General Veterinary Assistant Job Description

veterinary assistant job description

In a general veterinary assistant job description, a veterinary assistant normally assists a licensed veterinarian in a wide variety of animal care tasks. These tasks generally include assisting in office pet visits, observations, and exams, keeping track of pets’ daily needs, and making sure that the veterinarian’s office or facility is well kept and always clean. Veterinary assistants typically work in vet’s offices, kennels, stables, animal shelters, zoos, aquariums, grooming stores, and pet stores. Depending on the veterinary assistant job description, some tasks may require highly emotional and physical demands, with the average number of illnesses and injuries related to their daily tasks higher than the normal average. Vet assistants report to licensed veterinarians, veterinary technicians, office managers, and assistant managers.


Major Functions

Veterinary Assistant Job Description

Although basic duties will always depend on an employer’s veterinary assistant job description, the following functions are the norm:

  • Providing care for animals in a compassionate manner
  • Having a happy, helpful, and professional attitude towards pet owners
  • Helping in restraining animals for vets and vet technicians
  • Conducting or assisting in simple lab tests, filing reports, and completing necessary lab forms
  • Monitoring and organizing information of animal clients
  • Collecting and monitoring animal samples
  • Keeping track, recording, and reporting vital signs of stay-in/boarded/hospitalized/under observation animals
  • Cleaning and sanitizing the all animal facility areas including labs, treatment rooms, exam rooms, isolation rooms, cages, veterinarian’s office, bathrooms, lounges, and reception areas
  • Providing clean food, water, and beddings for animals
  • Exercising stay-in animals whenever required
  • Bathing animals
  • Receiving animals and placing them in proper areas
  • Getting animals ready for discharge
  • Restocking food and other pet supplies as needed
  • Doing laundry and cleaning and sanitizing dishes of animals
  • Carrying out related tasks whenever require

Physical Demands

Veterinary Assistant Job Description

veterinary assistant job descriptionBeing a veterinary assistant is physically demanding. While carrying out his daily tasks, he may be required frequently to stoop, walk, bend, listen, talk, sit, or stand for longer periods. A vet assistant should also be able to use his hands freely for handling, feeling, reaching, or manipulating whenever applicable or as directed by superiors. In addition, a veterinary assistant may regularly be required to carry and lift supplies for the office or animals that weigh more than 50 pounds, and carefully, yet sternly handle animals that can weigh as much as 150 pounds.




Working Environment and Schedule

Veterinary Assistant Job Description

While carrying out assigned work tasks, a veterinary assistant will be exposed to a host of hazards related to the following:

  • Aggressive and/or infected animals
  • Animals wastes
  • Controlled substances
  • Loud noises
  • Unpleasant odors
  • Contagious diseases

Additionally, employees may find that the illness and injury rate is considerably higher than in other types of jobs. For example, when handling aggressive or frightened animals, they can be kicked, scratched, or even bitten. There are also potential risks when restraining or bathing animals.

The work schedule of vet assistants will also be highly dependent on the veterinary assistant job description. Because some animals require monitoring and care 24/7, most especially in animal shelters, zoos, stables, animal hospitals, and some veterinary clinics, a vet assistant may be required to work nigh, holiday, or weekend shifts, as well as irregular work hours.