Getting a veterinary assistant job.

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151 months ago

I just got a job as a vet assistant i just aplied and they called me! i really like it alot they teach you everything you need to know! good luck



126 months ago

Rebecca in Victoria, Texas said: I am 16 and I was a veterinary assistant already. I don't believe you need any type of education. I have not even graduated high school yet. I just love animals.

How did you become an assistant? I am looking to become one but I don't know what steps to take? I also love animals and I am 16.


CindyRVT in Henderson, Texas

125 months ago

Becoming a veterinary assistant doesn't require any specific education or degree program. This is an entry level position in veterinary medicine and most times vets will train new staff on the job. Be aware that a veterinary assistant position is different from that of a "veterinary technician" in many states. Veterinary assisting courses will not be sufficient to allow you to take the National Veterinary Technician Exam or be credentialed as a veterinary technician.

However, this lack of required training/education is due to the fact that there weren't veterinary assistant programs available in the past that were approved by an veterinary medical associations. There have been lots of online veterinary assistant programs for years who's curriculum and information hasn't been written, checked or approved by professionals in the field. Now there are at least a few veterinary assistant programs where the curriculum is written and approved by veterinarians and credentialed veterinary technicians. There are even a couple that count as college credits should you decide to go on with a degree in veterinary technology. If you wish to take an online certification program, choose one that is approved by a state or national veterinary medical association or through a college that also offers and AVMA approved veterinary technology program. These types of certification courses will be better recieved by potential employers.

But in general you can simply send your resume with all animal experience listed to local veterinary hospitals and try to get some interviews. Working as an assistant is a wonderful way to determine if this type of work is what you really want to do and if you should look into getting a degree in veterinary technology.


Catherine 8763@gmail. com

52 months ago

I am 27 years old and got hired when I was 16 in Chesapeake, va. As a Secretary/ assistant and now I live in mobile, al. And am trying to get a job as a vet assistant and am having a hard time getting my foot in the door anywhere around here. I have my right forearm and hand covered in tatoos. I don't know if that is what is hindering me or if there is anything that I can do to help my odds. Please help if you have any advice!


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