Zoo Vet Tech

Everything MCC Graduates Need to Know About Becoming a Zoological Veterinary Technician

Do you have a passion for working with animals? Have you loved taking trips to the zoo since you were a little kid? If so, a Zoological Vet Tech is the right career for you!

What is a Zoological Veterinary Technician?

A zoological vet tech works directly with zoo veterinarians by assisting with exams and other medical procedures such as running lab tests, collecting blood, filling prescriptions, maintaining patient records, and preparing animals for surgery.

As a zoo vet tech, you have the choice of working in a zoo, aquarium, wildlife park, or research facility. You may have the opportunity to work with zebras, monkeys, giraffes, elephants, and other exotic animals. You also must be prepared to handle all types of animals. So yes, that includes bears, snakes and other reptiles.


For and foremost, to become a zoological veterinary technician, you must have a love for working with exotic animals. Secondly, you must complete a vet tech training program. In addition to your vet tech training, you must also complete a series of tests including the Veterinary Technician National Exam and your state’s licensing exam.

For more information on specific educational requirements, visit the Academy of Veterinary Zoological Medicine Technicians.

Career Outlook

Career opportunities for zoological vet techs are continually increasing because many organizations are seeking out experts in the zoological field. It is recommended to join the Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians (AZVT). As a member, you will have the opportunity to network with other vet techs and attend educational conferences.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a zoo vet tech is nearly $40,000 which is about $10,000 more than the average domestic veterinary technician.

Interested in becoming a zoological veterinary technician? Milwaukee Career College offers hands-on vet tech training. Vet technician students can earn their veterinary associate degree in less than 2 years. MCC also offers financial aid opportunities as well as job placement assistance. Head over to our Veterinary Technician Program to learn more about vet tech training.