As the importance of animal welfare grows, the American Veterinary Medical Association is hosting a symposium in order to increase the dialogue between animal health providers on the best way to care for animals and ways that society can do better.

“Whether their interest is the breeding of pets, the use of animals in biomedical research, or current livestock production practices, Americans have rarely been as focused on animals’ welfare as they are right now—and they are using their passion to shape the future of animal care,” the AVMA said in its announcement of the “Can You Hear Me Now? The Conversation,” symposium to be held Nov. 14-15, 2013 in Rosemont, IL. “Veterinarians, their clients and, especially, their patients have a lot at stake with respect to how and what decisions are made. Accordingly, it’s not surprising that veterinarians also have strong opinions and a lot to say about this topic. The challenge is to find opportunities to share information professionally, while gaining expertise and a broader perspective from colleagues across the profession.”

Like the AVMA said, animal welfare has never been a bigger topic than it is today and that is one of the reasons why the veterinarian industry is rapidly growing and the demand for veterinary assistants is also on the rise.

Veterinary assistants perform a variety of tasks, including monitoring animals after surgery, providing first aid to injured animals and giving medication or immunizations prescribed by the veterinarian. This career offers you a chance to work closely with animals and is often considered a dream job for those who have a passion for working with pets.