Types of Positions at a Veterinary Practice


Types of Positions at a Veterinary Practice

Do you love animals and dream of working in a veterinary practice? Veterinary practices offer various career opportunities. These range from hands-on animal care roles to administrative and support positions. Below is a closer look at some of the job categories in a veterinary clinic.




The veterinarian occupies the most well-known job in a veterinary clinic. Doctors of veterinary medicine are medical specialists. They diagnose and treat animal diseases, injuries, and illnesses. They also perform surgeries, provide vaccinations, and offer preventive care, among other responsibilities. 


Veterinary Technician/Technologist


Veterinary technicians and technologists are crucial members of the veterinary team. They perform various tasks, including the following:

  • Taking patient histories

  • Performing physical exams

  • Administering medications

  • Assisting in surgeries

  • Conducting laboratory tests

  • Providing nursing care to animals

They also educate pet owners on proper animal care and handling. Furthermore, they may assist with client communication and record keeping. 


Veterinary Assistant


Veterinary assistants work alongside veterinarians and vet techs. They provide support in various practice areas such as:

  • Restraining animals during exams and procedures

  • Cleaning and sanitizing equipment and facilities

  • Preparing medications and treatments

  • Providing general care for animals

They may also assist with administrative duties. These include scheduling appointments and managing records. 

Receptionist/Client Service Representative


The receptionist or client service representative is the clients' first point of contact. They greet clients, schedule appointments, answer phone calls, and manage inquiries. They also assist with administrative tasks, billing and financial transactions, and client records. Veterinary receptionists provide general information about the practice and its services. 


Animal Care Attendant


The daily upkeep of the animals is the responsibility of animal care attendants. They feed, exercise, groom, and give medication to animals when necessary. They clean enclosures, check the animals' welfare, and report behavior or health changes. They may also assist with restraining animals during exams and procedures.


Practice Manager/Administrator


The practice manager or administrator oversees the operation of the practice. They manage administrative responsibilities like budgeting, money management, marketing, and inventory control. They also play a crucial role in strategic planning and staff management. They ensure the practice complies with regulations and standards. 




Some veterinary practices may have a grooming department or offer grooming services. Groomers provide grooming services to animals. These include bathing, trimming, brushing, and styling their fur or hair. They may also clean and trim nails, clean ears, and provide other grooming services as needed. 


Laboratory Technician


To help diagnose animals, veterinary laboratory technicians conduct various laboratory tests. They gather animal samples like blood, urine, and tissue. They test them using sophisticated machinery and then analyze the outcomes. 


A veterinary practice comprises a wide group of experts. They collaborate to offer animals top-notch treatment. Each plays a crucial role in practice, from vets and vet techs to animal care attendants.

Are you fond of animals or would like to explore more veterinary resources? Are you looking for career opportunities in the veterinary field? If so, check out our website. We are currently hiring for various positions in our practice.

For more on types of positions at a veterinary practice or is interested in working for our practice, visit Highland Veterinary Clinic at our Evansville, Indiana office. Call 812-710-4300 to discuss any questions or to schedule an appointment today.