Veterinary Jobs: Common Questions and Answers, Salaries and More

Parisa Blair

Apr 19, 2021

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Are you thinking of getting a job in the veterinary field? Do you want some more information about the possibilities? Do you have a lot of questions about it? Many people who are interested in working with animals want to focus on the veterinary field, so you’re not alone!

Important Information about Veterinary Jobs

Below, we’ll show you some of the most important information you’ll need to know about veterinary jobs if you’re thinking of working in the field. You can use this information to help you choose.


Below are some frequently asked questions people consider when determining if they want to work in the veterinary field.

How Many Years of College are Required for a Job as a Veterinarian?

It takes anywhere from three to five years to complete a Bachelor’s degree program toward the goal of becoming a veterinarian. It then takes another four years to complete a Doctorate degree in veterinary medicine before you can practice.

How Long Does it Take to Become a Veterinary Assistant?

It can take anywhere from 6 to 12 months to earn a veterinary assistant certification from most accredited schools. However, it’s important to note here that certifications aren’t required to become a veterinary assistant, although it could help to learn some basics. 

How Long Does it Take to Become a Veterinary Technician?

It usually takes about two years to earn a degree to become a veterinary technician. An Associate’s degree is usually the right amount of school to find this type of veterinary job. 

There are also Bachelor degree programs for Veterinary Technology, which is a great choice if you’re considering one day becoming a veterinarian.

What are Some Important Skills to Have in Order to Work in Veterinary Medicine?

It is crucial to have compassion and understanding for animals as well as for their human families. It is also necessary to be able to handle seeing sick, injured, or dying animals on a regular basis.

It’ll also be important to able to solve problems and think critically, and to work with a sense of urgency. You should also have a strong interest in science to be a full-fledged veterinarian.

Job Types

The most common veterinary job types in this field include:


A veterinarian is the lead doctor at a veterinary practice. Some vet offices have just one lead doctor, but most of them—especially in larger towns and busier cities—have multiple vets who work at one practice.

Vets are responsible for personally seeing every patient and helping pet families make sometimes difficult decisions about their pets’ wellbeing, too. There is also a lot of paperwork, documentation, and critical thinking involved in working as a veterinarian.

While it is not an easy job, it is a very fulfilling one.

Veterinary Technician

A veterinary technician can sometimes be thought of as a nurse to a veterinarian. Vet techs are capable of checking patients before the veterinarian arrives and can sometimes diagnose mild to moderate problems themselves.

Vet techs can also check medical history with pet parents and are able to administer most tests, such as taking blood or performing X-rays. They can also give medication and are able to give both medication injections and regular vaccinations.

If a pet is going to the vet just to have her shots updated, she will probably only see the vet for a moment and spend most of her time with the vet tech.

Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary assistants are less capable of performing diagnostic work and cannot provide any treatments to pets. However, vet assistants usually bathe pets as needed and may groom them depending on their needs as well.

Their responsibilities can range from cleaning kennels, taking pets out for bathroom breaks and exercise, and keeping the vet’s office organized and more. They typically assist in holding animals still while being X-rayed or receiving shots, but they will not perform these tests or injections on their own. Vet assistants can also be responsible for ordering and stocking medical inventory and assist with the check-in and check-out processes.

Veterinary assistants usually set up the individual rooms and treatment areas and clean them between each patient.


Note: This salary information is current as of 2021.

The general range for salaries for common veterinary jobs are:


Veterinarians usually make anywhere from $75k to $140k per year, depending on level of education and location.

Veterinary Technician

Vet techs can expect to make between $27k and $53k per year depending on education level and experience as well as location.

Veterinary Assistant

Vet assistants often make between $21k and $47k per year, with more experience contributing to a higher salary.

Keep in mind, these salaries are national averages and can vary drastically based on specialty type, level of education, experience and geographic location.

Find the Veterinary Job That’s Right for You

So what do you think? Do you feel like a veterinary job is right for you? Veterinary work can be very rewarding, but it can also be difficult and sometimes competitive. It’s important to weigh your options and think about the various possibilities within veterinary medicine in order to choose whether or not this field is right for you.

At VEG, we’re always looking to expand our emergency team with more compassionate and dedicated people. We have locations all over the country and offer different programs for people with different levels of experience. Check the emergency veterinary jobs we’re currently hiring for stay updated with any new positions that may open!