What is a Veterinary Assistant?
Veterinary assistants assist the veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians. They care for animals in laboratories, animal hospitals and clinics. Some have received a certificate in veterinary assisting through an accredited college or on the job professional training.
What responsibilities do veterinary assistants have?
On a typical day a Veterinary Assistant working with smalls animals, for example dogs, cats, birds, and reptiles, in a clinical practice will:
- Obtaining and recording patient case histories
- Restraint of animals during an exam
- Feed, water and observe animals
- Clean and disinfect cages and work areas
- Sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment
- Provide post-operative care
- Administer medication orally or topically
- Prepare samples for laboratory examination under a veterinarian or veterinarian technician's supervision