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Love Animals? Become a Veterinary Assistant!

Published: October 22, 2014 | Updated: October 26, 2020

Do you love animals? Could you imagine working with them every day? As a Veterinary Assistant, you could do what you love and make a real difference.

What is a Veterinary Assistant? A Veterinary Assistant takes care of animals! They perform a wide-range of tasks, usually under the direction of veterinarians, scientists, or veterinary technicians.

What would I do as a Veterinary Assistant? A Veterinary Assistant usually helps the veterinarian as they diagnose, treat and care for animals. Among their many responsibilities are: feed, bathe, and exercise animals, clean their cages, sterilize surgical tools and equipment, monitor animals after surgery, provide emergency first aid to sick or injured animals, and administer medication or immunizations. As a Veterinary Assistant, you might also interact with pet owners to explain medical conditions and procedures, discuss treatment options, and even provide emotional support in times of stress or sadness.

Where could I work? You could work anywhere from animal hospitals and clinics to laboratories and research facilities. These work environments offer an active and varied schedule where you would have many responsibilities.

How could I become one? In a certificate program, you’ll learn how a veterinary office is run, anatomy and common diseases in small animals, veterinary preventative care, small animal nursing, effects of drug and medicine, laboratory procedures, radiology, and surgical assisting. Outside of the classroom, you’ll participate in an externship program that provides hands-on learning which is crucial in this line of work. The practical training complements the classroom learning to deliver a comprehensive education that you’ll need to be successful.  

Turn your love for animals into a career! Charter College offers a Certificate in Veterinary Assistant program in Vancouver, WA and Oxnard, CA that will teach you the necessary skills to work in this rewarding profession. You’ll experience a blended learning curriculum that combines hands-on training in the lab with flexible online learning. Check out Charter College today!