Veterinary Assistant Salary

A Veterinary Assistant earns an average wage of $11.37 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Emergency/Trauma and venipuncture. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job.
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$17,439 - $59,598
$17K
$26K
$60K
MEDIAN: $26,034
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$8.93 - $14.98
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MEDIAN: $11.37
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$17,439 - $59,598  
   
Bonus
$97.56 - $1,761  
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
Total Pay (?
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$18,716 - $32,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.93 - $14.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.75  
Overtime
$13.21 - $22.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$97.56 - $1,761  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
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).
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$18,716 - $32,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,440

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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.

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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 Level for Veterinary Assistant

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.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $24,189

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Veterinary Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Veterinary Assistant?

Veterinary Assistant in Acworth:
Pros: Working with animals and being able to make animals better.
Cons: High stress job were training is not a basic standard in the company. You learn as you go and make more mistakes making the job less enjoyable. Being called into different positions based on how many people are waiting. Then being reprimanded for not doing another job at that time.

Veterinary Assistant in Portland:
Pros: I love being able to work with animals in a setting that challenges me everyday. I am learning something new everyday whether it involves diagnostic care or honing my technical skills in working with animal patients.
Cons: It can get hectic and stressful, especially when we are under-staffed. Clients, by and large don't fully understand or respect our line of work as medical professionals because we work with animals and not humans.

Veterinary Assistant in Wallingford:
"Very labor intensive, long hours but very rewarding."
Pros: Caring for animals, and the people who bring them in.
Cons: Euthanasias are very tough and emotionally draining.

Veterinary Assistant in Wichita Falls:
Pros: Improving the lives of animals. I worked on the other side of the pet industry, selling them. Now I can make it right.
Cons: The office manager has no interest in the welfare of the employees or the animals. Weekly conflicts with the vets, employees & sometimes with clients.

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Key Stats for Veterinary Assistant

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 191 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Veterinary Assistant Salaries

▲32%

▲19%

▲7%

National Average
$24,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Veterinary Assistant Salaries

Emergency/Trauma
▲18%

venipuncture
▲12%

Surgery
▲9%

▲7%

▲5%


▲4%


animal restraint
▲3%


Customer Service
▼0%

National Average
$24,000

Triage
▼1%

Restraint
▼2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼6%

Cleaning
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 191 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
no benefits
None: 56%