Who are Veterinary Assistants?

While every position within the veterinary practice team is important, veterinary assistants play a pivotal role, literally.

In the course of a single day, an assistant provides help to veterinarians and veterinary technicians which in turn allows those team members to perform the tasks and responsibilities of their positions. The next minute, the assistant may be helping a client understand why having their pet's teeth cleaned is so important or providing a receptionist with a second set of hands at the front desk. Helping to fill scripts, keeping exams rooms cleaned and prepped, setting up lab work, helping with inventory, updating medical records, assisting with nursing care - there are more things that veterinary assistants do in a day than most people realize.

This document - Team Roles - helps to clarify the roles, training, and certification of the various members of the practice team.