Veterinary Services

Veterinary Assistant

Feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine post-operative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists.

Typical Tasks:

  • Monitor animals recovering from surgery and notify veterinarians of any unusual changes or symptoms.
  • Clean and maintain kennels, animal holding areas, examination or operating rooms, or animal loading or unloading facilities to control the spread of disease.
  • Hold or restrain animals during veterinary procedures.
  • Administer medication, immunizations, or blood plasma to animals as prescribed by veterinarians.
  • Provide emergency first aid to sick or injured animals.
  • Assist veterinarians in examining animals to determine the nature of illnesses or injuries.
  • Clean, maintain, and sterilize instruments or equipment.
  • Perform routine laboratory tests or diagnostic tests, such as taking or developing x-rays.
  • Administer anesthetics during surgery and monitor the effects on animals.
  • Prepare surgical equipment and pass instruments or materials to veterinarians during surgical procedures.
Veterinary Technology

Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.

Typical Tasks:

  • Observe the behavior and condition of animals and monitor their clinical symptoms.
  • Maintain controlled drug inventory and related log books.
  • Administer anesthesia to animals, under the direction of a veterinarian, and monitor animals’ responses to anesthetics so that dosages can be adjusted.
  • Care for and monitor the condition of animals recovering from surgery.
  • Perform laboratory tests on blood, urine, or feces, such as urinalyses or blood counts, to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems.
  • Administer emergency first aid, such as performing emergency resuscitation or other life saving procedures.
  • Prepare and administer medications, vaccines, serums, or treatments, as prescribed by veterinarians.
  • Fill prescriptions, measuring medications and labeling containers.
  • Collect, prepare, and label samples for laboratory testing, culture, or microscopic examination.
  • Take and develop diagnostic radiographs, using x-ray equipment.
Description 2016 Jobs 2020 Jobs
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Low Pay
(Hourly)
Medium Pay
(Hourly)
High Pay
(Hourly)
Veterinary Assistant 1,234 1,444 $8.65 $12.02 $17.79
Veterinary Technology 2,095 2,535 $10.10 $14.42 $18.75

Education Level:

  • Veterinary Assistant – Certificate
  • Veterinary Technology – Associate Degree
Source: Career Coach – Houston – Woodlands – Sugarland, TX Region

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