Pet ownership has always been a part of American culture, but there has been a recent boost in the number of Americans who own a pet.

A growing population is one reason why pet ownership is on the rise, but so is the growth of single households where pets are seen as a source of companionship. Over 70 million households are estimated to have at least one pet, making the pet industry, and the pet healthcare sector, a growing part of the nation’s economy.

With more Americans owning pets there is a growing demand for veterinary services, which means there is also a growing need for veterinary assistants. Today’s veterinary assistants must be capable of showing compassion and able to communicate clearly with pet owners who may be distressed when they bring in their animal for medical care. However, veterinary assistants also provide hands-on clinical care for animals and must have quality training to perform the job. 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. Veterinary assistants also work closely with pet owners by answering their questions and helping them understand the best way to care for their pet once it is returned home.

If you enjoy working with animals and have the compassion to care for pets and their families, then becoming a professionally trained veterinary assistant could be the perfect job for you, especially as the demand for professionally trained veterinary assistants is only going to get bigger.