Veterinary assistants help veterinarians and veterinary technicians and technologists care for animals in clinics and practices nationwide. Your specific responsibilities would vary from location to location, but may include:
- Feeding, bathing, and exercising animals
- Cleaning and disinfecting cages, kennels, and examination and operation rooms
- Restraining animals during examination and laboratory procedures
- Maintaining and sterilizing surgical instruments and equipment
- Monitoring and caring for animals after surgery
- Helping to provide emergency first aid to sick and injured animals
Veterinary assistants work in veterinary practices and clinics nationwide. As many clinics and animal hospitals are open 24/7, night and weekend schedules are often available.
Veterinary assistants are primarily found working for veterinary service providers (such as private clinics and animal hospitals) though they may also work for colleges and universities or research facilities. They are part of the $69 billion a year U.S. pet industry, which is increasing the demand for these professionals. There are opportunities nationwide, and the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the demand for veterinary assistants will grow by 19%, or over 16,000 new jobs, before 2026.
The U.S. Department of Labor report states that the middle 50% of veterinary assistants nationwide earn between $21,990 and $31,170 annually. You may also qualify for benefits as a veterinary assistant.
No. Employers do not typically require their veterinary assistants to be certified, and just having formal training will help your resume stand out in the job market.
Career Step has been training quality healthcare professionals for over 20 years and offers a comprehensive training program that prepares learners to work as veterinary assistants. With Career Step, you can train affordably without sacrificing quality, learn from comprehensive training developed by industry professionals, take advantage of live support, and quickly gain the specialized skills and you need to succeed as a veterinary assistant. We're committed to helping you achieve your goals, and Career Step provides everything you need to succeed!
In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and either a) have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED), or b) pass the Career Step Pre-Training Assessment Test. There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the Career Step training program.
The Career Step program is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the training on your own schedule and at your own pace. The program is broken into modules, or course subjects, all of which focus on helping you build the essential knowledge and skills of a veterinary assistant.
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Career Step support includes access to:
Training Support Advisors who have professional experience in the industry and are uniquely qualified to answer questions about both the training and the industry. They provide timely answers to questions about the program material and offer a number of personal consultations throughout the training to help learners master important concepts.
Technical Support Advisors who are knowledgeable, experienced, and available six days a week to help you work through any technical or computer issues encountered within the training program.
Career Support Advisors who help you transition to the workforce after completion. Your Career Advisors will help prepare the best resume, develop solid interview skills, and teach you valuable job search techniques.
Though the course is entirely online, you'll never be on your own. Career Step's support team is available to offer personal, ongoing support all the way through the training program.
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The Career Step Veterinary Assistant training program is 150 completion hours. Since the program is completely self-paced and the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows, the time it takes you to complete the course will vary from other learners. Some learners are able to complete their training program in as little as 1 or 2 months (working on the course full-time, 8 hours a day 5 days a week) and others, who are more limited in the time they can devote to the course, take longer (for example, learners who can devote about 10 hours a week may finish in about 4 months).
Every individual who signs up in the Career Step Veterinary Assistant training program receives an initial 6-month period of access. Though the program is designed to be completed in 3 months of full-time study, you'll have a full 6 months to complete your training. If you need extra time to complete the course after your initial 6-month access, we have 3-month extensions available for purchase.
Career Step offers personalized post-training resources for your job search, including:
- Personal consultation with a Career Advisor
- Personalized interview tutorials and training
- Individual resume and cover letter review, tips, and advice
- Access to Career Step's help hotline for 6 months after completion
These resources offer the personalized help you need after completion to transition to the workplace. With this individualized help and attention, the majority of our learners are hired within a few months of completing their training.
Your access includes everything you will need to train for a successful career as a veterinary assistant. Your training includes:
- Access to expert-created training
- Complete ebook library
- One-on-one help from trainer and technical support
- Valuable career resources
We realize that one of the most important questions tied to additional training is how it will be paid for. Because this is such a big part of the decision of whether or not to go back to get additional training, Career Step has designed several financial assistance and payment options. Please visit our Financial Assistance page for more information.
It takes 2-3 business days to process the application, depending on method of payment. Once the payment is processed you will be emailed your course login and password and can start training immediately. Additional course materials are shipped UPS Ground after the payment is processed. The average wait is about 7-10 days.