Veterinary Assistant

Melissa Howe Melissa Howe

What is a Veterinary Assistant?

Veterinary assistants assist the veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians. They care for animals in laboratories, animal hospitals and clinics. Some have received a certificate in veterinary assisting through an accredited college or on the job professional training.

What responsibilities do veterinary assistants have?

On a typical day a Veterinary Assistant working with smalls animals, for example dogs, cats, birds, and reptiles, in a clinical practice will:
  • Obtaining and recording patient case histories
  • Restraint of animals during an exam
  • Feed, water and observe animals
  • Clean and disinfect cages and work areas
  • Sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment
  • Provide post-operative care
  • Administer medication orally or topically
  • Prepare samples for laboratory examination under a veterinarian or veterinarian technician's supervision