Associate Veterinarian Salary
For Associate Veterinarians, annual average wages total $72K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by career duration and the individual firm. The majority of Associate Veterinarians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — roughly one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-fourth. The vast majority of Associate Veterinarians (80 percent) who responded to the survey are women. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Associate Veterinarian
Associate veterinarian positions are available at many pet hospitals, veterinary clinics, and veterinarians' offices. Requirements for these jobs often vary based on the size of the hospital, the pay level, and demand for the position. However, educational requirements generally include a doctor of veterinary medicine degree or equivalent. Many positions also require a license with state veterinary boards, and some jobs require a license with the Drug Enforcement Agency as well. Previous veterinary experience is generally required or preferred.Read More...
The basic duties of the associate veterinarian's job revolve around working with animals and their owners to evaluate, diagnose, and treat those animals for any illnesses; they also provide preventative care. Specific tasks performed during a visit may include everything from providing basic vaccinations to consulting with owners about treatment options to performing surgery. The ability to work with a team of veterinary staff members to effectively treat animals is essential, and this job also involves frequent communication with owners to determine their preferences and concerns. The associate veterinarian must be able to effectively communicate with owners about their treatment options and recommended preventative care. In all tasks, it is important to follow strict guidelines and protocols for safety and efficiency.
The associate veterinarian's work is generally performed in an indoor environment, usually in a hospital or office location. Shifts vary, with some occurring during regular business hours and others requiring weekend and evening work. Job-related hazards should be mostly mitigated by use of proper protocols related to exposure, safety, and sanitation, but working in close proximity to animals on a regular basis may create some risk of injury or illness.
Associate Veterinarian Tasks
- Examine animals to detect and determine health, injury, or illnesses.
- Counsel pet owners around treatment and diagnosis, and perform euthanization when required.
- Administer vaccinations and collect samples for testing for pathogens or diseases.
- Provide immediate treatment and care including diagnosis, prescriptions, and/or advice and behavior changes.
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Survey results suggest that Associate Veterinarians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Acupuncture, Medicine / Surgery, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Preventative Medicine and Oral / Verbal Communication. Acupuncture and Medicine / Surgery are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.
Pay by Experience Level for Associate Veterinarian
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $71K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $83K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Associate Veterinarians make a median salary of $80K. Associate Veterinarians who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $84K.
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