Flexibility: Medium

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: If you’re an animal lover and wish you could spend your paid working hours caring for furry friends, it turns out that with some training, you can.

Amava Take: When you think about what makes people feel fulfilled, hanging around animals tops a lot of lists. If that’s your case, there are busy veterinary offices wherever there are companion, working or sporting animals. And they need assistants to keep things running smoothly for the animals and those two-legged creatures who pay the bills. If you’re ready to give shots, take temperatures, get cute animals to step on the scale and keep their records in order, this could be a great fit for you.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?

Animal lovers who are calm, competent and not too squeamish.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Realize that inexperienced pet owners may hang on your every word!

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Usually, it will be shifts and the number of them per week can vary.

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?

Watching puppies grow into well-behaved, healthy dogs is amazing.

How would you describe the hard parts?

There are some glands we have to clean out from time-to-time. That’s all I’m gonna say there.

Do you have any special advice for pet owners?

Yes! Not too many treats and consider ultrasonic teeth cleaning without anesthesia. If your pet is calm enough it is a super easy way to ensure good dental health.

Special Requirements: To be a veterinary assistant, you need to be certified and that involves training. Find out more about programs and other information about how to become a Veterinary Assistant, including typical duties and what you can expect in terms of pay and prospects.

Finding a Position: You can always check in with local offices in your area if you know and like some veterinarians in your community. There are also specialized job boards for veterinary offices and specific listings for veterinary assistant jobs.