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Veterinary Assistant FAQ's


What does a Veterinary Assistant do?
Is this the same as a Veterinary Technician?
Do I need clinicals?
Do I need to get certified?
Does this meet my state requirements?


Q. What does a Veterinary Assistant do?
A. Veterinary Assistants can work in zoos, shelters, veterinary clinics and pet stores assisting with administrative tasks and simple procedures.
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Q. Is this the same as a Veterinary Technician?
A. A Veterinary Assistant is not the same as a Veterinary Technician (or Vet Tech), which typically requires an Associate’s Degree, Certification, and hands-on training.
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Q. Do I need clinicals?
A. Employers may choose to provide hands-on training to new hires, but many veterinary assistants will seek employment without formal, clinical training. Some veterinary assistants will alternative gain experience through volunteering at local vet clinics and shelters.
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Q. Do I need to get certified?
A. Though some employers may require certification, it is not generally required to work as an entry-level Vet Assistant. Certification is not available with this program
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Q. Does this meet my state requirements?
A. A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state.
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