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Veterinary technology is an exciting, fast-paced, science based and ever-evolving medical career centered on the health and welfare of animals. The majority of veterinary technicians work in a private practice supporting veterinarians with the numerous skills that they obtained from a veterinary technology school. They are educated and trained to: obtain and record patient case histories; collect specimens and perform laboratory procedures; provide specialized nursing care; prepare animals, instruments, and equipment for surgery; assist in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures; expose and develop radiographs (x-rays); advise and educate animal owners; supervise and train practice personnel; and perform dental prophylaxes. Other employment opportunities for veterinary technicians can be found in biomedical research, military service, food safety inspection, teaching, zoo animal and wildlife care, diagnostic laboratory support, veterinary supply sales, animal control and humane society animal care, and drug and feed company technical service and sales.