Getting a veterinary receptionist job.

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How did you get your start doing veterinary receptionist work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

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annehuard in Sudbury, Ontario

95 months ago

I first started working at a kennel, learned about dogs, grooming, actually got a job as a groomer in a vet clinic. I would sometimes replace the receptionist when she went for lunch and some time later they offered me a position.

I think you need some animal background, because there is alot to learn, about vaccines, surgery protocols, bloodwork, xrays etc...

But the most important I find in you must be a people person first and foremost.

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Cortney in Grand Rapids, Michigan

84 months ago

I always had a passion to work with animals AND people so the job was just a perfect fit.

I volunteered at the Humane Society, which also looked good on my resume.

ANY previous customer service experience is a huge plus.

It will also help if you have pets of your own, because you do learn a lot about different procedures, medications, vaccinations, etc.

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Rood Lady in Lawrence, Kansas

83 months ago

I just recently applied for a Client Services/Receptionist position at a local animal hospital. While I don't have previous experience with animals, I do have two cats of my own, and I have 8+ years customer service experience (working in a restaurant). I am really hoping I get this job, as I think it will be a great opportunity to gain experience with animals, which has always been a life-long dream.

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brooke in Bakersfield, California

49 months ago

Rood Lady in Lawrence, Kansas said: I just recently applied for a Client Services/Receptionist position at a local animal hospital. While I don't have previous experience with animals, I do have two cats of my own, and I have 8+ years customer service experience (working in a restaurant). I am really hoping I get this job, as I think it will be a great opportunity to gain experience with animals, which has always been a life-long dream.

I just started a job as a veterinary receptionist and I had no experience with animals at all. I am also hoping to gain the experience with animals, and I will tell you that it is a little intimidating not knowing all of the terminology and protocols. I am going to do my best and learn all I can and research as much protocols to help me out on the job. But I love animals and I can tell that this job will be very fulfilling.

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Juliew in Baltimore, Maryland

42 months ago

There is an online teleconferencing course to become a Veterinary Office Specialist through Anne Arundel Community College, Maryland continuing education program in partnership with the Veterinary Technical Institute. I am currently enrolled in the program and the teacher, Kim Fish is outstanding. If you are taking the class through Anne Arundel Community College there are different fee scales for in county resident, in state resident or out of state resident (the catalog will only state the in county fee.) The course supplies written material in pdf formats that you print yourself. It is extremely well written and organized. The teleconferencing is a live online time with the instructor, 12 hours in total combined with open book tests, reading the text and six hours of clinical experience in a veterinary clinic reception, overall it requires about 100 hours of study. I hope this is helpful for anyone who may want to receive education and training.

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Juliew in Baltimore, Maryland

36 months ago

Juliew in Baltimore, Maryland said: There is an online teleconferencing course to become a Veterinary Office Specialist through Anne Arundel Community College, Maryland continuing education program in partnership with the Veterinary Technical Institute. I am currently enrolled in the program and the teacher, Kim Fish is outstanding. If you are taking the class through Anne Arundel Community College there are different fee scales for in county resident, in state resident or out of state resident (the catalog will only state the in county fee.) The course supplies written material in pdf formats that you print yourself. It is extremely well written and organized. The teleconferencing is a live online time with the instructor, 12 hours in total combined with open book tests, reading the text and six hours of clinical experience in a veterinary clinic reception, overall it requires about 100 hours of study. I hope this is helpful for anyone who may want to receive education and training.

Update: I wrote this post after two class sessions, before I found that the instructor would fail to "arrive" at the teleconference lectures, cancel numerous classes, be late to numerous lectures, not grade and return assignments/exams in a timely fashion. I do not recommend this instructor for these reasons and more!

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