There’s no doubt about it, working with animals is hard work. However, it’s also extremely rewarding. This course has been developed for those providing basic care to animals under the direction and/or supervision of a veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse. There are no formal academic entry requirements but some employers may ask for qualifications like GCSEs. A Veterinary Support Assistant is a key member of the clinical team.
If you wish to increase your responsibilities and further your career in the field of veterinary services, you could continue your training and education with veterinary nursing courses or a university degree to become a veterinary nurse or surgeon.
Communicating and building rapport with animal owners to find out the problem
Taking samples from animals
Preparing for and taking x-rays
Preparing animals for treatment and assisting the vets during treatment
Administering injections, medication and carrying out minor procedures like removing stitches
Explaining to pet owners about how to care for their animals
Taking care of in-patient animals
Supervising and helping to train other assistants
The ability to handle animals in a calm, confident manner
The ability to deal tactfully and sympathetically with pet owners