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by SJVC on August 20, 2018 · 9:00 am
Do you enjoy working with animals as much as people? Do you want a career that has a mix of medicine, compassion, and dedication? Do you want to be the link between the veterinarian, animal, and client? If so, then becoming a veterinarian assistant may be the right career path for you.
Veterinary assistants typically do the following, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Veterinary assistants are in demand, and the job outlook for this career is good: The BLS shows that employment of veterinary assistants is projects to grow 19% through 2026, much faster than the average growth rate of 7% for all occupations. With the increase in the number of households with pets, as well as spending on pets, there is going to be an increase in the demand for veterinary assistants to help care for household animals.
Also, in California, the demand and pay for veterinary assistants is among the best in the United States. The BLS shows that California has the highest employment level with 11,410 jobs, and also ranks fourth in pay, with an annual mean wage of $31,220.
Veterinary assistants will usually work in animal hospitals and private clinics. They may also work at colleges, universities and laboratories, the BLS reports.
Working with animals can be very rewarding but it’s also hard work. The work of a veterinary assistant isn’t as glamorous as it might seem. Picking up feces and getting urinated on by animals is something that vet assistants will have to get used to.
According to the BLS, you may be bitten or injured by a frightened or aggressive animal. You’ll also have to work with abused and severely injured animals and help veterinarians when they euthanize animals. Since many clinics and labs are staffed 24 hours a day, vet assistants may be expected to work evenings, weekends, or holidays.
There are also important qualities that vet assistants must possess. According to the BLS, these qualities are:
If you’re looking for a career where you get to play with animals, then this isn’t the career choice for you. Being a veterinary assistant is for those with a real commitment to taking care of animals and isn’t something to be taken lightly.
In order to become a Veterinary Assistant, one first step you can take is to enroll in a veterinary assistant program at an accredited college or university.
SJVC’s Veterinary Assistant program can train you to help animals. Our in-depth training covers all areas of animal patient care, from restraint techniques to lab tests and diagnostic imaging.
Students in SJVC’s program can earn a Certificate of Completion in approximately 9 months. Our Veterinary Assistant graduates can apply for licensure by meeting all of the Veterinary Medical Board requirements, including 4,416 hours of practical experience under the direct supervision of a California licensed veterinarian. Candidates must also submit all SJVC course outlines to the Veterinary Medical Board.
Request more information or call 866-544-7898 to speak with an admissions advisor about SJVC’s Veterinary Assistant Program.
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