Training as a veterinary assistant includes learning how to care for animals and manage a veterinary facility. That is why Milwaukee Career College’s veterinary assistant training program specializes in a holistic approach that prepares students to posses the skills today’s employers are looking for.

Veterinary assistants monitor animals that are recovering from surgery and will note any changes or symptoms that need to be brought to the attention of the veterinarian. Veterinary assistants must be able to pay attention to detail and are training in what behavior from an animal must be addressed.

There is also some work which require physical fitness, such as cleaning and maintaining kennels, animal holding areas, examination or operating rooms. Veterinary assistants also help load animals into facilities. Veterinary assistants also hold or restrain animals during veterinary procedures.

Veterinary assistants must also be able to perform routine laboratory tests or diagnostic tests, such as taking or developing x-rays, administer anesthetics during surgery and monitor the effects on animals, prepare surgical equipment and pass instruments or materials to veterinarians during surgical procedures.

Veterinary assistants must also have good communication skills. Not only must they be able to communicate with the veterinarian, but they must also be able to communicate with pet owners who can sometimes be distressed because of the issue their pet is experiencing. Working with patients and performing administrative tasks is also part of the job.

If you are interested in starting a career as a veterinary assistant then completing the training program at Milwaukee Career College could be the right step towards a new long-term career.