Animal lovers usually grow up with the dream of becoming a vet someday. If you are hoping to become a vet someday or just aspire to assist these animal loving men and women, you might be curious about the vet assistant salary that you will be receiving whilst in the career.
Well, what does a vet assistant salary look like? The median annual vet assistant salary is $28,612. This was the median as of January 31st, 2016 and had a range that was usually between $23,055 and $34,514. This salary could vary depending on several things. These factors include the industry, company size where they work, location, length in years of experience, and the education level of the vet assistant. This annual salary means that the monthly median would be $2,384, the semimonthly median salary would be $1,192, the median biweekly salary would be $1,101, the median weekly salary would be $550, and the hourly median salary would be $14. $14 an hour sounds pretty good, especially when you get to be around a ton of lovely animals and still be making a living.
If you have yet to do your research on what all a vet assistant has to do and the responsibilities that come with the job, hold on, that will be gone over as well. As a veterinary assistant, responsibilities include: preparing the treatment room for animal examinations, restraining the animals that need it during treatment, examination, or inoculation, administering injections, performing venipunctures, dressing animal wounds, cleaning teeth of animals, and taking animals’ vital signs. To become a vet assistant, you need to have a high school diploma, or the equivalent of one. You may also be required to have a certification or license to become a vet assistant. You will need to be familiar with the standard concepts, procedures, and practices within the specific field. Also, you will need to have good planning, judgement, and some limited experience to excel in this job. A vet assistant does many, many things for both the vet and the animal patients. You will be working under the general supervision of the veterinarian, and need to have some creativity. Animals can be unpredictable, so thinking fast is a must.
If you are an animal lover, whether you want to actually become a veterinarian or enjoy the career field of being a vet assistant, it a rewarding job field for both the people and the animals they help.