There are currently an estimated 83,800 veterinary assistants in the United States. The veterinary assistant job market is expected to grow by 19.3% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are veterinary assistants?

CareerExplorer rates veterinary assistants with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 25,600 veterinary assistants. That number is based on 16,200 additional veterinary assistants, and the retirement of 9,400 existing veterinary assistants.

What’s the supply of veterinary assistants?

The veterinary assistant industry is concentrated in California, Texas, Florida

Veterinary Assistant job market by state

State Name Employed Veterinary Assistants
California 11,410
Texas 5,400
Florida 4,960
New York 3,540
Virginia 3,330
Michigan 3,310
North Carolina 3,270
Washington 3,200
Ohio 2,870
Tennessee 2,620
Pennsylvania 2,530
Arizona 2,430
Indiana 2,410
Illinois 2,360
Missouri 2,070
Maryland 1,920
Massachusetts 1,660
Georgia 1,620
Oklahoma 1,610
New Jersey 1,570
Oregon 1,570
Louisiana 1,560
Minnesota 1,520
Wisconsin 1,490
Kentucky 1,330
South Carolina 1,110
Alabama 1,040
Iowa 910
Kansas 900
Arkansas 880
Mississippi 850
Nevada 810
Maine 680
New Mexico 660
Connecticut 660
West Virginia 590
Puerto Rico 510
Colorado 480
Utah 440
Idaho 430
Nebraska 430
Montana 400
New Hampshire 370
Delaware 210
South Dakota 190
Hawaii 180
Wyoming 150
North Dakota 110
Alaska 100