Veterinarian Assistant Salary
Women make up the vast majority of Veterinarian Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $11.66 per hour. More than two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one in four collect dental insurance. Most Veterinarian Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$19,653 - $41,505|
|Total Pay (||$18,787 - $34,623|
|Hourly Rate||$8.84 - $14.94|
|Overtime||$9.21 - $26.43|
|Total Pay (||$18,787 - $34,623|
Job Description for Veterinarian Assistant
A veterinarian assistant helps handle dogs, cats and other animals in a veterinary practice or animal hospital. The assistant typically performs routine examinations and tests for the veterinarian and provides any assistance required when the doctor sees the animal. This can include helping calm, distract or subdue the animal to facilitate an examination and diagnosis. The assistant also typically is the person who monitors animals that are in recovery from surgical procedures in a kennel area, watching their reactions and appetites, assisting with feeding, and performing other important duties.Read More...
The veterinarian assistant is usually the first person at an animal hospital or veterinary practice to come into contact with the animal needing care. He or she may perform any on-the-spot assessments in emergency situations and is often the point of contact for routine checkups or procedures as well. He or she typically verifies shot records and animal health information and assesses the animal's health through routine examination. Many animals that require a surgical procedure or observation may be kept within the practice or animal hospital for overnight stays during recovery; tasks performed by the assistant in these cases may include keeping cages and housing areas clean, helping with feeding and monitoring behavior during recovery.
Veterinarian assistants typically seek out training in this field from community colleges or vocational schools, and many jurisdictions require some sort of professional certification to pursue employment in this career. Assistants also must have an aptitude and love for working with animals. Most veterinarian assistants work during daytime hours in an animal clinic, but animal hospitals and emergency service veterinary practices may require shift work or on-call status.
Veterinarian Assistant Tasks
- Interact with animals, staff and owners to determine care plans move animals to designated locations.
- Train owners in drug administration, preventative maintenance and post-procedure care.
- Inventory equipment and medications to determine ordering needs and availability.
- Maintain animals, including feeding, cleaning, administering drugs and documenting care.
- Support examinations by obtaining data and ensuring a safe environment.
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Pay by Experience Level for Veterinarian Assistant
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Veterinarian Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $23K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $25K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $29K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $31K on average.
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