- Prepare for jobs in any type of medical office
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- Prepare to earn average salaries ranging from $26,000 - $34,000/yr
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Veterinary Assistant and Medical Office Assistant Job Description and Earning Potential
What will I be doing as veterinary assistant or medical office assistant?
With Career Step’s training program, you’ll gain the skills needed to work as a veterinary assistant or a medical office assistant in any type of medical facility. These additional medical office skills give you job market flexibility and also positions you well to move into a veterinary office management role as you gain experience. Let’s take a look at each of these roles.
Veterinary assistants help veterinarians and veterinary technicians and technologists care for animals in clinics and practices nationwide. Responsibilities may include:
- Feeding, bathing, and exercising animals
- Cleaning and disinfecting cages, kennels, and examination and operation rooms
- Restraining animals during examination and laboratory procedures
- Monitoring and caring for animals after surgery
Medical office assistants keep the administrative aspects of a medical practice running smoothly. Responsibilities may include:
- Creating and updating patients’ electronic health records
- Managing the day-to-day operations of a medical facility
- Scheduling and coordinating appointments
- Verifying patient insurance
The 24/7 nature of healthcare, makes nights and weekend schedules a possibility for professionals in these fields. However, it’s important to keep in mind that most office administration staff work more standard day-time hours.
How much can I make as a veterinary assistant or medical office professional?
Salaries for veterinary assistants and medical office assistants vary by employer, geographic location, and experience, and ultimately they pay you can expect will depend on the type of job you take.
- Veterinary assistants are reported to earn between $20,340 and $29,690 a year.
- Medical office assistants are reported to earn between $27,070 and $39,540 a year.
These salaries are provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, and as you gain experience you may also be able to move into a veterinary office or practice manager job—which Payscale.com reports has average salaries of $46,000 a year.