The average hourly pay for a Veterinary Assistant is $12.11.
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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. 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
The top respondents for the job title Veterinary Assistant are from the companies Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Animal Hospital and VCA Antech. Reported salaries are highest at BluePearl Veterinary Partners where the average pay is $15.39. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Banfield, The Pet Hospital and All Pets Veterinary Hospital, earning around $13.18 and $12.00, respectively. Animal Care Hospital pays the lowest at around $11.79. VCA Antech and VCA Animal Hospital also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $11.87 and $11.97, respectively.
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Skills in Animal Care, Medicine / Surgery and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service and Client Interaction.
Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Assistant
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 $10.70 based on 217 salaries. An early career Veterinary Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.71 based on 1,455 salaries. A mid-career Veterinary Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.20 based on 493 salaries. An experienced Veterinary Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.29 based on 307 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $15.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Veterinary Assistant in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 27.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (19.3% more) and Portland, Oregon (9.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Las Vegas, Nevada (4.5% less), Katy, Texas (2.0% less) and Houston, Texas (1.0% less).
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