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Veterinary Assistants


Veterinary assistants play a vital role in the field of veterinarian medicine. By working with the veterinarian technicians and veterinarians, veterinary assistants offer medical assistance and pet first aid help to injured as well as sick animals.

Veterinary assistants get on the job training unlike veterinayy technicians which requires a formal education.

Routine tasks of veterinary assistants include feeding, and giving medicines to animals, bathing and cleaning them. In addition, they help vet technicians during animal tests and help to look after the animals at every point of time during their treatment duration.

They take pulse, monitor temperature and respiratory level of pets. In fact, some of the vet assistants help vet surgeons during surgical treatment, do office related work and act as desk clerks.

At present, a large number of veterinary assistants work in private clinics, and pet emergency clinics. On the other hand, several others work at pet shelters, kennels, pet stores, vet drug companies and animal control facilities. As injured and sick animals need constant care at times, vet assistants need to carry out hard, repetitive and dirty tasks. However, people who actually love animals find this job interesting and rewarding.

Role of Veterinary Assistants:

Like all health occupations, veterinary care is also a highly regulated profession and certified veterinary assistants may also perform most of the treatments or examinations. While vet assistants help with a large number of remedial procedures, they often do not carry out any of their tasks independently.

Below discussed are some of the several duties that veterinary assistants have to perform:

1. Preparing treatment or examination room to conduct exam or surgery

2. Restraining or holding animals during the procedures of testing

3. Preparing equipments as well as tools for surgical treatments or procedures

4. Helping vets during surgical procedures

5. Helping those people, who take and prepare X-rays of pets

6. Arranging basic laboratory exams

7. Maintaining sanitation in vet hospitals

8. Answering telephone queries of pet owners about dog health and scheduling appointments with vets.

On-the-Job Training:

To become a veterinary assistant, you do not require any formal education qualification, because, candidates get on-the-job training, which includes animal emergency medicine, nursing skills and lab procedures. In addition, they are also trained as how to feed and examine pets.

According to a survey, in 2009, veterinary assistants charged an hourly rate of $10, which totaled an annual pay of $20,770. In recent times, many companies are offering special programs for veterinary assistants to excel in this profession.




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