How to create a vet assistant resume

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How to create a vet assistant resume
A good resume can help in landing a veterinary Aassistant job. (dog 2 image by Mikhail Olykainen from

Creating a vet assistant resume begins with analysing the job description. Your resume should show your experience in working with animals, clients and the veterinarian. If you have experience working with small animals, mention your skills in this area. Mention your computer and office skills, as you'll probably have to make appointments, fill out records and bill clients. Vet assistants feed animals, clean cages, help doctors handle the animals during an examination, put away supplies, order, make appointments, and deal with clients who call to find out how their pet is. If you have no previous veterinary experience but love animals and are eager to learn, some offices might offer internships to help you acquire needed skills.

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    Put your name, e-mail address and phone number in the top centre of a Word document or the word processing program you use to type your resume. Under your contact information comes the job title, "Veterinary Assistant." Under position title give your profile, a short description of why you are qualified for the position. Incorporate key skills listed in the job description in your resume, such as animal handling, administration of vaccines, nail clipping, grooming, inventory management and veterinary assistance during diverse medical procedures and office skills.

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    State why you are applying for the position. Many people become veterinary assistants because of their love for animals, interest in veterinary medicine and desire to ensure optimal care for pets. Explain whether this is the career field you intend to stay in or whether are studying to become a veterinarian or veterinary technician.

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    Detail your work history, either in chronological order or in order of relevance, and list the years worked. With each listing, add experience tailored to fit the job requirements. Demonstrate that you have experience with various types of animals and that you have helped in multiple kinds of medical procedures. Perhaps you own a horse and have experience with large animals. If you have no hands-on experience with animal medicine, make it clear that you are committed to pursuing a career in this area and are willing to work as an intern until you acquire the needed skills. Also show that you have patience, dexterity, skill in administrative work and computer and people skills.

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    Under an “Education” section, list your degree and the college it was attained from. If you're hoping to go to vet school, mention that here. If you are pursuing or already have an AA degree as a veterinary assistant, note that, and mention whether the school you attended is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Vet assistants may often have to know programs such as Microsoft Excel, Word and Access. Under a "Technical Knowledge" section, list the programs you know. Add a “Volunteer” section if you have worked for shelters, animal or medical non-profit. Proofread your resume for spelling and grammar mistakes.

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