Veterinary assistant

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What are my activities in this job?
Veterinary assistants provide assistance with treatments as well as surgical interventions by veterinarians. They care for the animals throughout the entire course of treatment in the practice or clinic. They also prepare X-ray imagery, work in the laboratory and care for the animals at the infirmary. They also advise animal owners on prevention, follow-up care and proper animal ownership. Veterinary assistants are also responsible for hygiene, maintaining the proper condition of the veterinary pharmacy and providing first aid for animals. Another area of responsibility is the administration and organisation of the everyday work of the practice.
Where can I work?
Veterinary assistants work mainly in veterinary practices or clinics as well as in veterinary diagnostic laboratories, zoos, animal shelters and pet shops.
What requirements must I meet?
  • First general school leaving certificate; completion of education & training that extends the first general school leaving certificate; some other general training & education programme.
How much will the training cost?
There are no costs.


More information on training


Information on training & education programmes

Location of the training provider


Type of training/education

Academic and practical


3 years


Veterinary assistant


The academic training lasts three years and includes a theoretical component in a school and a practical portion within the training organisation.

Student stipend/allowance

A training wage is paid that increases for each year of training.

State recognition