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Should I work at the front desk or on the animals in a vet's office?

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Michael’s Answer

Not sure what you question is exactly. If you are asking about being a vet tech, then you will be working on animals once you can be trusted with things that are not animals. You would likely get paid more. If you simply want to work at a vet, then an administrative assistent job is not likely to pay well or give you a career path.

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Dr. Frank’s Answer

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.

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Karen’s Answer

If you are not sure which position at a vet you want to pursue, i would go to local vet's and see if they would be willing to let you see what each position gets involved with. Maybe sit or observe them. That might help you decide but you will differently need to love all types of animals and have a stomach to see the worse that can happen with them also. Then you can pursue what schooling maybe needed.

Good Luck and working with animals can be fun and depressing.

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Janelle’s Answer

Depends if you are wanting to be hands on with the animals and you don't mind dealing with all that comes with their visit. If you have a love for animals or getting them well then i would say go for being in the back and being hands on. If you feel that maybe you are not wanting to see or deal with more of the nursing side and with everything that goes with that then be upfront and help families with appts or financing.