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Veterinary assistants are responsible for examining pets and nonfarm animals for indications of disease, illness, or injury in settings such as animal clinics and hospitals. They may perform such duties as feeding and watering animals, cleaning and disinfecting living areas, and sterilizing equipment. The duties of a vet assistant include administering medication, performing post-op care, and preparing samples for examination in a laboratory. These tasks are often carried out under the supervision of veterinarians and/or scientists.

Alabama Veterinary Assistant Schools

Specialized institutions may focus on training individuals to administer medical care to small animals. These schools offer instruction regarding how to work with veterinarians in environments such as animal hospitals and research labs, how to perform lab tests, and how to properly deal with clients.

  • Ross Medical Education Center: Ross Medical Education Centers are located in several states, including Alabama. The Veterinary Assistant Program at Ross Medical is designed so that the training six modules can be completed in any order, and typically last for about 12 months.

  • Animal Behavior College: As a trade school specializing in animal career training programs, Animal Behavior College offers year-long courses with locations across the country. Students work with program managers who are trained in animal care and veterinary services.

  • Local Community Colleges: For individuals who are interested in a career as a vet assistant, enrolling in general education courses at a local community college is a good start to a life of caring for animals. It may be possible for earned credits to be transferred to a local accredited school; information can be obtained through a school's admissions office.

Accredited Vet Assistant Programs of Study

Veterinary assistants must be driven to provide quality medical attention for the animals under their care, as well as a commitment to treat the owners with compassion. Training at veterinary assistant schools in Alabama may include courses which cover topics like:

  • Veterinary Ethics
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Care Activities
  • Medical Records

Additional learning will take place under the guidance of experienced instructors as students learn to use special software, manage medical records, and participate in externship programs.

After a student has graduated from a NAVTA (National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America) approved vet assistant program, he or she is then eligible to take the Approved Veterinary Assistant examination. Participants are able to use the designation of AVA after successful completion of the exam.

Alabama Veterinary Assistant License Requirements

Alabama currently has no state license requirements for veterinary assistants.

Resources for Vet Assistant Schools in Alabama

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More Alabama Veterinary Assistants Schools

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Birmingham
Associates
8,938
Bay Minette
Associates
4,781
Tuskegee
Doctorate
2,851
Huntsville
N/A
144

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Veterinary Assistants

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Alabama. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Veterinary Assistants

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Veterinary Assistants relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Auburn-Opelika110 $28,040
MontgomeryN/A $
Tuscaloosa80 $21,620
Huntsville160 $22,920

Sources:

  1. Animal Behavior College, www.animalbehaviorcollege.com/VeterinaryAssistant/
  2. Occupational Outlook Handbook, Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/veterinary-assistants-and-laboratory-animal-caretakers.htm#tab-4, accessed August 19,2016
  3. Ross Medical Education Center, Veterinary Assistant Program, www.rosseducation.edu/programs/veterinary-assistant/
  4. Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers, Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319096.htm, accessed August 19,2016

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