Do You Need A High School Diploma to Become A Veterinary Assistant?

I heard that you don't need a high school diploma or ged to become a veterinary assistant and I heard that you don't even have to go to school or college to become a veterinary assistant, they will train and teach you everything on the job but is this true? Also, what is a veterinary assistant hourly rate, monthly rate, and yearly rate? All answers are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Asked By: Mary - 12/20/2010
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No state in the US has any educational requirements for working as a veterinary ASSISTANT. This is an entry level-position in a veterinary facility and training is generally done on the job. Because most training is done on the job it is often very cursory and lacks the depth and breadth of a formal education... More
Answered By: CindyRVT - 12/20/2010
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It depends on the veterinarian. Some want a certified technician which usually is a two year program after high school. Some will hire people that they like who are good with animals. Without certification don't expect to make more than minimum wage... More
Answered By: Ranger - 12/20/2010
I don't know what country you live in, but in Australia (and I would presume most other countries) being a veterinary assistant requires hard work and years of study. Not only do you have to finish high school, you need to study it at uni (which you need a high school diploma to get into). I would imagine being a... More
Answered By: swirlymist - 12/20/2010
It depends on the type of position. If it's a full-time position that requires office work then they will probably require a high school diploma or GED... More
Answered By: altaira_3 - 12/20/2010
Yes, you're better off with a high school diploma and a college degree.
Answered By: Jessie - 12/20/2010
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