The Veterinary Assistant is responsible for providing support to the veterinarian and veterinary technicians. This may include restraining animals during examinations and procedures, collecting samples for testing, preparing animals and equipment for surgery, and assisting in the maintenance of medical records. The Veterinary Assistant also provides basic animal care, including feeding, grooming, exercising, and cleaning cages.

Veterinary Assistant Job Responsibilities

  • Providing basic care for animals
  • Assisting the veterinarian with examinations and procedures
  • Restraining animals during examinations and procedures
  • Collecting samples, such as blood, urine, and feces
  • Administering medications and vaccinations
  • Taking xrays
  • Maintaining animal records


  • To provide high quality medical care to animals in a professional and compassionate manner.
  • To work as part of a team of veterinary professionals to provide the best possible care for our patients.
  • To educate pet owners on animal health, preventive medicine, and general care.
  • To maintain a clean and safe environment for both staff and patients.
  • To perform basic laboratory tests and assist with diagnostic procedures.
  • To assist the veterinarian in surgical procedures as needed.
  • To dispense medications and vaccinations as prescribed by the veterinarian

Veterinary Assistant Job Skills & Qualifications Needed

  • The skills and qualifications needed for the role of veterinary assistant include excellent interpersonal skills, a compassionate nature, good communication skills, and the ability to handle animals in a gentle and calm manner. A veterinary assistant should also be able to follow instructions well and work well as part of a team.