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Veterinary assistants take care of animals in veterinarian offices, animal hospitals, clinics, kennels, animal shelters and laboratories. Their major responsibilities include providing animals with food and water, exercising the animals, taking care of basic kennel tasks, and handling and restraining animals. They also perform basic laboratory and clerical procedures necessary for the daily operation of a facility.

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Veterinary Assistant Schools

A passion for animals, above-average academic performance in math and the sciences, good decision-making and communication skills, and the ability to work well with your hands are all characteristics of a successful veterinary assistant. You can learn these skills in one of the following vocational and community college programs:

  • Ashworth College: Though this veterinary assistant training program is offered online, it also assists students with finding local externships in a clinical setting.
  • Animal Behavioral College: This online program offers hands-on training in veterinary assistance. This program also includes placement in an externship located near you.
  • Brookdale Community College: This community college in Lincroft, New Jersey provides training for veterinary assistants. The program is approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).
  • Foothill College: This community college in Los Altos Hills, California offers a veterinary assistant certificate program that provides entry-level training for those starting careers in animal care.
  • Penn Foster College: This online school's veterinary assistant career diploma prepares students to sit for the Approved Veterinary Assistant examination.

Veterinary Assistant Education Requirements

Depending on the veterinarian office in which she works, a veterinary assistant can learn her duties on the job and can be hired with little formal education. However, prior experience in dealing with animals is helpful. Veterinary assistant programs offered through some vocational schools and community colleges, such as those above, can help train future vet techs in a more formal setting. Veterinary assistant training involves a balance of classroom education and hands-on training.

Veterinary assistant programs usually include courses in the basics of dogs and cats, animal behavior, handling and restraining animals, veterinary terminology, nutrition and parasites. A solid foundation is also provided in obtaining animal health histories and records, body systems of animals, pathology and other subjects.

Currently, there is no credentialing examination or required certification for veterinary assistants. Certification programs, however, can be beneficial in helping you get your foot in the door with employers.

Resources for Veterinary Assistants

Sources:

  1. Animal Behavioral College, http://www.animalbehaviorcollege.com/VeterinaryAssistant/
  2. Ashworth College, https://www.ashworthcollege.edu/career-diplomas/veterinary-assisting/
  3. Brookdale Community College, http://www.brookdalecc.edu/continuinged/healthcare/hctraining/vet-assistant/
  4. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Veterinary Assistant, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/veterinary-assistants-and-laboratory-animal-caretakers.htm
  5. Penn Foster College, http://www.pennfoster.edu/programs-and-degrees/veterinary-studies/veterinary-assistant-career-diploma
  6. Foothill College, http://www.foothill.edu/bio/programs/vetasst/

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Montgomery 120 $23,680
Auburn 110 $26,580
Opelika 110 $26,580
Mobile N/A $21,780
Huntsville N/A $21,950
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 90 $27,350
Fairbanks 40 $28,450
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 970 $24,530
Scottsdale 970 $24,530
Mesa 970 $24,530
Tucson 130 $24,110
Douglas 40 $22,590
Sierra Vista 40 $22,590
Prescott 40 $22,650
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 290 $19,380
North Little Rock 290 $19,380
Little Rock 290 $19,380
Jonesboro 60 $20,950
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 3680 $26,730
Long Beach 3680 $26,730
Los Angeles 3680 $26,730
San Francisco 1250 $30,680
Oakland 1250 $30,680
Hayward 1250 $30,680
San Diego 1240 $28,970
Carlsbad 1240 $28,970
Ontario 890 $25,120
San Bernardino 890 $25,120
Riverside 890 $25,120
Sunnyvale 560 $33,610
San Jose 560 $33,610
Santa Clara 560 $33,610
Roseville 470 $26,030
Sacramento 470 $26,030
Arden 470 $26,030
Arcade 470 $26,030
Arroyo Grande 240 $27,140
San Luis Obispo 240 $27,140
Paso Robles 240 $27,140
Oxnard 200 $28,630
Thousand Oaks 200 $28,630
Ventura 200 $28,630
Bakersfield 170 $22,740
Modesto 170 $23,260
Stockton 150 $22,900
Lodi 150 $22,900
Santa Rosa 150 $27,030
Fresno 140 $26,780
Chico 110 $26,010
Napa 80 $25,390
Porterville 60 $24,280
Visalia 60 $24,280
Redding 60 $26,330
Merced 50 $22,690
Yuba City 40 $24,550
Salinas N/A $27,440
Vallejo N/A $28,040
Fairfield N/A $28,040
Santa Maria N/A $28,840
Santa Barbara N/A $28,840
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 260 $25,410
Aurora 260 $25,410
Denver 260 $25,410
Greeley 60 $23,780
Grand Junction 50 $25,040
Fort Collins N/A $19,360
Colorado Springs N/A $23,120
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Stamford 320 $23,790
Norwalk 320 $23,790
Bridgeport 320 $23,790
New Haven 240 $49,400
West Hartford 200 $24,600
East Hartford 200 $24,600
Hartford 200 $24,600
Waterbury 30 $27,380
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 60 $25,130
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 1030 $23,190
Fort Lauderdale 1030 $23,190
Miami 1030 $23,190
St. Petersburg 880 $21,380
Tampa 880 $21,380
Clearwater 880 $21,380
Kissimmee 580 $22,710
Sanford 580 $22,710
Orlando 580 $22,710
Jacksonville 270 $22,230
Fort Myers 170 $27,060
Cape Coral 170 $27,060
Pensacola 160 $21,440
Brent 160 $21,440
Ferry Pass 160 $21,440
Bradenton 150 $23,580
North Port 150 $23,580
Sarasota 150 $23,580
Melbourne 150 $23,810
Titusville 150 $23,810
Palm Bay 150 $23,810
Gainesville 120 $18,870
Tallahassee 110 $19,280
Ormond Beach 110 $21,460
Daytona Beach 110 $21,460
Deltona 110 $21,460
Winter Haven 100 $22,750
Lakeland 100 $22,750
Port St. Lucie 80 $22,360
Crestview 80 $22,830
Fort Walton Beach 80 $22,830
Destin 80 $22,830
Naples 40 $20,950
Immokalee 40 $20,950
Marco Island 40 $20,950
Homosassa Springs 30 $21,510
Ocala N/A $22,620
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 1510 $22,710
Sandy Springs 1510 $22,710
Atlanta 1510 $22,710
Clarke County 70 N/A
Athens 70 N/A
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 150 $25,010
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 130 $25,930
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urbana 100 $24,380
Champaign 100 $24,380
Decatur 50 $23,650
Marion 30 $20,930
Carbondale 30 $20,930
Bloomington 30 $24,320
Peoria N/A $26,980
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carmel 650 $25,440
Indianapolis 650 $25,440
Anderson 650 $25,440
Fort Wayne 170 $22,570
Michigan City 40 $26,770
La Porte 40 $26,770
Bloomington 30 $27,230
Muncie N/A $22,260
West Lafayette N/A $24,410
Lafayette N/A $24,410
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cedar Rapids 120 $24,040
West Des Moines 110 $22,500
Des Moines 110 $22,500
Dubuque N/A $20,960
Iowa City N/A $21,420
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 240 $25,790
Manhattan 60 $29,100
Lawrence 40 $27,180
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 210 $21,980
Lexington 210 $21,980
Bowling Green 50 $18,650
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 350 $21,950
Bossier City 140 $19,030
Shreveport 140 $19,030
Lafayette 100 $30,060
Monroe 80 $19,160
Hammond 50 $20,920
Thibodaux 40 $24,730
Houma 40 $24,730
Alexandria 30 $19,800
New Orleans N/A $23,340
Metairie N/A $23,340
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 60 $28,020
Portland 60 $28,020
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 800 $22,910
Columbia 800 $22,910
Baltimore 800 $22,910
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 70 $22,670
Gardner 30 $23,560
Leominster 30 $23,560
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 620 $24,060
Warren 620 $24,060
Detroit 620 $24,060
Ann Arbor 170 $32,200
Flint 120 $22,940
Battle Creek 70 $24,460
Jackson 50 $23,370
Kalamazoo N/A $21,650
Portage N/A $21,650
Wyoming N/A $21,960
Grand Rapids N/A $21,960
Lansing N/A $23,310
East Lansing N/A $23,310
Saginaw N/A $24,870
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud N/A $23,080
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 200 $20,900
Gulfport 120 $24,410
Pascagoula 120 $24,410
Biloxi 120 $24,410
Hattiesburg 80 $18,930
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jefferson City 170 $23,810
Columbia 80 $20,140
Springfield N/A $18,730
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Missoula 30 $23,520
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Grand Island 50 $27,500
Lincoln N/A $23,880
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 310 $22,340
Henderson 310 $22,340
Las Vegas 310 $22,340
Reno N/A $24,480
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton N/A $25,310
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 210 $25,140
Las Cruces 100 $19,140
Santa Fe 50 $31,630
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 490 $24,980
Cheektowaga 490 $24,980
Buffalo 490 $24,980
Rochester 320 $25,930
Syracuse 290 $26,820
Troy 230 $26,380
Schenectady 230 $26,380
Albany 230 $26,380
Binghamton 120 $23,910
Ithaca 110 $38,950
Glens Falls 40 $25,140
Kingston N/A $23,310
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 770 $19,280
Chapel Hill 280 $31,830
Durham 280 $31,830
Winston 250 $22,780
Salem 250 $22,780
Asheville 120 $27,820
Fayetteville 100 $33,710
Jacksonville 80 $20,760
Wilmington 80 $23,150
Burlington 50 $25,760
Greensboro N/A $22,720
High Point N/A $22,720
Hickory N/A $27,150
Morganton N/A $27,150
Lenoir N/A $27,150
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 650 $25,330
Cleveland 650 $25,330
Columbus 620 $21,750
Toledo 160 $19,760
Akron 140 $22,310
Dayton N/A $19,590
Canton N/A $32,330
Massillon N/A $32,330
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 550 $18,880
Tulsa 330 $26,170
Lawton 40 $18,780
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 110 $22,450
Corvallis 80 $27,580
Medford 60 $24,560
Salem 60 $27,910
Grants Pass 50 $23,930
Bend 50 $26,340
Redmond 50 $26,340
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 480 $24,350
Harrisburg 230 $21,770
Carlisle 230 $21,770
York 150 $28,360
Hanover 150 $28,360
Scranton 130 $22,820
Wilkes 130 $22,820
Hazleton 130 $22,820
Barre 130 $22,820
Reading 90 $21,470
Lancaster 90 $23,730
Erie 80 $20,990
Lebanon 30 $25,580
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 230 $18,890
Carolina 230 $18,890
San Juan 230 $18,890
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Spartanburg 120 $24,470
Columbia 110 $22,870
North Charleston 100 $23,680
Charleston 100 $23,680
Anderson 60 $21,390
Mauldin 60 $21,390
Greenville 60 $21,390
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City 40 $22,130
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 960 $23,810
Murfreesboro 960 $23,810
Davidson 960 $23,810
Nashville 960 $23,810
Knoxville 190 $19,060
Johnson City 90 $22,330
Jackson 50 $20,210
Morristown 40 $21,480
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 1360 $22,960
Dallas 1360 $22,960
Fort Worth 1360 $22,960
Houston 1050 $23,570
Sugar Land 1050 $23,570
The Woodlands 1050 $23,570
San Antonio 680 $23,460
New Braunfels 680 $23,460
Round Rock 520 $24,080
Austin 520 $24,080
Killeen 130 $20,610
Temple 130 $20,610
College Station 110 $27,270
Bryan 110 $27,270
Tyler 70 $17,770
El Paso 70 $23,560
Longview 70 $23,880
Beaumont 60 $25,300
Port Arthur 60 $25,300
Lubbock 50 $23,820
Waco 40 $19,900
Amarillo 30 $19,090
Corpus Christi N/A $19,340
Sherman N/A $34,020
Denison N/A $34,020
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 120 $20,650
Orem 70 $17,560
Provo 70 $17,560
Clearfield N/A $18,150
Ogden N/A $18,150
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 40 $26,920
Burlington 40 $26,920
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 450 $25,760
Lynchburg 160 $18,550
Roanoke 140 $22,040
Charlottesville 110 $28,590
Waynesboro 40 $19,030
Staunton 40 $19,030
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 1270 $28,560
Tacoma 1270 $28,560
Bellevue 1270 $28,560
Spokane 240 $24,280
Spokane Valley 240 $24,280
Tumwater 120 $25,720
Olympia 120 $25,720
Silverdale 100 $25,470
Bremerton 100 $25,470
Richland 70 $25,170
Kennewick 70 $25,170
Bellingham 60 $27,380
Mount Vernon 50 $24,150
Anacortes 50 $24,150
Yakima 40 $26,190
Longview 30 $25,680
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 70 $19,420
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Milwaukee 400 $24,990
Waukesha 400 $24,990
West Allis 400 $24,990
Racine 50 $18,050
Neenah 50 $24,690
Oshkosh 50 $24,690
Eau Claire 40 $18,290
Janesville 40 $23,270
Beloit 40 $23,270
Appleton N/A $19,320
Green Bay N/A $22,710
Madison N/A $23,730

Most Popular Industries for :
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Professional And Technical Services 65,710 91% $20,800
Education 3,890 5% $27,920
Non-profit 750 1% $22,480
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