Speaking to “U.S. News and World Report,” Julie Legred of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians said, “We do everything except diagnose, prescribe and do surgery.” With such a broad job description, creating a vet tech resume may seem like a daunting task. You can do it, however. Once you've got your format down, you simply plug in the relevant info.
Start with your full name, in bold, and contact info -- including your email address, phone number and mailing address -- at the top of the resume. Center your name to draw attention and keep the other info justified to the right or left.
Type a brief “Career Objective” section below your contact info, before you get into the meat of the resume. With one or two sentences, summarize how the position of vet tech reflects your specific skill set.
Make a header that says “Education.” Include the type of degree or certificate you hold, the name of the college or veterinary technology program and the year you graduated. If you've passed the veterinary technician national examination, list the type of certification you have, such as assistant laboratory animal technician, laboratory animal technician or laboratory animal technologist. Likewise, note if you hold licenses in any states.
List your professional experience as a vet tech or worker in related fields -- everything from working as a dog groomer to staffing an animal shelter -- under a “Veterinary Experience” section. Include the name of your employer and the dates you worked, followed by a bulleted list or a few sentences that describe tasks you performed. Focus on relevancy, including duties such as animal first aid, collecting lab samples, developing X-rays, prepping pets for surgery or administering medicine. If you're just starting out, include internships or volunteer work in this section.
Include a “Professional Development” section at the bottom of your resume, if space allows. In this section, make a bulleted list of any additional courses, classes or awards you have under your belt. Veterinary advocate programs and professional conferences make good fodder for this section. If you're a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America or a similar organization, note that here.
- U.S. News and World Report: Veterinary Technologist and Technician
- Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine: Sample Veterinary Career Position Resume
- United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Veterinary Technologists and Technicians: How to Become a Veterinary Technologist or Technician
- United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Veterinary Technologists and Technicians: What Veterinary Technologists and Technicians Do
- North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine: Writing a Resume
- Keep a digital copy of your vet tech resume, and update it as your career evolves. This saves you the hassle of having to start from scratch every time you need a new resume.
- No hard-and-fast rules govern vet tech resumes. It's perfectly all right to tweak a tried-and-true format to suit your needs.
- Keep your resume to one page, if possible -- two at most.
Dan Ketchum has been a professional writer since 2003, with work appearing online and offline in Word Riot, Bazooka Magazine, Anemone Sidecar, Trails and more. Dan's diverse professional background spans from costume design and screenwriting to mixology, manual labor and video game industry publicity.