Working as a veterinary assistant can mean working in a variety of work settings. One of the advantages to this type of profession is the diversity of work environments professionally trained veterinary assistants can work in.
Veterinarian assistants are like nurses for animal patients and most employers look for veterinarian assistants who have professional training. Veterinarian assistants can also expand on their training to focus on the areas of anesthesia, dentistry, bandaging, and surgical assisting, and more training in obtaining blood samples, taking X-rays, placing catheters, and administering treatments. They may also have experience with exotic animals such as birds, reptiles, and small mammals.
Veterinary assistants can work in a variety of settings including veterinary clinics and animal hospitals. With the right training, some veterinary assistants could find work in animal medical research.
For those veterinary assistants who work in clinics the hour can range from normal 9 to 5, or can be flexible in clinics that offer 24 hour service, which is growing in popularity.
There are many advantages to working as a veterinary assistant, including a chance to work with animals, job stability and higher than average starting pay. But a variety of options when it comes to work environment is another advantage, especially for those with professional training.
At Milwaukee Career College’s veterinary assistant training program, students are being prepared to meet the growing demand for veterinary assistants currently being felt across the country in a variety of clinics and research facilities that provide animal care.