Veterinary Receptionist Full Job Description
Get ready to be one of those weirdos who loves their job.
Our unique program prepares you to become a veterinary assistant and medical office manager. Your combined veterinary medical receptionist skills will make you a critical part of any vet clinic or medical office.
As a veterinary assistant you’ll work with animals every day, helping to care for their injuries and treat their illnesses. A typical day in your new life will probably include:
- Feeding, bathing, and exercising animals (the fun stuff!)
- Monitoring and nursing animals after surgery
- Restraining animals during exams and procedures
- Cleaning and prepping equipment and facilities
As a veterinary clinic receptionist or medical office manager, your day is. All about keeping the administrative side of the practice running smoothly. Your days will include:
- Managing day-to-day operations
- Creating and updating electronic health records
- Scheduling and coordinating appointments
- Verifying patient insurance
Veterinary receptionists work primarily in veterinary clinics, while medical office managers can work in any type of healthcare facility. Graduating with both skills gives you the option to work with animals or people. It also provides unlimited market flexibility, allowing you tap into a wide range of employment opportunities, wherever you live. You’ll be well positioned to move into management too as you gain priceless experience. Your real-world veterinary receptionist skills are also a great first step towards becoming a veterinarian. Or for pursuing any lifelong passion to work with animals—doing rescue or volunteer work (and achieving your pet sainthood).
Salaries vary by employer, location, and experience. But the U.S. Department of Labor estimates the median annual wage for a veterinary receptionist is $35,760. Half of veterinary receptionists in the U.S. earn more than that and half earn less. In addition to steady pay, you may also qualify for invaluable healthcare and employee benefits.
More specifically, how much you earn depends on what route you go.
- Veterinary assistants earn average annual salaries of $26,000 to $31,170 a year.
- Medical secretaries earn average annual salaries of $34,610 to $41,460 a year.
- Veterinary practice managers (your natural next step) earn average annual salaries of $46,000 to $64,000 a year.
Veterinary clinic receptionist is a great career choice. And it’s getting even better because it’s related to two of our nation’s fastest growing industries.
- Veterinary receptionists are in demand, because people are pet crazy! U.S. pet owners spent nearly $70 billion on their furry friends in the last year—rapidly increasing demand for well-trained professionals. It’s estimated employment opportunities will grow 19% by 2028.* That’s 17,600 new jobs you can take your pick from in the coming years.
- Medical administrative assistants can work in the even-faster-growing (human) healthcare industry. Our aging population is driving employment opportunities up an incredible 22% with over 129,000 new jobs opening up before 2026.