Special thanks to Robertson College for providing this information regarding becoming a veterinary assistant.
If you love animals and have a flair for customer service, becoming a veterinary assistant might be the right career choice for you. Veterinary assistants work one-on-one with the animals in veterinary clinics but they also work directly with pet owners. Because of this, it is important to not only be comfortable dealing with animals but you also must have excellent people skills.
What Will You Learn as a Veterinary Assistant?
When you take a diploma course to become a veterinary assistant you will learn everything you need to start in an entry-level position in a veterinary clinic. Some of those skills include:
- Nursing skills
- Emergency medicine for animals
- Lab procedures
- Cleaning and disinfecting animal holding areas
- Sterilization of lab equipment
- Post-operative animal care
- Administering medication
- First Aid and basic CPR
- Office procedures
Most veterinary clinics focus on working with small animals but you may also have the opportunity to work with large animals if you find employment in a rural community where horses, cows, and other livestock are common.
The veterinary assistant will help the veterinarian in working with the animals and keeps the office running smoothly by dealing with paper work, submitting forms, helping pet owners fill in forms, and other clerical duties.
What is the Job Outlook for Veterinary Assistants?
Over the past few years there has been a larger demand for veterinary assistants. Even with an economy that has had a large degree of fluctuations, people still own pets and those pets need proper medical care. People tend to look at pets as part of the family so they want to make sure that they are healthy and taken care of.
How to Get Started
If becoming a veterinary assistant is something that is of interest to you, start by looking for schools that offer a diploma program. Speak to someone at the school about what is involved in getting enrolled, how long the course it, the cost, and the benefits that the school can offer. Veterinary assistants can enjoy a rewarding career working with animals and their owners.
This information was provided and sponsored by Robertson College.