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| Anyone who plans to work as a veterinary assistant must comply with the educational and certification requirements of their employer as well as the regulatory agency, if any, of the state in which they will be employed. It is also important to develop certain medical, clerical, and interpersonal skills. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Considering a Career as a Veterinary Assistant?

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  • For those who love being around animals, a career
    as a veterinary assistant can provide years of
    personal and professional satisfaction.
  • As with most professions, however, there are
    various requirementspertaining to educational
    qualifications, relevant job skills, and other
    factorsthat must be met in order to survive and
    thrive in this field. What can you expect from a
    career as a veterinary assistant? Lets take a

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,
    veterinary assistants draw a median salary of
    23,790 per year (2014).1
  • This occupation is also expected to experience a
    growth of 9 from 2014 to 2024. Veterinary
    assistants wont be going away any time soon!

  • Veterinary assistants are required to hold a high
    school diploma or a GED. In practice, clinics and
    other facilities that employ veterinary
    assistants tend to prefer individuals who have an
    associate or bachelors degree in a relevant
    field, such as animal science.
  • The website of the American Veterinary Medical
    Association ( includes a listing of
    colleges and other institutions with accredited
    educational programs.

  • For the most part, veterinary assistants are not
    required by employers to hold any kind of
    certification. However, some aspiring veterinary
    assistants elect to obtain a relevant certificate
    in order to boost their chances of finding
  • A number of state veterinary organizations offer
    certification programs in this discipline.

  • Veterinary assistants can also expect to go
    through a certain amount of on-the-job education
    at the workplace.
  • This typically involves learning tasks like
    cleaning cages, feeding animals, performing basic
    examinations, sterilizing equipment, and more.
    Furthermore, veterinary assistants are generally
    required to handle some front desk
    responsibilities (e.g., greeting visitors,
    answering phones).

  • Veterinary assistants can be found in various
    kinds of work environments. These include zoos,
    animal clinics/hospitals, and laboratories.
  • You can even find them at racetracks, where
    veterinarians are on duty to provide medical care
    to animals who perform in these sporting events.

  • Anyone who aspires to be a veterinary assistant
    needs to be aware that they will sometimes find
    themselves in tense situations, such as emergency
    surgery. Sick or wounded animals can become
    unruly. In addition, stressed-out or distraught
    animal owners may be difficult to deal with,
    making interpersonal skills important as well.
  • Assistants should have sufficient strength to
    lift animals when necessary.

  • While on the job, veterinary assistants will have
    an assortment of duties that must be managed.
    These include, but are not limited to, the
  • Administering medications to animals
  • Bathing animals
  • Collecting blood and tissue samples
  • Monitoring vital signs
  • Filing reports and handling other clerical tasks
  • Providing support during operations

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