Veterinary Assistant Salary
|Salary||$17,439 - $59,598|
|Bonus||$97.56 - $1,761|
|Total Pay (|
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).)
|$18,716 - $32,477|
|Hourly Rate||$8.93 - $14.98|
|Overtime||$13.21 - $22.94|
|Bonus||$97.56 - $1,761|
|Total Pay (||$18,716 - $32,477|
Job Description for Veterinary Assistant
The veterinary assistant primarily assists veterinarians in a practice with animal care. Often, it involves working side by side with the veterinarian to administer vaccinations, draw blood for testing, or otherwise generally assist in examinations and care. In certain situations, they are called upon to assist the veterinarian in surgical procedures as well.Read More...
The veterinary assistant may have office duties as well in some practices. They may help with scheduling appointments, work as a liaison with pet owners, and help maintain a clean, healthy waiting area and examination environment. Thus, depending on the situation, an assistant may need at least some familiarity with office functions such as word processing and file management.
Where allowed by licensing requirements, the assistant also typically has supervisory responsibilities for animals left in the care of the veterinary practice. They handle proper feeding and water schedules, and they must keep such areas clean and sanitary, working to assist housebroken animals in elimination and other hands-on needs.
One of the main requirements for the veterinary assistant position is a love for and comfort with animals and pets of all kinds. Additionally, being a veterinary assistant normally requires some form of technical or vocational training and certification. Normally, veterinary assistants work standard business hours, but, in certain practices, they may also be required to spend late nights or overnights at the clinic in the aforementioned supervisory role.
Veterinary 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 for a Veterinary Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Veterinary Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 1,149 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Veterinary Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 325 salaries. An experienced Veterinary Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 196 salaries. A Veterinary Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 33 salaries.
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