Are you considering a career in veterinary medicine?

Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, receptionists and veterinary assistants are integral members of veterinary health care teams. All veterinary health care team members are dedicated to advocating for the health and well-being of animals. Usually individuals are attracted to the profession based on their love of animals; however, a large component of these jobs entail client communication and compassion for pet owners. Veterinary health care professionals understand the importance of animal welfare and the interdependent bond between animals and humans. Veterinary medicine is varied and challenging, however, it is also extremely rewarding.

 

Veterinarians:

A typical day in the life of a veterinarian working with small animals includes educating pet owners about preventative animal health care such as their pet’s life stage requirements, nutrition, parasite prevention and oral care, performing examinations, diagnosing and treating patient health problems, vaccinating pets against various diseases, treating and dressing wounds, surgery and euthanasia.

Veterinarians have the option to focus on preventative animal health care in companion or large animal practices or specialize in certain areas such as radiology, cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, oncology, internal medicine and surgery.

How To Become A Veterinarian:

Step 1: Take academic high school courses in science, math and English.

Step 2: Complete a minimum of two years in an undergraduate degree, which includes eight prerequisite courses for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.

Step 3: Receive personal references and practical hands-on experience working with animals and veterinarians.

Step 4: Earn a four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

Step 5: Pass the veterinary licensing examination by the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

 

Veterinary Technicians:

Veterinary technicians are responsible for recording patient history, collecting and analyzing blood, urine, feces, ear and skin swabs, preparing patients, instruments and equipment for surgery, assisting in medical and surgical procedures, providing specialized patient care as well as taking and developing x-rays.

How To Become A Veterinary Technician:

Step 1: Take applied or academic high school courses in math, biology, chemistry and English.

Step 2: Complete the Health Occupations Aptitude Examination.

Step 3: Complete a 2-year Veterinary Technician program.

 

Receptionists:

Receptionists are responsible for answering and directing incoming calls, emails and faxes, greeting clients, providing general assistance to clients, appointment scheduling and invoicing.

How To Become A Receptionist:

Step 1: The minimum education required to become a receptionist is a high school diploma.

Step 2: Obtain experience in a field that requires administrative skills. (Employers generally look for candidates with 1-3 years of experience). Experience working with veterinary software such as AVImark is also a huge asset.

Step 3: Many employers look for certain skill sets when hiring a receptionist. For example, customer service, oral and written communication, organization and listening skills are all taken into consideration.

 

Veterinary Assistants:

Veterinary assistants are responsible for helping with basic animal care, supporting veterinarians in treatments and procedures, cleaning exam rooms, kennels, instruments and equipment as well as feeding and exercising hospitalized patients.

How To Become A Veterinary Assistant:

Step 1: Earn a high school diploma or be high school diploma candidate.

Step 2: Volunteer or gain experience working with animals.

Step 3: Consider earning a certificate as a Veterinary Assistant. The one-year program allows students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to assist veterinarians.

 

Join Our Team:

If you would like to apply for a position within Baywood Animal Hospitals please email your cover letter and resume to info@baywoodanimalhospital.ca