While every position within the veterinary practice team is important, veterinary assistants play a pivotal role, literally at the veterinary clinic.
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.
On the other hand, being a veterinary receptionist requires hard work, excellent interpersonal skills, and being highly organized when dealing with paperwork, medications and animal records. When you are hired as a veterinary receptionist, you will have on-the-job training to learn how the clinic is organized and run on a daily basis.
To become a veterinary receptionist, you must have a love of animals. You will be around them all day. You need a high school diploma or GED certificate. You will need computer skills to check in and maintain owner and pet information, and excellent communication skills to talk and gather information.