Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What is the Difference Between A Veterinary Technician and a Veterinary Assistant?

Veterinary Technician Brittany Dreier checks t...
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If you like working with animals there are many ways that you can do this. Many people consider working in the veterinary field. Veterinary doctors go to school for many years to learn how to care for animals but this is not the only option to you. There are Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Assistants but it is important to note that they are not the same thing. They main difference is the level of training that is required.
Veterinary technicians need to go to school for about two years and must take an accredited program. They are licensed, as well.

Veterinary assistants can finish their training in under a year. They usually take a certificate program, like the one that is available through Robertson College. Their duties are usually more basic and include things lie cleaning the instruments and the clinic areas. They will have some contact with the animals, like helping the vet to hold them during checkups or grooming them. They will also do any necessary reception work such as answer phones, filing, and greeting and assisting human clients.

If you love dealing with animals and think that working as a veterinarian or a veterinary technician is what you would like to do, starting as a veterinary assistant can be a good way to get your foot in the door. It will also allow you to become more familiar with the field. If you love being a veterinary assistant, you can continue your studies to become a technician.


If you are interested in becoming a Veterinary Assistant the program is available at Robertson College in Winnipeg, Calgary, and Brandon or the course is also available online.

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