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A study examined the future need for certified animal health technicians (CAHT) in Nevada and the skills/knowledge that future CAHTs will need. Questionnaires were mailed to all of Nevada's 306 licensed veterinarians; 100 (32.68%) responded. The estimated numbers of CAHTs needed by the state's veterinarians in 1, 3, and 5 years were 62, 142, and 159, respectively. The following skills/knowledge were deemed most important for future CAHTs: understanding principles of animal sanitation; working knowledge of clinical sanitation, disease transmittal, sterile environments/sterilization, operating room assistance, and public contact in clinical and nonclinical settings; ability to understand/execute technical instructions and question misunderstandings; at least a 12th-grade reading comprehension level; and personal grooming and public image. Among the study recommendations were the following: two CAHT programs should be established (one each in northern and southern Nevada) within the tech prep model; the Nevada State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and State Board for Occupational Education should establish a partnership to develop the CAHT programs; a wage guideline covering CAHTs in clinical and nonclinical settings should be developed; and advisory committees should be formed to assist in establishing, implementing, and evaluating the CAHT programs. (Appended are the questionnaire and cover letters.) (MN)

Descriptors: Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, Employment Opportunities, Employment Projections, Employment Qualifications, Futures (of Society), Job Skills, Labor Needs, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Veterinary Assistants, Vocational Education

Autor: Nevada State Council on Occupational Education, Carson City.


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