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Characteristics of the labor market for veterinary technician specialists in 2013

Christopher L. NorkusDepartment of Emergency and Critical Care, Allegheny Veterinary Emergency Trauma and Specialty (AVETS), 4224 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA 15146.

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David J. LissVeterinary Technology Program, Platt School of Medical Sciences, Los Alhambra, CA 91803.

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Linda S. LeightonDepartment of Economics, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE To determine characteristics of the labor market for veterinary technician specialists (VTSs) during 2013 and identify characteristics significantly associated with pay rate for VTSs.

DESIGN Survey.

SAMPLE POPULATION 351 VTSs.

PROCEDURES A 29-question, multiple-choice survey was sent in early 2014 to all individuals (n = 786) who had been certified as VTSs and for whom an email address could be identified.

RESULTS Weighted mean pay rate for respondents was $23.50/h; 51.3% (180/351) of respondents received a raise after obtaining VTS certification. Being male, having attended graduate school, having > 4 years of VTS experience, holding a supervisory or management position, being employed by an academic employer or referral practice, and working in the Northeast or outside the United States increased the overall odds of receiving a higher pay rate as a VTS, once other variables were controlled.

CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE Results suggested that gender, work experience, and job characteristics were significantly associated with pay rate for VTSs.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE To determine characteristics of the labor market for veterinary technician specialists (VTSs) during 2013 and identify characteristics significantly associated with pay rate for VTSs.

DESIGN Survey.

SAMPLE POPULATION 351 VTSs.

PROCEDURES A 29-question, multiple-choice survey was sent in early 2014 to all individuals (n = 786) who had been certified as VTSs and for whom an email address could be identified.

RESULTS Weighted mean pay rate for respondents was $23.50/h; 51.3% (180/351) of respondents received a raise after obtaining VTS certification. Being male, having attended graduate school, having > 4 years of VTS experience, holding a supervisory or management position, being employed by an academic employer or referral practice, and working in the Northeast or outside the United States increased the overall odds of receiving a higher pay rate as a VTS, once other variables were controlled.

CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE Results suggested that gender, work experience, and job characteristics were significantly associated with pay rate for VTSs.

Contributor Notes

Dr. Leighton's present address is Biomedical Research Analytical Group, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370.

Address correspondence to Dr. Norkus (CLNorkus@gmail.com).