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As a veterinary assistant, your role is crucial in safeguarding the health of pets and livestock throughout Australia. You're a valuable part of any practice, assisting whenever and wherever it's needed.

But is it the career right for you? Well, that's what we'll explore here to give you a clear picture of what to expect after completing your online veterinary assistant's course with OCA. 

Read more: Skills Needed to Be a Vet Nurse

A Day in the Life of a Vet Assistant: What to Expect

Every day can be a bit different, especially depending on where you work. But let's imagine you're in a typical vet clinic, working the usual 9-5.

Read more: How to Become a Vet Nurse with Online Study

  • Morning Meet-up: Your day starts with a catch-up with your supervisor. Could be the vet or their technician. You'll get a heads-up on what your day will look like.
  • Animal Care Time: The first task on the list is looking after the animals. You'll change their bedding and make sure they have fresh food and water. Keeping their space clean is a big deal – it's all about comfort and health.
  • Health Checks: While you’re at it, keep an eye on how the animals are doing. Is anything odd or worrying? Let the vet know ASAP.
  • Assisting in Treatments: After your morning animal care routine, you’ll dive into helping with treatments. This could be setting up the exam room, getting the equipment ready, or even being hands-on with supervised treatment.
  • Admin Duties: Yep, there's paperwork too! Issuing invoices, welcoming clients, handling phone calls – you're the jack-of-all-trades making sure everything ticks over smoothly.
  • Compassionate Support: Sometimes, you'll need to be there for pet owners who are getting tough news. A supportive word or understanding nod can mean the world.
  • Wrapping Up the Day: As the day winds down, you'll make sure all the animals are snug in their spaces, fed, and watered, especially if the clinic isn't a 24-hour operation. The last task? A good clean-up of the practice and putting away any used equipment.

Being a vet assistant is about making the clinic run like a well-oiled machine. You're a crucial part of the team, ensuring the vet can provide the best care possible. Plus, you get to spend your day helping animals – how good is that?

Read more: 5 Reasons You Should Get Into Veterinary Medicine

Kickstart Your Career as a Vet Nurse Assistant with OCA

Want to turn your love for animals into a career? Our online veterinary courses are the ticket to a hugely rewarding job. If you’re all about animal care, then working as a veterinary assistant is the perfect role for you. 

With one-on-one mentoring and lifetime access to course content from wherever you are, there’s no better learning pathway than OCA’s online courses.

Want to find out what it’s like to study at Online Courses Australia? Watch our Student Study Demo to get a taste of the OCA difference. 

Looking for more online courses? Check out our most popular courses, or visit our expansive course library that covers more than 20 professional industries.

If you’re ready to enrol or have additional questions, reach out to us at 1300 611 404 or [email protected]. We’re here to help you take your career to the next level. 

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