Veterinarian Assistant Salary
Veterinarian Assistants in the United States take home approximately $11.53 per hour on average. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Veterinarian Assistants. Women account for the majority of Veterinarian Assistants who took the survey — 83 percent to be exact. Nearly two in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to one-fourth collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$19,894 - $38,974|
|Total Pay (||$18,783 - $34,076|
|Hourly Rate||$8.80 - $15.38|
|Overtime||$11.25 - $25.70|
|Total Pay (||$18,783 - $34,076|
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. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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
Pay by Experience for a Veterinarian Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Veterinarian Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 86 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Veterinarian Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 40 salaries. An experienced Veterinarian Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 20 salaries. A Veterinarian Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 7 salaries.
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