Another important member of the equine world, often vet assistants are working their way through medical school and will someday become a veterinarian themselves. They handle the more basic tasks and often accompany the vet on stable visits.
What You Need
Working with both people and their sick animals requires a great deal of patience, tact and multi-tasking ability. This is a position which benefits from the ability to follow instructions, strong listening and communication skills and a through knowledge of the equine animal.
Calm under pressure, physical strength and the ability to learn on the fly are favored characteristics of a solid vet assistant (and a vet-to-be).
Responsible for assigned duties around the veterinarian’s office or on location, such as feeding and examining. The vet assistant works closely with the vet to help troubleshoot problems and mend accidental injury.
Handling a variety of animal temperaments
Feeding & care for animals on-site
Preliminary examinations & help during exams
Pre- & post-op care for animals on-site
Accompanying vet on stable calls
Responding quickly for emergency calls
Assisting vet in surgical procedures
Application of medicine & preparation of lab samples
Cleaning, restocking and preparing work areas, on-site & off
Most veterinary offices will require more than a high school diploma in this instance, many will want a bachelor’s degree in animal care or a related field. Potential employers could require that their assistants have taken and passed a national veterinary exam, which will vary by country.
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