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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 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Montgomery 110 $23,800
Huntsville 110 $25,870
Auburn 90 $27,960
Opelika 90 $27,960
Tuscaloosa 50 $22,300
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 60 $27,820
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 1340 $25,480
Scottsdale 1340 $25,480
Mesa 1340 $25,480
Tucson 270 $24,310
Douglas 60 $22,930
Sierra Vista 60 $22,930
Prescott 40 $25,380
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 310 $19,160
North Little Rock 310 $19,160
Little Rock 310 $19,160
Jonesboro 40 $20,610
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 3900 $27,460
Long Beach 3900 $27,460
Los Angeles 3900 $27,460
San Francisco 1700 $31,610
Hayward 1700 $31,610
Oakland 1700 $31,610
Carlsbad 1460 $29,460
San Diego 1460 $29,460
Ontario 970 $27,140
San Bernardino 970 $27,140
Riverside 970 $27,140
Roseville 660 $27,090
Sacramento 660 $27,090
Arden 660 $27,090
Arcade 660 $27,090
Sunnyvale 550 $29,350
Santa Clara 550 $29,350
San Jose 550 $29,350
San Luis Obispo 230 $28,810
Arroyo Grande 230 $28,810
Paso Robles 230 $28,810
Thousand Oaks 210 $33,150
Oxnard 210 $33,150
Ventura 210 $33,150
Santa Rosa 200 $29,430
Bakersfield 190 $27,500
Santa Maria 190 $28,930
Santa Barbara 190 $28,930
Modesto 160 $23,100
Chico 130 $24,860
Salinas 110 $27,670
Vallejo 100 $30,480
Fairfield 100 $30,480
Napa 90 $25,740
Santa Cruz 80 $29,620
Watsonville 80 $29,620
Stockton 70 $22,750
Lodi 70 $22,750
Merced 70 $24,480
Visalia 70 $25,740
Porterville 70 $25,740
Redding 60 $27,380
Yuba City 40 $25,980
Fresno N/A $28,410
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Colorado Springs 100 $24,050
Grand Junction 50 $26,970
Boulder N/A $24,950
Lakewood N/A $27,830
Denver N/A $27,830
Aurora N/A $27,830
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Haven 260 $49,260
Norwalk 190 $28,610
Bridgeport 190 $28,610
Stamford 190 $28,610
East Hartford 80 $26,690
Hartford 80 $26,690
West Hartford 80 $26,690
Danbury 30 $21,910
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 60 $25,410
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 1330 $25,170
Miami 1330 $25,170
Fort Lauderdale 1330 $25,170
St. Petersburg 980 $21,420
Clearwater 980 $21,420
Tampa 980 $21,420
Melbourne 180 $24,400
Titusville 180 $24,400
Palm Bay 180 $24,400
North Port 120 $22,970
Bradenton 120 $22,970
Sarasota 120 $22,970
Tallahassee 90 $20,960
Fort Walton Beach 80 $23,600
Destin 80 $23,600
Crestview 80 $23,600
Sebastian 60 $24,010
Vero Beach 60 $24,010
Lakeland 50 $25,030
Winter Haven 50 $25,030
Marco Island 40 $22,600
Naples 40 $22,600
Immokalee 40 $22,600
Deltona N/A $21,170
Ormond Beach N/A $21,170
Daytona Beach N/A $21,170
Brent N/A $22,680
Ferry Pass N/A $22,680
Pensacola N/A $22,680
Ocala N/A $23,420
Kissimmee N/A $24,110
Sanford N/A $24,110
Orlando N/A $24,110
Port St. Lucie N/A $24,440
Jacksonville N/A $24,910
Cape Coral N/A $31,680
Fort Myers N/A $31,680
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 1340 $23,350
Atlanta 1340 $23,350
Sandy Springs 1340 $23,350
Clarke County 90 $23,380
Athens 90 $23,380
Brunswick 40 $24,700
Gainesville 30 $27,220
Savannah N/A $20,350
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 190 $24,840
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 130 $26,370
Coeur d'Alene 50 $27,340
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urbana 170 $23,330
Champaign 170 $23,330
Decatur 70 $23,290
Marion 60 $20,470
Carbondale 60 $20,470
Springfield 50 $23,070
Bloomington 50 $26,190
Rockford N/A $23,390
Kankakee N/A $24,370
Peoria N/A $28,140
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 850 $27,400
Anderson 850 $27,400
Carmel 850 $27,400
Fort Wayne 140 $22,610
Elkhart 30 $25,430
Goshen 30 $25,430
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cedar Rapids 160 $23,410
West Des Moines 100 $24,590
Des Moines 100 $24,590
Iowa City 50 $24,390
Ames 40 $29,860
Dubuque 30 $25,740
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Topeka 130 $26,590
Manhattan 70 $25,980
Lawrence 40 $26,310
Wichita N/A $26,310
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bowling Green 50 $19,250
Fayette N/A $23,740
Lexington N/A $23,740
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 500 $20,810
New Orleans 500 $20,810
Baton Rouge 310 $23,160
Shreveport 170 $21,490
Bossier City 170 $21,490
Lafayette 130 $29,120
Monroe 70 $19,360
Houma 40 $26,740
Thibodaux 40 $26,740
Hammond 30 $24,590
Alexandria N/A $19,720
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 60 $29,770
Portland 60 $29,770
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 720 $23,510
Columbia 720 $23,510
Baltimore 720 $23,510
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 50 $31,720
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 1000 $25,210
Detroit 1000 $25,210
Warren 1000 $25,210
Lansing 190 $23,650
East Lansing 190 $23,650
Ann Arbor 190 $29,880
Grand Rapids 160 $24,060
Wyoming 160 $24,060
Kalamazoo 150 $23,220
Portage 150 $23,220
Flint 100 $23,950
Battle Creek 50 $23,480
Jackson 50 $25,240
Saginaw N/A $23,410
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 70 $36,350
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 210 $21,460
Pascagoula 120 $23,610
Biloxi 120 $23,610
Gulfport 120 $23,610
Hattiesburg 50 $19,610
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 200 $20,320
Jefferson City 170 $24,810
Columbia 80 $19,320
Joplin 70 $24,860
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 50 $24,780
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Grand Island 50 $28,210
Lincoln N/A $24,450
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 460 $23,180
Henderson 460 $23,180
Las Vegas 460 $23,180
Reno 120 $30,640
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 40 $27,310
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 70 $27,830
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Santa Fe 60 $36,540
Las Cruces N/A $21,280
Albuquerque N/A $28,110
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 480 $26,490
Buffalo 480 $26,490
Cheektowaga 480 $26,490
Rochester 300 $28,220
Syracuse 260 $28,120
Schenectady 220 $26,710
Albany 220 $26,710
Troy 220 $26,710
Ithaca 130 $38,960
Binghamton 100 $24,580
Glens Falls 50 $26,760
Kingston N/A $25,780
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 600 $20,780
Durham 400 $32,260
Chapel Hill 400 $32,260
Asheville 160 $27,840
Fayetteville 140 $34,100
Winston 110 $25,460
Salem 110 $25,460
Burlington 60 $26,580
Jacksonville 40 $22,220
New Bern 40 $35,860
High Point N/A $23,180
Greensboro N/A $23,180
Hickory N/A $27,320
Lenoir N/A $27,320
Morganton N/A $27,320
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 650 $23,190
Elyria 550 $24,930
Cleveland 550 $24,930
Toledo 170 $20,380
Dayton 150 $24,810
Canton 120 $22,990
Massillon 120 $22,990
Akron 80 $24,240
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 780 $19,920
Tulsa 390 $27,210
Lawton 30 $19,530
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 150 $24,860
Medford 60 $27,160
Corvallis 60 $28,330
Grants Pass 40 $25,410
Albany N/A $23,210
Salem N/A $30,350
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 420 $24,860
Harrisburg 260 $22,920
Carlisle 260 $22,920
York 140 $25,530
Hanover 140 $25,530
Reading N/A $21,900
Hazleton N/A $22,850
Scranton N/A $22,850
Barre N/A $22,850
Wilkes N/A $22,850
Lancaster N/A $23,640
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 300 $18,220
Carolina 300 $18,220
San Juan 300 $18,220
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin 160 $23,030
Anderson 160 $23,030
Greenville 160 $23,030
North Charleston 110 $23,170
Charleston 110 $23,170
Spartanburg 80 $25,350
Columbia N/A $23,640
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City 40 $24,460
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 900 $23,780
Franklin 900 $23,780
Davidson 900 $23,780
Nashville 900 $23,780
Knoxville 600 $21,040
Johnson City 80 $22,930
Morristown 60 $24,030
Jackson 30 $20,730
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Worth 1190 $22,530
Arlington 1190 $22,530
Dallas 1190 $22,530
Houston 1160 $23,340
Sugar Land 1160 $23,340
The Woodlands 1160 $23,340
New Braunfels 680 $23,620
San Antonio 680 $23,620
Austin 550 $24,810
Round Rock 550 $24,810
Killeen 110 $21,590
Temple 110 $21,590
College Station 100 $28,310
Bryan 100 $28,310
Longview 40 $20,710
Waco 40 $22,890
Amarillo 30 $18,940
Tyler N/A $18,380
Corpus Christi N/A $19,550
Abilene N/A $21,340
Lubbock N/A $22,610
El Paso N/A $24,520
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 170 $21,450
Clearfield 150 $19,170
Ogden 150 $19,170
Orem 70 $18,540
Provo 70 $18,540
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 280 $24,930
Lynchburg 170 $18,680
Roanoke 140 $23,350
Charlottesville 130 $28,510
Staunton 50 $18,450
Waynesboro 50 $18,450
Blacksburg 50 $27,260
Radford 50 $27,260
Christiansburg 50 $27,260
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 1800 $30,090
Tacoma 1800 $30,090
Bellevue 1800 $30,090
Spokane 220 $25,930
Spokane Valley 220 $25,930
Olympia 120 $25,430
Tumwater 120 $25,430
Bremerton 100 $26,970
Silverdale 100 $26,970
Bellingham 100 $29,000
Kennewick 70 $24,450
Richland 70 $24,450
Anacortes 70 $25,350
Mount Vernon 70 $25,350
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 100 $19,210
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 400 $23,100
Waukesha 360 $29,030
West Allis 360 $29,030
Milwaukee 360 $29,030
Appleton 60 $23,610
Beloit 50 $23,260
Janesville 50 $23,260
Racine 40 $18,460
Neenah 40 $25,720
Oshkosh 40 $25,720
Green Bay N/A $22,880

Most Popular Industries for :
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

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

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

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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