Animal Health Technologists and Veterinary Technicians – NOC 3213
Number of People Who Work in this Industry
Median Income of People Working in this Occupation
of People Working in this Occupation
84.6% of the workforce has a college diploma or certificate
Age of the Workforce
in this Occupation
46.2% of the workforce is age 15 to 24
38.5% of the workforce is age 25 to 34
75.0% of animal health technologists and veterinary technicians work in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sector
16.7% work in Personal and Household Services
The employment outlook in our region for 2017-2019 is fair.
Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
Bilingualism may be an asset.
Projected growth rate in Ontario: 11.1% – 12%
What Else Do I Need to Know?
- Employment Outlook for Animal Health Technologists and Veterinary Technicians in the Ottawa Economic Region is fair.**
- Employment growth in this field is influenced by the demand for veterinary services. Demand for these services has risen and will likely continue to rise especially due to the growing demand for medical care for pets and the popularity of animal therapy. Veterinary and animal health technologists and technicians are often located in large urban centres. Employers in smaller urban or rural centres may encounter some difficulties attracting and retaining younger employees as they tend to migrate to larger metropolitan areas where most positions are found. Also, this occupation has a younger age profile compared with other occupations in the province. Most job openings will likely arise from staff turnover and expansion needs.
- Veterinary and animal health technologists and technicians will have to keep abreast of new technologies and treatment procedures as veterinary medical science continues to evolve. While job prospects are favourable, some of the new entrants to this field may have to accept part-time or temporary work when starting their career until full-time positions become available. Most veterinary and animal health technologists and technicians work in private clinics, but those who work with large animals such as horses and livestock may be required to drive to farms and ranches to provide veterinary services. Exposure to disease and physical harm is a risk that may be experienced by members of this occupational group.
- To learn more from employers, click on “Professional, Technical and Education”.