We surveyed 3,724 veterinary assistants to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical veterinary assistant. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a veterinary assistant?

Low

High

Working as a veterinary assistant typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a veterinary assistant?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a veterinary assistant typically depends predominantly on qualities you’re born with, with a small aspect of skills you can learn.

Is it easy to get a job as a veterinary assistant?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a veterinary assistant. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for veterinary assistants.

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Do veterinary assistants work full-time or part-time?

50% of veterinary assistants work in full-time roles while 50% work part-time.

Is being a veterinary assistant stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst veterinary assistants, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a veterinary assistant?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be a veterinary assistant.

How competitive is the workplace for veterinary assistants?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for veterinary assistants.

Does being a veterinary assistant require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Veterinary assistants will have to sometimes face time pressure on the job.

Are veterinary assistants allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Veterinary assistants are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.

Do veterinary assistants have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Veterinary assistants tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a veterinary assistant physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a veterinary assistant requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are veterinary assistants exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

The workload of a veterinary assistant changes frequently, with their day-to-day rarely being the same.

Does being a veterinary assistant require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail is a vital skill for veterinary assistants, as small mistakes can make or break one's ability to succeed in the career.

Does being a good veterinary assistant require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a veterinary assistant.