Pet ownership has never been higher, and neither has the demand for veterinary assistants and veterinarian care.

A pet ownership infographic released by VetDepot, an Internet retailer of pet medications and supplies, reveals that the number of U.S. pet owning households has reached an all-time high of 72.9 million in 2012, up 2.1 percent from the previous year. Those figures indicate that over two-thirds of households in the United States have at least one pet and 85 million homes have at least one dog or cat.

Pets are part of the American family like never before and that means those industries that work with pets are also showing substantial growth, which includes the veterinary sector. That growth means the demand for veterinary assistants is higher than its ever been and for jobseekers who enjoy caring for animals, there has never been a better time to become a veterinary assistant.

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.

More Americans than ever before have pets and that means the demand for quality veterinarian care has never been higher. If you are looking for a new career and have a passion for animals, the becoming a veterinary assistant would be the perfect job for you and Milwaukee Career College’s veterinary assistant training program is the ideal place to launch that new career.