Veterinary Assistant Jobs

Veterinary Assistant Job Overview

For people with an innate love for animals and an interest in science and medicine, becoming a veterinary assistant is a dream job. Most veterinary assistants work in non-farm situations taking care of household pets and domestic animals. Some work in research labs caring for animals used in scientific studies. A few work with livestock and farm animals with a large animal veterinarian practice. While working as a veterinary assistant can be extremely rewarding, it can also be very emotionally and physically demanding. Veterinary assistants need to balance their love and compassion for animals with the practical needs and demands of providing necessary medical care. Some veterinary assistants advance their careers by pursuing education and certification to become veterinary technologists.

Some tasks a veterinary assistant may do on a daily basis include:

  • Keeping detailed records about an animal's condition and treatments
  • Performing simple laboratory screenings like stool and urine specimens
  • Shaving or otherwise preparing an animal for surgery
  • Administering medications and intravenous fluids
  • Dispensing medications to pet owners per the veterinarian's orders
  • Cleaning the kennels and other facilities in the veterinary clinic
  • Sanitizing and maintaining surgical instruments
  • Handling and restraining animals for treatment
  • Counseling and educating pet owners
  • Providing grief counseling over the loss of a pet

Veterinary assistants who work at research facilities will also do daily care, feeding, and cage cleaning for lab animals. Those working with veterinarians in a large animal practice have duties unique to the care and treatment of livestock, as well.

Veterinary Assistant Job Education Requirements

Most veterinary assistants enter the job with a high school diploma or equivalent and receive most of their training on the job. Recently, however, there is a growing trend toward certificate programs in veterinary assistant training in higher education institutions. These certificate programs tend to be more valuable for veterinary assistants seeking jobs in research labs or other academic veterinary facilities.

Veterinary Assistant Job Market

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that demand for veterinary assistants will grow by 10 percent in the coming decade, about average for all careers. This career has a higher than average turnover rate, however, so the job market should remain fairly steady.

Veterinary Assistant Job Salary Information

The median hourly pay for veterinary assistants in 2012 was just over $11 per hour. Veterinary assistants employed by government research facilities or specialized veterinary practices made slightly more, with a salary range of $13.25 to $18 per hour.


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Company Confidential Ocean Springs, MS, 39564
Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant wanted for busy veterinary specialty practice in Ocean Springs. Must work well with animals and have experience handling animals in a veterinary setting. Reception duties include answering multiple phone lines, general filing, data entry, and a multitude of computer work on a daily basis. Must be willing and able to lift 50lbs plus. Assist the technician and Docto...
Cat or animal lover needed for Veterinary Assistant or Licensed Veterinary Technician position at All About Cats Veterinary Hospital in Southwest Las Vegas. We are seeking candidates who have previous experience or training in the vet field. All About Cats is a special practice with exceptional doctors and staff who are passionate about our feline patients and dedicated to offering our patients a...
Northside Veterinary Clinic is seeking high-energy individuals for the following positions. Veterinary Technician Veterinary Assistant If you respect our commitment to quality medicine and the human-pet relationship, possess excellent communication & client service skills, have the ability to multi-task, thrive in a fast-pace environment and believe in the highest level of patient care we can of...
Marten Transport Bloomingburg, NY
Company DescriptionVet Med Animal Clinic is a single doctor small animal practice. A busy practice that needs qualified effective staff to support the doctor.Job DescriptionVeterinary TechnicianWe are looking for a Licensed Veterinary Technician or an experienced veterinary assistant to join our team long term. We are looking for someone with preferably three years experience.About us:We are a ver...
Eye Care for Animals Houston, TX
Job Description: Eye Care for Animals is seeking a Veterinary Technician or Technician Assistant to join our team in Tustin, CA. Practice hours are Monday-Friday 8-5 and Saturdays 8-4. This position requires rotation of on-call availability for after hour emergencies and rotation of Saturday hours. Our ideal candidate is someone who has a positive, upbeat attitude, likes to work hard and strives...
University Animal Clinic Jackson, MS
We are looking for a registered Veterinary Tech or unlicensed veterinary assistant for full-time employment. Animal savvy candidates can be trained in-clinic as an assistant. We value and retain our employees and currently have an average employment of over 10 years. Hourly wage will be negotiable depending on experience and education. 40 hour flexible work week and vacation/sick time annually. We...
Shelter help and Veterinary Assistant Needed. Part-Time, must love animals, must be a self starter, own transportation. ASAS. 518-654-6220...
Cobb Emergency Veterinary Clinic Address: 630 Cobb Parkway North, Suite C, Marietta, GA 30062 Phone: 770-424-9157 Email: ***** Contact: Kevin Crowe, RVT Hours: Full-time (36-38) or weekend Part-time (20+) Position: RVT/ Veterinary Assistant Cobb Emergency Veterinary Clinic is seeking RVTs or experienced Veterinary Assistants to join our dedicated team. Applicants need to posses...
Busy Veterinary Hospital seeking Veterinary Assistant for their Porter County Location. Full time position available. As a Veterinary Assistant you will provide the best quality pet care for our clients. We are looking to attract the best team members! For your dedication we offer vacation time, pet care and pet food discounts, a simple IRA plan and a team spirited work atmosphere. Requirements:...
Veterinary Assistant (Full time or part time) needed for Whiteland Animal Clinic in Whiteland, IN. Applicant must have experience working with animals. Good compensation. To apply contact 3175357128 or send resume to whitelandanimalclinic@
EXCELLENT full/part time position for an EXPERIENCED Veterinary Technician/Assistant/Receptionist to join our well established veterinary hospital in Laguna Niguel. Our hospital has high tech equipment including digital X-ray and Ultrasouth and provides advanced orthopedic surgery/internal medicine and acupuncture with our board certified specialist veterinarian. We are one doctor practice and m...
Creve Coeur Animal Hospital is looking for someone to help us provide the very best care for our patients by providing overnight nursing care. Join our excellent, energetic, and positive team! We are a five doctor practice. We treat dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles, and pocket pets. We offer competitive wages and great benefits. We are looking for a veterinary technician/nurse who is able to help us ...
Full time position for a veterinary technician or assistant. Must have some veterinary hospital experience. Friendly one doctor hospital. Salary commensurate with experience. Full days Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri and half day Wed and every other Sat. Please reply with resume....
VETERINARY TECHNICIANS AND ASSISTANTS Immediate FT positions available. Fax resume to 812-464-1062 or call 812-464-1086 Posting provided by:...
Veterinary Assistant PT/FT- includes Sat. On all every 4th week. Apply at Bayou Cane Veterinary Hospital, 6064 W. Main St., Houma....
Company Confidential Florence, SC, 29501
Veterinary Assistant/technician needed for a full time position. Experience is a plus but not necessary to apply for the position. Basic computer skills are required. Candidate must be personable and demonstrate a positive attitude.​ The successful candidate must be able to multitask and be comfortable working as part of a team or as an individual. Daily tasks vary from basic cleaning, to patient ...
Technician Assistant Full Time Position Companion Animal Hospital of Traverse City, PLC has an immediate opening for an experienced (prefer two years, please) Technician Assistant who likes to work with patients and owners. The successful candidate will demonstrate a positive "can do" attitude and be comfortable working with others or independently to successfully complete tasks. The tasks are v...
Veterinary Assistant/Kennel Supervisor must have a broad knowledge of animal science and medicine as well as a basic knowledge of pharmacology and sufficient mathematical skills to ensure the administration of accurate drug and fluid doses. A veterinary assistant directly handles inpatient and outpatient care, working hand-in-hand with veterinarians. The assistant helps in exam rooms by preparing ...
PART TIME (20 - 30 hours per week) Veterinary Hospital Administrative Personnel needed! Are you an animal care professional looking for growth and opportunity? If so, then Coyne Veterinary Services, Ltd. is the place for you! We are a group of 7 privately owned veterinary practices in the Chicagoland area are seeking highly motivated, detail-oriented individuals to join our dedicated team. Res...
Veterinary Assistant / tech for busy clinic in Clare. Immediate opening, full time, must be flexible w/hours. Good Communication skills, medical terminology preferred. Fax resume 989-386-5433 or email ***** Immediate opening: Veterinary assistant/ tech for busy clinic in Clare. Full time, must be flesible w/hours. Good Communication skills, medical terminology preferred . email re...

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