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What Is a Remote Veterinary Technician and How to Become One

Remote Veterinary Technician

What Does a Remote Veterinary Technician Do?

A remote veterinary technician works from home under the direction of a veterinarian. In this telecommute position, you take calls from pet owners, recommend care options and treatments, and discuss the health status of pets. Other duties and responsibilities include obtaining case histories and documenting information about pets, educating pet owners about issues that may affect their animals, providing preparation information for surgeries, helping people understand the services offered by the practice, and assisting the veterinarian remotely. You may also work to process and review claims for eligibility and calculate invoices.

How to Become a Remote Veterinary Technician

The qualifications to become a remote veterinary technician typically include an associate degree in veterinary technology. However, some employers may prefer applicants who have at least a bachelor’s degree in this field while others may accept several years of relevant experience in lieu of a degree. If you mostly work to process claims from home, then having extensive experience is usually sufficient. Otherwise, after graduation, it’s recommended to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination so that you can obtain licensure as a veterinary technician. You can obtain experience in this field by completing an internship or getting an entry-level job at a veterinarian’s office. Having strong communication and multitasking skills is important for relaying important information to pet owners regarding their pet’s health and keeping information organized. You also need a reliable computer, phone, and internet access to work from home.