Veterinary Assistant Jobs Canada
If you love animals, you can earn a living as a veterinary assistant. You will not only enjoy your job, but you will also be rewarded with job security. According to the job outlook for veterinary assistants, you will be seeing more available positions in the coming years, up to 2016. This may be due to the increasing number of pets found in households. Some Canadians have actually been reported to hoard animals.
What veterinary assistants do
Veterinary assistants work under the supervision of veterinary doctors. They work in laboratories, clinics, or animal hospitals. Duties you will perform as veterinary assistant include:
- feeding and caring for animals
- administering medication to animals
- disinfecting cages and surroundings
- sterilizing all clinical tools and equipment
- communicating diagnosis with pet owners
Required educational achievements
In Canada, you can earn a degree in Veterinary Assistant and Animal Care at several of its colleges and universities. Some schools do offer a diploma for a Veterinary Assistant course. Such a diploma can be earned for as short a time as six months and for a maximum of two years.
Your salary as a veterinary assistant will depend on the Canadian province you will be working in. Aside from the province you plan to work in as a veterinary assistant, your salary will also depend on your training, experience, and educational achievement.