care for the horses, collect specimens and perform lab procedures, obtain medical histories, assist in preparation before and during surgeries or other medical procedures, and also help educate owners of the horses. Please be advised that as a veterinary technician on this program, you may not diagnose a horse's illness, prescribe medication or perform any form of surgery. Veterinary technician placements exist throughout the United States but are primarily in the western states. Placements are generally 5 to 6 months in length, with most placements beginning in January. Good English and horse handling skills are required to take part in this program.
This program can include:
- Lab Procedures
- Obtaining medical history
- Assist veterinarian
Apply by December for a Training Program beginning in January
Some of the skills learned on this program may include:
- Daily routines of the veterinary hospital
- Administration of IV fluids and medication by IV and IM injections under supervision
- Assist with ultrasonography and radiographic procedure
- Assist with foaling
- Assist with artificial insemination and embryo transfer in breeds that permit this
*Actual skills learned will vary by placement and previous experience.