The average hourly pay for a Veterinary Assistant in Canada is C$14.60.
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What Do Veterinary Assistants Do?
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.
The veterinary assistant may have office duties as well in some practices. They may help with scheduling appointments, work as a liaison …Read more
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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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Assistant
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Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
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What Are Popular Skills for Veterinary Assistants?
Skills in Customer Service, Animal Care, Client Interaction, Medicine / Surgery and Anesthesia are correlated to pay that is above average.
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Assistants?
An entry-level Veterinary Assistant with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of C$13.45 based on 35 salaries. An early career Veterinary Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$14.18 based on 155 salaries. A mid-career Veterinary Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$15.72 based on 62 salaries. An experienced Veterinary Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$15.50 based on 26 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of C$16.
Pay Difference by Location
Employees with Veterinary Assistant in their job title in Ottawa, Ontario earn an average of 3.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Toronto, Ontario (3.3% more) and Vancouver, British Columbia (1.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Victoria, British Columbia (7.3% less), Surrey, British Columbia (2.5% less) and Calgary, Alberta (2.5% less).
Years of Experience
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