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Default Qualifications For Being a Veterinarian Assistant

I've always loved dogs and all animals and have wanted to do something involving them. Being a vet takes more school than I think I could handle or afford and it also takes many years. I would like to have more information about what it takes to become a veterinarian assistant. I think that would be more feasible at this time in my life. Also, can you specialize in one type of animal, like dogs or cats?
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There aren't many qualifications needed to become a veterinary assistant. However; generally speaking, someone with an associate or bachelors degree in an animal science field will have a good chance at landing a job.

There are private organizations and schools that focus on veterinary assistance; however it's not necessary. Much of the time; training will be done in an on-the-job basis through hands on training.

It's definitely a type of job that takes a strong heart though. I don't think I could handle it. assisting in the euthanasia of family pets and the depressed family to go with it would be a daily routine.
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I've always loved dogs and all animals and have wanted to do something involving them. Being a vet takes more school than I think I could handle or afford and it also takes many years. I would like to have more information about what it takes to become a veterinarian assistant. I think that would be more feasible at this time in my life. Also, can you specialize in one type of animal, like dogs or cats?
I think the qualifications differ for location. So, you might want to go down to your vets office and ask them what they had to do to land a job. What courses they needed and how long it took....
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There are no formal educational requirements for veterinary assistants. They receive on-the-job training only.

Job Outlook -Veterinary Assistants:
Veterinary assistants should see much faster than average job growth through 2018.

Earnings - Veterinary Assistants:
Veterinary assistants earned median hourly wages of $10.43 and median annual wages of $21,700 in 2009.

Use the Salary Wizard at Salary.com to find out how much veterinary assistants currently earn in your city.

A Day in a Veterinary Assistant's Life:
On a typical day a Veterinary Assistant may:

feed, water and examine 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's or veterinarian technician's supervision;
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I think you like specially dogs- am I right? Any way I respect your thoughts. To be a Veterinarian Assistant is good and the path you choose for your career is right and will be effective. You go for this course. I appreciate your career planning.
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