What does a Veterinary Assistant do?

Veterinary technicians work under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian and assist in the treatment and diagnosis of illness or injury in pets or livestock.

Veterinary technicians collect and record the animal’s health history, and they perform medical tests for pets or livestock and observe the behavior and habits of animals. They perform laboratory tests including a urinalysis or running a blood count and take and develop X-rays. As second in command to the vets they assist, when needed, they can provide emergency medical services and nursing care to pets or livestock. They also administer any medicine, vaccines, or treatments as prescribed by a veterinarian, and provide dental care and post-operative care. They also assist by administering anesthesia and performing various clinical care and laboratory tests. Veterinary technicians need a two-year degree and to pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination, which is administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.

What responsibilities are common for Veterinary Assistant jobs?
  • Restock supplies and upkeep the treatment area and exam rooms.
  • Prepare for surgical procedures, using aseptic and sterile techniques.
  • Provide updates to clients regarding the status of their pets.
  • Maintenance of all medical records for all responsible animals.
  • Follow a regular schedule for cleaning and sanitizing all cages, runs, wards and related areas, and changing of litter boxes and food/water bowls.
  • Assist veterinarians in all aspects of patient care where needed.
  • Ensure working areas are cleaned, stocked and maintained in accordance with policy.
  • Assist in patient procedures: preparation of patients, instruments, equipment.
  • Participate in the training of new staff members and general dissemination of knowledge as required.
  • Collect and prepare laboratory samples such as fecal, urine, and ear cytologies.
  • Record daily observations and maintain accurate animal and sanitation records.
  • Perform diagnostic tests and submit blood work and lab specimens.
What are the typical qualifications for Veterinary Assistant jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in animal sciences or veterinary technology.
  • Hands-on experience with infusions and injections.
  • Requires careful attention to detail.
  • Basic understanding of writing protocols.
  • Strong leadership, time management, and critical thinking skills.
  • Able to maintain a positive attitude.
EducationAssociate's Degree
Work/Life Balance
2.9 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 Year

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Veterinary Assistant Career Path

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Veterinary Technician
3 Feb 2022

“The best part about this place is the amazing and best staff I worked with .”

Jimmy John'sJimmy John's
18 Jan 2022

“i make good money and I love helping animals get better and it makes me feel better about myself.”

Kensington Veterinary HospitalKensington Veterinary Hospital
Veterinary Assistant
6 Aug 2021

“They do give a nice discount and a yearly bonus.The patients are the best part of the job.”

Boston Veterinary ClinicBoston Veterinary Clinic
Veterinary Assistant
12 Nov 2022

“I do agree with some of the previous reviewers that extra PTO would be nice!”

Mayo ClinicMayo Clinic
Lab Animal Technician
25 Oct 2022

“When I was hired by W (the interim manager who was absolutely amazing) things were good.”

Arizona Humane SocietyArizona Humane Society
Veterinary Technician
30 Jul 2023

“Everyone working under the management level is wonderful; some of the best people I’ve ever met.”

Vestal Veterinary Hospital  Vestal Veterinary Hospital  
Lead Licensed Veterinary Technician
29 Aug 2023

“Employee pay was not sufficient considering this hospital carries a reputation of one of the most expensive in the area.”

TriCity Veterinary HospitalTriCity Veterinary Hospital
Veterinary Assistant
23 Aug 2021

“Great learning experience as you get to handle a wide range of issues in a day.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Veterinary Assistant

When working as a Veterinary Assistant, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Positive Attitude, Excellent Communication, Calculations, Avimark and Protocols.

The most similar professions to Veterinary Assistant are:
  • Pet Groomer
  • Pet Trainer
  • Animal Care Technician
  • Sales Representative

The most common qualifications to become a Veterinary Assistant is a minimum of a Associate's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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