For those who love to play and be around animals getting involved in the field of Veterinary care could be a good career choice. However, knowing what the job entails should be first on the list. A veterinarian assistant will need to be able to work with animals of all kinds, not just dogs and cats. This individual will need to be comfortable around dogs of all sizes, from the largest Great Dane to the smallest Chihuahua. You can’t be afraid of getting bit or scratched (it’s bound to happen), as part of the vet assistants job is to help control the animals.
A veterinarian assistant may also be asked to assist with paperwork or other clerical duties such as answering a phone or greeting clients. They help to maintain and clean the equipment used throughout the day, and may be responsible for cleaning and sanitizing the examination rooms in between visits.
Before jumping in with both feet a good way to test the waters is to do some volunteer work with an animal shelter, a local zoo, or if possible a farm. Volunteering would give a person a good mix of practical working experience and allow the individual to experience what it’s like working with various types of animals. After volunteering in the world of animals one may decide to abandon traditional veterinary work and specialize in reptiles, or decide to become an animal care expert at a zoo. One could also decide to train specifically with farm animals (livestock), which can be quite different than the traditional office setting for smaller animals. Either way knowing hands-on what it’s like working with dogs of all sizes, cats of all temperaments, and things of all species will give a person a greater understanding of what they are getting into.
Working as a veterinarian assistant can be very rewarding; people come in with their hurt or sick pets and the veterinarian assistant is part of the team that makes their pet feel better and helps them to recover. It can also be draining both physically due to emergencies requiring long hours and emotionally, as some pets cannot always be saved. In this case the veterinarian assistant will need to be very empathetic and help to comfort those who have lost or are losing a beloved member of their family.
The veterinarian assistant is part of a large team of people dedicated to making pets as healthy as they can be. The job is definitely demanding, but if you are one who is looking at entering the field of veterinary care this could be the gateway to a wonderful career. The more education a person can receive the better, as there is stiff competition for good paying jobs. Taking a two-year course would allow a person to become a veterinary technician which would command more money than would an assistant. The job growth for those interested in the veterinary field is approximately 12%, which is about average.