Becoming a Veterinary Technician Assistant
A veterinary technician assistant is part of the veterinary team that provides support to the veterinary technician’s daily schedule. This can include things such as restraint for blood draws, surgical preparation of the surgery suite and cleaning of the hospital facilities.
A veterinary technician assistant’s job can include:
- Restraining pets (keeping pets from moving)
- Assisting with X-rays
- Helping give checkups and vaccines
- Help educate clients about keeping their pet’s teeth clean
- Showing pet owners how to better care for their pets
Who would be good at this job?
This might be right for you are interested in veterinary medicine, but aren’t sure what it entails? It’s a great place to find out! You should have some of the same qualities as a veterinary technician, including:
- Aren’t bothered by things like blood and animal waste
- Enjoy animals, people, science and helping others
- Are confident and good at communicating with those around you
What is great about this job?
- Helping save pets’ lives
- Working with people to keep their pets healthy and happy
- Helping sick pets get better
What is the hardest thing about being a veterinary technician assistant?
You sometimes have to help support the veterinarian when an owner has to say goodbye to, put to sleep, their pet because their pet is very sick.
What else can veterinary technician assistants do?
The most popular choice is to work in the veterinarian’s office, however you can also choose a career in:
- Animal rescue teams
- Humane societies
- Cattle and cow health
What education does a veterinary technician assistant need?
This job usually requires a high school diploma. It’s a good entry-level job. It also helps if you’ve worked with animals before.
What can you do to start getting ready for this job?
- Volunteer for a veterinary practice or animal shelter
- Take a lot of science classes
- Do well in your classes
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