What does a Veterinarian Assistant do?
A veterinarian assistant cares for the well-being of animals in animal hospitals, clinics or laboratories. They feed, bath, exercise, and monitor animals as well as disinfect cages, kennels or examination and operating rooms. They monitor animals after surgery and assist a veterinarian in a variety of other duties.
They restrain animals during an examination or laboratory procedure. He or she would give medication or immunizations prescribed by the veterinarian and assist in collecting, urine, blood and tissue samples of the animal. They would monitor and care for an animal after any surgical procedure.
How to Become a Veterinarian Assistant
Most employers expect a veterinarian assistant to have at least a high school diploma and would usually give on-the-job training. An employer would prefer previous experience with animals.
Job Description of a Veterinarian Assistant
A veterinarian assistant would sterilize surgical instruments and equipment, as well as, feed, bathe, exercise and weigh the animals. They are most often found working in clinics, animal hospitals and laboratories, while others, work in colleges, universities and research facilities. They must work a variety of hours, including nights, week-ends and holidays.