I have just signed up for a vet assistant program, and was told that I would be able to take a vet tech licensing exam regardless of whether or not I went through a vet tech program. Is this true? I tried looking up information on this, but can't seem to find anything.
Also, if anyone has any info on comparisons of the two occupations, I would greatly appreciate it. At some point, I am thinking of starting some type of doggy daycare or animal care business, and thought this type of background would be really helpful. Any thoughts?
Finally, I was told that vets like to hire vet assistants more often than vet techs because the vet doesn't have to untrain and then retrain a vet assistant. I was thinking that this may be just a good "sales technique" by the school, but are there any vets out there that can give me more insight?
Veterinary Technician vs. Veterinary Assistant Veterinary assistants support the veterinarian and/or the veterinary technician in their daily tasks. Vet assistants may be asked to perform kennel work, assist in the restraint and handling of animals, feed and exercise the animals, and spend time on clerical duties. Unlike vet techs, vet assistants do not need to take a credentialing exam; however, training programs are available.
basically an assistant is someone who helps us do our job by hoilding animals for us , cleaning cages out, etc. if you are going to go to school for anything you would be better off going for a technician degree and not an assistant.
look on the second link i gave for schools that are accredited. some of the online courses are a big joke. good luck =)
A Vet Assistant is an assistant for Vets and Tech's. The Animal Care course would make more sense if your looking to open your own pet type buisiness in the future. Most Vets nowadays have home grown Animal care workers(Vet Assistant). This position is not a high paying job. A Tech does alot of work for the Vet like blood work, dental, client education talks, and some management of some staff and surgical asst. Every Vet is different. I started when I was 17 as a Kennel girl, and made my way up by exposeing myself to different tasks. I soon was doing alot of Tech type jobs. Back then Tech's did Neuters, declaws and small simple procedures, so I learned to do many of these. Today they are not allowed to perform alot of those tasks, only Vets. If you want to do lab work and stuff go for it, Tech's do make more then a Animal Care worker. But there is some pressure there and some Tech's hours stink. There was a time when I wanted to take the Tech course but I soon changed my mind, probly mostly cause I hate takeing x-rays (Say the word Barium and watch me run!)and lab work is so boreing. I also don't let things go that easily, so I would feel so guilty if I made a mistake with drugs or something and killed an animal.
***Edited By: sue on 9/8/2005 2:45:08 PM*** Reason: fxgn
I have found that the majority of Vet Assistants have not gone to school. Most of that training can be gained by on the job training and does not require school. A Vet Tech is a much more demanding job and requires schooling and accrediation.
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At the clinic that I work at, there is no differentiating between techs and assistants. We all do the same work and have the same responsibilities. We all draw blood, do x-rays, and monitor patients under anesthesia. The only difference is the CVTs do get paid more than us assistants.
I was wondering if anyone had some advice going into this career? I'm looking for a career change and am very interested in a vet tech job. Would you recommend me taking the vet assistant training before applying for a vet tech program? I'm wondering if it's worth the money and if it is helpful. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
OK Well I have seen all kinds of answers to this question....Let me give you the RIGHT answer.... I Vet Tech is Licensed and Vet Assistant Is not. I know that this is gonna cause alot of eyebrow raises....but it is the truth. Alot of people call themselves "techs" when in fact they are not. I ,having taken 2 years of college and having an associates degree in veterinary technology am STILL not a Tech. Because i am not licensed. (although I have worked in the feild for 5 years)
I actually came here today to find someone to chat with because I am a nervous wreck! I sit for the national board next week...I havent slept in 2 days. LOL
But as a side note here....I want everyone to understand...You do not have to have a license to be good at what you do! Some of the best "Vet techs" I have ever met are not licensed! It is in the works for licensing to be required. And you will have to attend school in order to sit for the boards. But that has not happened yet. And you can still get licensed based on experiance. They also want to change it from "Vet Tech" To "Vet Nurse" which I do not agree with because a "nurse" Does not do as much as we do as "techs" I personaly want it differentiated. Now that i have rambled on LOL I think Im gonna let this end before I write a book! (and believe I could) HAHA Thank you for reading this!