The average salary for an Associate Veterinarian is $77,155.
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Job Description for Associate Veterinarian
Associate veterinarian positions are available at many pet hospitals, veterinary clinics, and veterinarians' offices. Requirements for these jobs often vary based on the size of the hospital, the pay level, and demand for the position. However, educational requirements generally include a doctor of veterinary medicine degree or equivalent. Many positions also require a license with state veterinary boards, and some jobs require a license with the Drug Enforcement Agency as well. Previous veterin…Read more
Associate Veterinarian Tasks
- Examine animals to detect and determine health, injury, or illnesses.
- Counsel pet owners around treatment and diagnosis, and perform authorization when required.
- Administer vaccinations and collect samples for testing for pathogens or diseases.
- Provide immediate treatment and care including diagnosis, prescriptions, and/or advice and behavior changes.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Associate Veterinarian
The top respondents for the job title Associate Veterinarian are from the companies Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Animal Hospital and VCA Antech. Reported salaries are highest at VCA Animal Hospital where the average pay is $94,286. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include VCA Antech, earning around $90,000. Veterinary Associates pays the lowest at around $74,470. Vetcor also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $80,000.
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Popular Skills for Associate Veterinarian
Medicine / Surgery
Skills in Client Interaction and General Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Preventative Medicine, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning and Medicine / Surgery.
Pay by Experience Level for Associate Veterinarian
An entry-level Associate Veterinarian with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $71,745 based on 164 salaries. An early career Associate Veterinarian with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $75,252 based on 336 salaries. A mid-career Associate Veterinarian with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $82,596 based on 157 salaries. An experienced Associate Veterinarian with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $85,742 based on 111 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $88,424.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Associate Veterinarian in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 28.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (26.4% more) and Austin, Texas (21.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Denver, Colorado (6.5% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (2.7% less).
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