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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Veterinary assistant needed for a small animal clinic on the west side of Indianapolis. This position is full or part time and requires assisting our veterinarians and registered technicians in a wide variety of animal care tasks including assisting in office visits, restraining patients, conducting simple lab tests, cleaning the hospital, feeding and cleaning hospitalized animals, preparing patie...
Veterinary hospital seeks PT with potential for FT veterinary assistant. Veterinary assistant needs to be confident around pets (primarily dogs and cats). The job applicant should be dependable, detail oriented, have exceptional communication skills with clients and co-workers, demonstrate a professional demeanor and understand the importance of excellent client service while showing respect for...
RLM Veterinary Services, P.C. is looking for an energetic, dedicated individual willing to join the team, that can multitask to fill the position of Veterinary Assistant and Receptionist. Full-time and/or Part-time will be available. Some weekend hours are required. Pay is commissary with experience....
We are a feline-only practice looking for experienced full-time/part-time Veterinary Technicians/Assistants who love working with clients and cats in a fast paced, growing, multi-tasking environment. We strive to offer the highest standard of medical care to our patients and the highest standard of customer service to our clients. We are looking for a candidate who has the skills, knowledge and de...
EXCELLENT full/part time position for an EXPERIENCED Veterinary Technician/Assistant to join our well established veterinary hospital in Laguna Niguel. Our hospital has high tech equipment including digital X-ray and Ultrasound and provides advanced orthopedic surgery/internal medicine and acupuncture with our board certified specialist veterinarian. We are one doctor practice and majority of ou...
Are you looking for a place where you can be the go-to person? Do you love working with animals and people? If you would enjoy a career where your contributions help strengthen the human-animal bond and the challenge of tailoring your work to the doctor you are assisting, you may be the team member we are seeking. Responsibilities for this position include: Assisting doctors with patient care M...
Small animal, AAHA, practice seeking veterinary technician to work third shift at our 13 doctor hospital. This assistant needs to possess the ability to multi task and work independently. The ideal candidate will have technical experience in aspects of veterinary medicine including, radiology, surgery, critical animal care, hospital cleanliness, equipment maintenance, inventory logging, etc. Respo...
Company Confidential Shawnee Mission, KS, 66212
Job Description Veterinary Assistant: We are seeking two friendly and helpful people to add to our Veterinary teams. The ideal candidates have exceptional customer services skills as well as an aptitude with animals. The ability to multi-task is essential. We are a standing office, so the ability to work on your feet is a must. We are all about helping people help their pets. This position entai...
Veterinary: Tech Assistant/Hospital Maintenance Westside Animal Hospital is seeking an outgoing, friendly, enthusiastic team player for an entry-level position. The responsibilities of the position are chiefly performing janitorial, maintenance, and cleaning tasks, with secondary duties of caring for hospitalized animals and assisting the technician staff. Required is a keen attention to detail...
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 ...
VETERINARY TECHNICIAN and ASSISTANT Veterinary hospital in Newtown needs a F/T Veterinary Technician & Assistant. AAHA accredited facility. Both positions require a strong work ethic, positive attitude and experience preferred. Must be able to work weekends and evenings. Please fax resume to 203-270-8234 or email to *****...
VETERINARY ASSISTANT. Experience helpful, not required. Highly motivated. Flexible hrs. willing to work nights/weekends. Good cleaning and telephone skills. Some benefits. Mail resume: Dighton-Rehoboth Animal Hospital, 2424 Winthrop St., North Dighton MA 02764 or email: ***** No phone calls, please....
Busy, state of the art, eight doctor hospital in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania is looking for part time veterinary assistants to join our team. In this position, you will be supporting doctors and technicians to help maintain a positive, low stress atmosphere for our clients and patients. Duties will include maintaining medical records, preparing surgical suite and surgical patients, filling prescri...
Company Confidential North Dighton, MA, 02764
VETERINARY ASSISANT: Experience helpful but not required. Must be highly motivated. Flexible hours, willing to nights / weekends. Good cleaning and telephone skills. Some benefits. Mail to resume to: Dighton Rehoboth Animal Hospital, 2424 Winthrop St., North Dighton, MA 02764 or email *****. No phone calls please....
Old Tappan Veterinary, a three doctor small animal hospital located in Norwood, New Jersey has an opportunity for a full time veterinary assistant/ technician to join our team. Responsibilities will include: Anesthesia induction & monitoring. Surgical prep & assistance. I.V. catheter placement, medicating and pet care. Radiographs & lab work. Cleaning, hospital maintenance, inventory & pharm...
Company Confidential Apopka, FL, 32703
Job Purpose: Supports animal care by determining animal requirements; assisting during examinations; feeding and caring for animals; maintaining supplies and equipment. Duties: * Determines animal requirements by reviewing care plans and records. * Supports animal examinations by assembling required supplies and instruments; securing and bringing animals to examination room; restraining animal...
The East Cobb Veterinary Clinic is looking for a Veterinary Assistant - Part Time or Full Time. Flexible hours. Experience is preferred but not required. Wages are based on experience. On the job training provided. Job Purpose: Supports animal care by determining animal requirements; assisting during examinations; feeding and caring for animals; maintaining supplies and equipment. Duties: * De...
Village Veterinary Practice is looking for a full time Veterinary Assistant to join the dynamic, highly skilled team of compassionate professionals in our busy small animal hospital. In addition to providing quality medical and surgical care to our patients, we strongly focus on treating our clients with incomparable client service in our family friendly atmosphere. Duties of a veterinary assista...
VETERINARY ASSISTANT: Part-time position (20-25 hours/ week). Duties include office work, animal care, and building maintenance. Please submit a resume and cover letter to: Cheboygan Tribune, Box J231, 308 N. Main St., Cheboygan, MI 49721....
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...

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