The Role of Veterinary Assistants
“Veterinary Assistants Make a Real Difference in the Lives of Animals”
Veterinary Assistants, are qualified professionals who undergo formal education, training and experience to deliver specific veterinary services under the supervision of a Veterinarian. They make every part of a clinic run smoothly and make a real difference in lives of animals they help to treat. If you’re passionate about quality animal health care and are looking to get started working in a rewarding, professional career, then this may be the ideal path for you.
Below, you’ll find a quick overview of the skills and duties specific to this career. After completing the Granville College Program, you will be able to perform these duties in a veterinary clinic/hospital or related animal health care setting.
Scope of Work
Veterinary Assistants can have many different specialties and many different names. From the front end office work of a Veterinary Office Assistant to the back end technical work of a Veterinary Technician Assistant, what’s always the same is the VA’s ability to assist the veterinary team in caring for their animal patients. The Veterinary Assistant can be compared to a Licensed Practical Nurse, Research Technician, Care Aide or Radiology Assistant in human medicine.
Veterinary Assistants can work with a variety of species including companion animals, exotics, and even livestock or wildlife. At Granville College our focus is to ensure each Veterinary Assistant that graduates from our program is job ready and fully trained to provide the best possible care.
Major Areas of Training
The major areas in which Veterinary Assistants are trained include the following:
The employment options for graduates are not limited to the clinic environment. These opportunities include:
- Exam Room Assistant
- Animal Shelters
- Animal Rehabilitation Centers
- Animal Control Centers
- Animal ER Hospitals or Specialty Hospitals
- Animal Research
- Company Representative for Pet Nutrition Brands
- Company Representative for Animal Products/Vaccines
- Kennel Boarders
- Pet Insurance Agent
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