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Veterinary Assisting

5 Tips for Advancing Your Veterinary Assistant Career

The healthcare industry, including animal care, is among the fastest-growing careers today, with an estimated job growth rate of 13% from 2021 to 2031. This growth makes it a great choice for people graduating or looking to change careers. But what’s the best way to get started? People who want to work with animals often start with a veterinary assistant program. This gives them entry to the field without a major investment of time or money and allows them to start working immediately. 

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Best Practices for Animal Restraint as a Veterinary Assistant

Proper handling of animals—including restraint—is part of a veterinary assistant’s job responsibilities, and is an essential skill for vet techs and veterinarians to effectively provide care. At first, restraining animals may seem simple, but proper animal handling and restraint go far beyond just holding the animal down. In fact, it can be one of the most challenging yet underappreciated parts of animal care. If the animal is anxious and resists, veterinarians may find it hard to administer medications or carry out necessary procedures. This is particularly problematic when the animal needs emergency care. 

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Veterinary Assistant vs. Vet Tech: Which One Is Right For You? 

When first investigating a career in animal health, many people come across Veterinary Technician and Veterinary Assistant diploma information and see that the two are somewhat similar—some may think that they are one and the same. In reality, however, these two careers have distinguishing features that set them apart. Those thinking of getting into veterinary medicine should explore the differences between the two to find the right career choice for them. 

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5 Reasons to Enroll in a Technical School

Education has evolved. It is no longer the case that a university or college education is certain to lead to a good job, and student loans can be crippling for people starting out in life.  

Consequently, many educational institutions are updating their curriculum to ensure that students get the best chance for future success with their chosen careers. These changes factor significantly into an individual’s employability when they graduate. Today, many employers focus on hiring people with the right set of skills and appropriate knowledge that will help them get the most value and success. 

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How to Become a Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary assistants are responsible for providing animal care under the guidance of a veterinarian. Their job scope includes bathing, feeding, and exercising the animals, among other things. There may be instances when they will be asked to help restrain the animals during examinations and treatment, and vet assistants may also help veterinary technicians and veterinarians to collect blood and urine samples for testing. 

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5 Reasons for Pursuing a Career in the Veterinary Industry

Animals are a huge part of life for many people. In 2020, Americans spent $99 billion on their pets, putting veterinary care among today’s fastest-growing industries. In AVMA’s annual Economic State of the Veterinary Profession report, from 2018 to 2019 salaries increased for veterinarians, with the average increasing from $65,983 to $70,045. With low unemployment and plentiful job offers, more than 94% of 2019 veterinary school graduates found full-time work or were able to continue their education.

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