The starting wage for veterinary assistants varies, mostly based on location. Veterinary assistant hourly wages typically range from around $8.61 to $14.71, with a median of $10, as of September 2015.
Tenure is a secondary factor in wage variation, so new veterinary assistant wages probably fall on the lower end of the spectrum. Forty percent of veterinary assistants receive medical benefits, while 20 percent receive dental coverage. Veterinary assistants work alongside veterinarians to perform vaccinations, draw blood and assist with surgery in certain situations. In addition to animal care, some veterinary assistants are responsible for clerical duties, communicating with pet owners and maintaining a tidy work environment.