Veterinary Tech Salary



veterinary tech salary

The average Veterinary Technician Salary in Canada is calculated by the Canadian Salary and Wage Guide and from a variety of other sources. Veterinarian Technicians work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and other settings. A Veterinary Technicians salary will vary depending on the location and the setting. Area of specialization also plays a part in how much they earn. The assumption was made that the Veterinary Technicians reflected here were working an average of 35 hours per week with a total of 1750 hours per year.

Socialized Medicine
In Canada, Socialized Medicine makes sure that all Canadian citizens are assured medical care for themselves and their family under the Canadian health care system. This health care program provides Canadians preventative, as well as daily medical care from doctors. This ensures all Canadian citizens access to good medical and health care. Nearly all Canadian citizens, regardless of income or medical history qualify for this unique medical care.

Veterinary Technician Salary Canada Data:

Median Hourly Salary  

Country

Low

Median

High

Canadian

9.28792 CAD

17.6750 CAD

28.2819 CAD

United States

$9.50

$18.08

$28.93

Median Annual Salary

Country

Low

Median

High

Canadian

19,551.78 CAD

31,281.91 CAD

48,879.46 CAD

United States

$20,000

$32,000

$50,000

The lowest Veterinary Technician salary in Canada is less than $10 CAD while the highest is over $19 CAD annually. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas. The highest pay levels are found in metropolitan areas. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.

Top 5 Provinces and Territories
The best states to earn a Veterinary Technician salary are Calgary-Alberta, Vancouver-Lower Mainland Southwest-British Columbia, Toronto-Canada, Ottawa-Ontario and Muskoka-Kawarthas-Peterborough-Ontario.

Other Industries that Employ Veterinary Techs
Spectator sports such as horse racing and dog racing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, medicine manufacturing, and scientific research and development services also employ Veterinary Technicians. A very small number work in zoos, theme parks, or wildlife preserves. A small number work in the Canadian military and the food safety industry.

Employment Data
It is estimated that there are over approximately 12,000 Veterinary Technicians employed in Canada. The majority of Veterinary Technicians work in other professional and Technical offices, which includes veterinary clinics and animal hospitals. Colleges and universities employ a small number of these technicians as well.

Private Practice vs. Employment
Veterinary Technicians are assistive personnel primarily employed in the veterinary industry. Opportunities for private practice or self employment as a veterinary tech are limited.

Employment Benefits
Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors. A typical employment benefits package is worth over $15,000 CAD per year. As a small business owner many veterinarians set up an employer/employee benefits program and participate in the plan with their employees. The average vet business has less than 10 employees.