Veterinary assistants aid in the health care of animals. Under the supervision of a veterinarian, they comfort, feed, water, bathe and exercise the animals. Sometimes they also work in the office part of a practice, scheduling appointments and answering phones.
Veterinary assistants can work in animal care offices, clinics and hospitals, as well as zoos and kennels. Since they help comfort the animals during visits, they must bond well with animals. Vet assistants generally work 40 hours a week, but may be needed on nights and weekends and in cases of emergency.
Education programs for veterinary assistants range in length from eight weeks to two years. However, post-secondary education is not required, as most veterinary assistants receive on-the-job training.
Career Outlook Map of Iowa
With an expected job growth rate of 23% across the state, the outlook is very good for veterinary assistants.