The Disadvantages of Being a Vet Assistant

There are so many reasons why you should become a veterinary assistant. But, did you think about the disadvantages? Here are a few things you should know about before beginning your career in vet assisting.

  • You will smell like and have to clean up poop daily.
  • Pet hair will always be a part of your wardrobe by the end of the day.
  • An entry-level position’s salary as veterinary assistant is low. In fact, it can start out around $20k per year. Be patient, however, because the more experience you have the higher your salary will become.
  • You may have to euthanize animals. This is the worst part of the job. It will take an emotional toll on you, so be prepared.
  • There’s no avoiding it, you will get bit, scratched and possibly exposed to illnesses, like ringworm. You could also get injured from heavy lifting.
  • Cleaning up cages, floors, exam tables, surgery tools, laundry, and anything else needed will be on your to do list.
  • Animals sometimes become uncooperative, which means you will have to spend time restraining them.
  • Some pet owners can be rude and obnoxious.
  • Maintaining patient records and filling out treatment sheets can be tedious.
  • The work environments can be stressful.

This information isn’t to discourage you about becoming a veterinary assistant. It’s simply just to inform you of the negative things that can happen while on the job. If this is truly something you want to do, then go for it. Remember, you will always have to take the good with the bad in any career you choose.